Soup and Beans

We eat a lot of meat around here.  Every supper is absolutely meat-centered.  While I am a snacker and eat throughout the day, hubs is more of a three squares kind of guy, so each meal needs to count, especially when he has undertaken some massive house project that requires a lot of energy.  I don't really have a problem with that except that meat is expensive and with an entire set of new living room furniture looming on the horizon I decided to look for ways to stretch the groceries and cut back on the ever-pricey meat.  While nothing beats a steak in my opinion, one steak can only take you so far, so I'm going to see if I can be creative by using meat in smaller amounts and substituting things like beans and pasta instead.

Starting here:


I'm going to try making a few soup(ish) things each week, which will give us leftovers, and then have maybe one largely meat-based meal a week.  Now, I guarantee that this book will give me lots of ideas, but I doubt I will actually like all 300 recipes so I will probably need more.  That's where you come in (see, interactive!).

If you have a fabulous low meat/no meat recipe, I'd love to see it.  It can be anything- not just soup.  Leave me a comment, send me an e-mail, or link up a blog post of your own, someone else's, Food nEtwoek, Martha, Pinterest pin, etc. in the link-up below.  I cook every night, and it's frustrating to try and come up with new stuff to make, so I'm excited to see what you share!


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  1. What about doing some kind of stir fry served with rice? That'll help fill him up. These next two recipes I found on Pinterest and haven't tried yet, but they sound pretty good and meaty:

    http://www.plainchicken.com/2012/01/slow-cooker-ham-white-beans.html
    http://ww-recipes.net/2012/01/weight-watchers-taco-soup-recipe-4-ww-points-6-ww-points-plus

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  2. Oops, and I just scrolled back up and see you said no soup. So, um, maybe disregard that second link. Ha.

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    1. No, soup is good! I was just saying it doesn't HAVE to be soup. Actually, the hubs is a huge fan of soup, so that's why I'm starting there. :) Thanks for the links!

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  3. Growing up, my family didn't have a lot of money so my mom cooked with a lot of beans and lentils instead of meat. Now I'm used to those types of things and I like eating some vegetarian dishes. Andrew has had to adapt because he's half Irish and is used to meat and potatoes. One of our favorites is this curried lentils dish-- http://thecooksnextdoor.com/2010/10/28/weekend-fare-curried-lentils/

    The recipe comes from the More with Less cookbook-- http://www.amazon.com/More-less-Doris-Janzen-Longacre/dp/083619103X

    My mom cooked a lot of stuff from this cookbook and I still do today. There are a lot of meat free recipes that are super filling and tasty, yet have very few ingredients or use ingredients that you would have on hand anyway.

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