Meat is often the most expensive ingredient in a dish, so here are some ideas on extending a meal without compromising on the nutrition and taste, while keeping within your budget:
- Get to know your legumes. Canned lentils are super cheap and extremely versatile, making them a great addition to mince-based dishes. Add a can of lentils to your spaghetti bolognese or meatball recipe to stretch the dish a few extra serves.
- Understand portion size and what a healthy plate looks like. A serving of meat is about the size of your palm or 2 slices of cooked meat (100 g). At dinnertime, you may combine lean steak with half a plate of vegetables and a quarter plate of carbohydrates, such as rice, pasta or starchy vegetables like potato.
- Buy meat when it’s on special and freeze what you can. Meat can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months (some types, such as mince, can only be stored for two months). And don’t be afraid to shop around! All Quality Mark retailers sell beef and lamb that is of the highest standard and you may find a special deal outside of your local supermarket. For a list of retailers in your area, click here.
- Have a go at cooking a beef or lamb roast and plan multiple meals from the one cooking session. Serve hot roast meat with vegetables the first night then use leftover meat the next day:
- In tacos, pitas or wraps
- Make sandwiches with added salad, cheese, hummus etc.
- Fill a baked potato with leftover meat, chopped onion, canned tomatoes and cheese
- Use in a soup like our Harira recipe
You can also reserve the bones from your roast, add to a large pot of boiling water with vegetables/vegetable scraps and make your own stock. There are plenty of recipes online or get in touch with our nutritionist for more information on making your own stock (also called bone broth).
For further information, check out this page
on our website for a more detailed document on how to make your meat go further.