I've learned that a great way to save money is to go meatless one or two days a week for dinner. We've especially been doing this ever since we joined our meat CSA. Since the organic, grass fed meat is a little more expensive, we've found that eating meatless meals about twice a week makes up for the extra cost of the higher quality meat. I've found some filling favorites that please everyone!
This spicy bean and lentil casserole is one of our favorites. And if you used dried beans instead of canned, it's even cheaper to make! (more on dried vs. canned later this week)
Spicy Rice, Bean and Lentil Casserole
(adapted from 500 Best Healthy Recipes)
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 3/4 c vegetable stock or water
3/4 c brown rice
1/2 c green lentils
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chili powder
1 can red kidney beans (you can substitute any type of bean that you like)
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup salsa
Salt to taste
*Saute garlic, onions and green peppers in oil for about 3 minutes. Stir
in stock, brown rice, lentils, basil and chili powder. Bring to a boil,
cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook 30 to 40 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until rice and lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed.
* Stir in beans, corn, salsa; cover and cook 5 minutes or until heated through.
* We like to eat this topped with shredded cheese and sour cream with a green salad on the side. It's super delicious and very filling!! We also put the leftovers in tortillas for quick meatless burritos for lunch!
Some other of my favorite recipes featuring lentils are:
Lentil and Rice Casserole (from passionate homemaking)
Sloppy Lentils (also from passionate homemaking)
Some other ideas for meatless meals that we frequently eat would be:
Homemade Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese with a green side salad or veggie
Whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce, topped with cheese with a green salad or veggie and garlic bread
Caesar salad wraps(you can add avocado and omit the chicken) in a pita pocket or tortilla, hummus and veggies and fruit.
Does anyone else have any favorite meatless recipes that they love?