A Month Of Meatless Shopping
Typically during the month of March, meat prices at your local grocery stores are not the most economical. With that in mind, I glanced in our own fridge and freezer to see that we actually have quite a pile of meats on hand. So, in our household, in an effort to eat down the meat, and to trim our own grocery budget expenses, we are not buying any meats this month.
You could probably do the same thing in your home too. Take a peek in your freezer. Is it full to the top and you can’t even remember what is on the bottom? If so, then join me in this challenge.
Using Up What’s On Hand
Throughout the year when meats are on sale for a great price I tend to stock up with an extra package of meat here or there. Continuing to do that week in and week out can lead to an eventual problem.
When do you actually cook up those extra packages of meat?
This is now being declared “A Month Of Meatless Shopping”. As you can see, this is not a meatless month—it is just a month to not buy meat in the grocery stores. This current month of March is presenting itself as the perfect opportunity to do this as I’ve noticed that there are less and less meats on sale.
Let’s get defrosting, and cooking. It makes perfect sense to put aside time a couple of times a year to do just this. Cook down what you already have. To just keep stocking up and never cooking it is not being a good steward with your finances either.
Especially if you have tight finances, you don’t want to be throwing out food because it went bad in the fridge. Or perhaps it became freezer burnt to a hard unrecognizable lump in the bottom of the freezer. Meat is far too expensive to just buy and then throw out.
Get purposeful and eat what you have already worked hard for and stored up at home.
Bring Out The Crock Pot
Now is a great time to pull out the Crock Pot and cook up some of those cuts of meat that have been waiting in your freezer the longest. A Crock Pot is a nice slow gentle way to cook the toughest cuts of meat and make them fall right off the bone.
Add some carrots, yellow onions, and cabbage. These 3 vegetables seem to be in bountiful supply at this time of year.
A customized blend of your favorite spices to flavor and you are all set. (Don’t know what is in your Spice Cupboard? Join our Pantry Challenge For Beginners happening.)
A Crock Pot is so handy for tossing all the ingredients in it in the morning. Set the temperature on low to have it ready in 8 hours.What a great invention. A huge time saver, and a real meat saver device too.
Do you have a couple of pieces of chicken that have been in the freezer for awhile? Pull out a can of pasta sauce from your Pantry Cupboard and make One Two Crock Pot Chicken.
Bring Out The Baking Sheet
Perhaps you found some Pork Chops in behind the ice cream. Well, pull them out and make some Montreal Spice Pork Chops for dinner. Again, a simple meal requiring only 2 ingredients.
Using up your stockpile of meats doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. Just an ingredient or two and you will have succeeded. We are all about EMPOWERING you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE here. And keeping meal time simple, economical and real is a part of that goal of helping you be EMPOWERED.
Bring Out The Dutch Oven Or Stewing Pot
Sometimes just throwing some odds and sods of ingredients into a big stew pot is a wonderful thing. Again, add some vegetables, a little spice and voila. Use up those little bits of leftover vegetables sitting in the fridge too. Mom’s Winter Meat Medley is created. Make some hot Homemade Biscuits, lather on some butter, and dunk away!
Lastly Don’t Forget The Roast Pan
Do you recall childhood memories of the familiar Sunday Roast Beef Dinner? The aroma of Roast Beef, mashed potatoes and gravy filling the air. Gatherings of family, good conversation and fun times.
Revive those memories and make new ones today. Bring your roasting pan out of storage, and make your own Roast Beef and gravy. Most of us have a roast of beef somewhere in our freezers. Why is it there? Because we bought it due to those childhood memories and fond thoughts. But then your busy life interferes with good intentions and the roast gets stuck in the freezer.
Now is the time to pull the Beef Roast out and start making new memories. New memories with your significant other, and your children. Years from now, they too, will realize that those times of a month of meatless shopping were times of great meals. Only you will know that cleaning out your freezer and saving money was the goal of the moment. But you’ll cherish those memories too.
Here we go—a month of meatless shopping in the Buker household is beginning with Montreal Spice Salmon Fillets. Comment below and let me know what you are having for dinner tonight.