Budgeting seems to be on everyone's minds these days, especially when it comes to buying groceries. Coupons are a great way to pinch those pennies on toilet paper and shampoo, but what about it when it comes to buying meat. Not many retailers have coupons we can use on meat, like ground beef.
Starting with these simple tips, we can make our meats stretch a little further and in long run end up using less and buying less.
Don't be afraid to experiment with more expensive, healthier meats, like ground turkey. I've recently switched to buying ground turkey. My family and I couldn't be happier with the change. We can't tell the difference. Plus, I no longer have to fuss over trying to drain all the grease out of the pan. It's wonderful!
Sweet potato puree (1/4 cup per pound)- Adds extra nutrition and sweetness. Sweet potato puree will not discolor the meat, so your family will not know it is there.
Beans (1/4 cup per pound)- Mashed pinto beans will provide you with an excellent source of protein and fiber. Plus, they are similar in color and texture to the ground beef, which will help you hide the extra nutrition from your family. Beans would be a great addition in making tacos, burritos, casseroles, meatloafs or shepherd's pie.
Quick Oats or Cooked Brown Rice (1/4 cup per pound)- Either one you choose will not affect the texture or color. And both, will provide you with fiber.
Whole wheat bread crumbs- Begin with 1/4 to 1/2 cup per pound of ground beef, and mix in by hand when the meat is still raw. Bread crumbs are great for making meatloafs, meatballs, and hamburgers.