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5 Recipes to Stretch Your Meat Budget

5 Recipes to Stretch Your Meat Budget

Even if you're not feeling the pinch of inflation, it never hurts to save a little money, right? Check out these 5 recipes that will help you stretch your meals throughout the week and extend your food budget a bit.

Oven-Baked Spicy Curry Drumsticks - Drumsticks are one of the least expensive cuts of meats, but they are flavorful and super easy to cook. Add some rice or beans to this meal to stretch it even further. Plus, save the drumstick bones to make stock later. You can also make this recipe with chicken legs, just bake it for a bit longer, until the meat reaches 165 degrees on the inside.

Pork Meatballs with Apple & Onion - These savory/sweet meatballs are made with ground pork, which is one of the less expensive meats, but they also include grated apples and onions. The addition of vegetables (and fruits, in this case) will bulk up the recipe on the cheap, and add flavor and nutrients.

Tacos de Lengua - Tongue! Though it can be psychologically intimidating to cook, tongue is a flavorful and incredibly tender cut of meat. Plus, it happens to be one of the cheapest cuts, and unlike some bone-in products, there is nothing but meat here. One large tongue can easily make enough tacos for a family. We have beef and buffalo tongue available in the farm store.

Beef and Lentil Burger with Cilantro Lime Mayo - A great way to stretch your meat budget is to incorporate less expensive proteins into your meat recipes. This Beef & Lentil Burger is a good example of that technique, and can be adapted to any ground protein - buffalo, elk, venison, turkey, or pork. Try it with meatballs or meatloaf, too.

Easy Chicken Ramen Soup - Upgrade from the college favorite. This ramen

recipe features chicken broth (make your own from bone and veggie scraps to save money) with a variety of veggies, noodles, and chicken. This recipe is so versatile, just check out your freezer or fridge and go from there. You can grill up a pork chop and throw that into the soup instead of the chicken. Or, use a beef or buffalo steak that would normally only feed one person, cook it rare, and slice thinly to add tons of flavor without a high price tag.
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