It seems that all the health experts agree that Americans, overall, eat far too much meat, and not enough fruits and veggies. In planning meals for the week, and trying to reduce the grocery budget even more, I started thinking about some changes to our menu. I am looking into some recipes that will reduce the amount of meat my family eats. Iâ€™m not planning on making drastic changes that will have my family rebelling… just some small changes.
For example, I have a chicken casserole recipe that we like. I normally use 4 chicken breasts in the casserole. However, it would be very easy for me to reduce that to 3 without changing the taste of the meal. I could toss in an extra helping of the veggies that are already in there, or add an additional type of veggie to it.
Another effort Iâ€™m making is looking into having one meatless dinner per week.Â Vegetable stir-fry with rice is a good option that comes to mind. Weâ€™ve also made spaghetti squash casserole before. Personally, Iâ€™m not crazy about some of the typical vegetarian foods such as tofu and hummus, but I do believe there are many ways to reduce my grocery budget without offending my familyâ€™s tastebuds!
In addition, Iâ€™m trying really hard to keep fruits and veggies around as snacks. My entire family will eat it if itâ€™s available. So, carrot sticks, grapes, melon, pineapple, sugar snap peas are all great snack or dessert items, just to name a few. If you really want to make it seem like dessert, add some whipped cream or fat-free pudding or yogurt to the fruit.
So, this week, I challenge you to reduce your meat intake and start experimenting with some recipes. Vegetables are considerably cheaper than meat and you will be getting the added health benefits as well.
I would love to hear what some of your favorite vegetarian or low-meat recipes are!
New club for pet owners! Publix has started a new Pet Club. Register now to receive tips, valuable coupons and advance notice of special events.Â And, if you register before March 31, 2011, you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win free food for you and your pet. You can find all the details and/or registerhere.Â And donâ€™t forget they have other clubs and programs that can save you money. You can find all of them here.
PUBLIX SHOPPERS â€“ head on over to Stocking Spree to sign up for a Publix coupon booklet that will be good for the month of April. Apparently there is a limited number available so donâ€™t delay!
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Now, on to the deals this week!
Know the Lingo BOGO â€“ Buy one, get one free SS â€“ Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sundayâ€™s papers) RP â€“ Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sundayâ€™s papers) PG â€“ Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sundayâ€™s papers) GM â€“ General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sundayâ€™s papers) Blinkie â€“ coupon dispensers in stores Peelie â€“ coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag â€“ coupons found hanging on bottles All You â€“ Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription
Whole Foods:Â Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.
Publix Greenwise:Â Click here for their weekly ads.
Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!
Publix Buy Theirs, Get Ours Free Promotion â€“ click here for details.
For Publix â€œSuper Dealsâ€ for 3/3-3/9/11, please click here.
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