Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thrifty Thursday!

Thrifty Tip #56:  Meat tends to be one of the most expensive items in my grocery cart each week.  Try of one of these meatless dinner ideas to save on your grocery budget!

*Tomato Soup (delicious recipe from i am mommy!) and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

*Baked Potatoes loaded with...broccoli! (a little butter and cheese doesn't hurt either)

*Quesadillas (the kids like cheese, but Cody and I like fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella!)

*Breakfast for supper...vegetable omelets, pancakes, french toast, baked oatmeal...cereal?

*Black Bean Tacos (thank you, Peter Marie, for this brilliant idea!)

*Macaroni and Cheese (we love Annie's Mac and Cheese)

*Salad (this is definitely a favorite in the summer!)

*Peanut Butter and Jelly...or banana...Sandwiches

*Vegetable Soup

What's your favorite meatless dinner dish?  Please share!

Here's a new soup we just tried and it was a hit!

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

1 large head cauliflower, cut into flowerets
1 onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 c. chicken broth
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup half-and-half (I used 1% milk--not as thick, but it still worked fine!)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.  On a cookie sheet, toss cauliflower and onion slices with olive oil.
Roast for 30 minutes, stirring half way through.
In large saucepan, combine roasted cauliflower mixture, garlic, chicken broth, bay leaf and thyme. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes or until cauliflower is tender.
Discard bay leaf. Using a blender, puree soup.  (I left mine with a few chunky pieces of cauliflower.) Return soup to saucepan.  Stir in half-and-half or milk, salt and pepper.
Serve with a smile and lot of reassurance that this really is yummy!


peter marie said...

We don't eat a ton of meat either...probably once a week. Makes it feel extra special when we do!
We all love egg salad sandwiches or tuna sandwiches. I also always have pasta on hand and throw in odds and ends (veggies, black beans, olives, pesto, tomatoes, whatever) I could eat pasta everyday, but Harper is (unforutnately) the only one who agrees with me there.
Thanks for the tips!!

peter marie said...

Oh, and I ended up turning those black bean tacos into black bean taco pasta. It was yummy!

Amanda said...

Gosh... I dont know!! We dont do a lot a meals without meat... so I would really have to think on it! :)

Great menu plan! :)

une autre mère said...

We don't eat that many meatless meals, and the ones we do are already on your list. Our faves are quesadillas (I loved your idea of doing basil in them!), and tomato soup with grilled cheese. Thanks for some new ideas!