According to MSN Money, these are some average prices of popular meats by the pound in the U.S.:
Cheapest Ground Beef $3.00
Boneless Chicken Breasts $3.40
Canned Tuna $2.00
Compare this to their price estimates for non-meat protein items:
Dried Beans and Lentils $1.00
Rice (tasty mixed with beans) $.69
So, what are we supposed to do with this information? Not everybody wants to become a Super Vegan or something, right? (OK, well, I sure don't.) But here are some ways even meat-eaters can benefit:
- Challenge yourself to eat just one dinner per week without meat. Try black beans and rice (basic recipe here), red beans and rice (basic recipe here), or eliminating meat from a dish you already cook (for instance, making spaghetti without meat, or making tacos with pinto beans instead of ground beef.)
|Ham and bean soup, courtesy|
of New Gourmet
- Let meat share protein duties with non-meat. Choose a meat protein and then find a recipe that mixes it with a plant-based protein. This will require less meat overall, and will save you some money in total costs. For example, you could make chicken chili or red beans and rice with sausage.
- Keep in mind that completely "going vegetarian" (depending on what a complete vegetarian diet entails) isn't always a money-saver. Be sure to check prices and to look at different options!
...Here's to another happy week for your wallet -- and your stomach!