A Single Suggestion: Ways to Stretch Meat

I love meat.  Most of the dishes I make include meat in some form.  But meat can be the most expensive item on my grocery bill.  So here are some ways I make sure that the meat I buy goes further…

1. Chunk it. Make recipes that call for cubed or striped meat.  One chicken breast can serve 2-3 if it’s cubed into a soup, stew, casserole, or rice bake.

2. Flatten it. Flatten your meats with a meat mallet/tenderizer.  Put it in a plastic bag or in between plastic wrap and beat it until it’s an even thickness.  One flattened chicken breast can be cut into 2-3 portions.

3. Grind it. Buy ground meat (beef, turkey, chicken, pork) or grind it yourself (use the Kitchen Aid Mixer attachment).  Ground meat goes a lot further in a recipe.  I know that Publix will grind meat for you if you ask, and I’m sure other stores will as well.

4. Sandwich it. You just don’t need as much meat on a sandwich when compared to a slab of meat on a plate.

5. Use it all. Buy the whole chicken and use all the pieces.  Cook it in a slow cooker and save the broth for another recipe.

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