Money is tight these days. My grocery budget seems to get tighter and tighter all the time. I try to provide the most nutritional food for my family while attempting to stay within budget. A few staples can be found around my house for inexpensive ways to make my food dollars go further.
Rice is an inexpensive addition to many meals. It can be used as a side dish or a piece of the main course. I opt for long grain brown rice because it has a superior flavor and texture. It can be easily purchased for less than $1.50 per pound. I am able to buy a 20 pound bag of high quality brown rice at my local warehouse store for $12. The rice is easily prepared for long term storage in plastic containers such as dry soda bottles to make a bulk purchase stay fresh. Brown rice has fiber, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.
Dried beans are one of my favorite budget stretchers. Red beans and rice has become a staple in my home. It costs pennies a serving and is just delicious. Lentils can stretch hamburger meat in meatloaf or hamburgers without giving up flavor or make a delicious meat alternative patty! Beans are filled with filling fiber and B vitamins while being low in fat. Pinto beans, navy beans or black eyed peas; the list can go on and on with the amazing varieties of dried beans!
Cabbage frequents my family dinner table. The price hovers around 50 cents a pound, making an entire head cost around one dollar. It can be chopped up for coleslaw, stir fried with bacon for a delicious side dish or made into a casserole! There are hundreds of delicious, inexpensive recipes available. Cabbage is another food that is high in filling fiber but also has vitamin C and vitamin K.
Chicken Leg Quarters
Many grocery stores have ten pound bags of chicken leg quarters. These bags are often on sale for $5.00 or $0.50 a pound for chicken! This chicken can be baked, boiled or even used in the slow cooker. Dark meat chicken is full of flavor and protein. With many beef prices over $4.00 a pound, this is a bargain at the grocery store. Chicken leg quarters are a tasty way to still have meat on your plate, but at a budget pleasing price.
Carrots are a versatile food, perfect for cooks with any budget. Carrots are available year round for less than $1.00 a pound. Carrots are great for satisfying, crunchy snacks. They can be chopped up and added to soups, stir fry or many dishes. There are even many recipes for carrots to shine on their own as a side dish. Full of vitamin A and filling fiber, they are delicious to eat and good for you.