Meet Me Monday: Plain Graces

Today’s Meet Me Monday Guest Blogger is Nicole from Plain Graces

Plain Graces focuses on family, nature, and FOOD!  It’s a place where everyday, plain items become special and deliciously blessed.  Nicole has posts on crafting with children, child rearing, marriage reflections, Nebraska tales, and the Monkees when the mood strikes.  She has a degree and background in elementary education and currently runs a daycare in her home when is not typing on the computer.

You can find Plain Graces on the blog site, Facebook and Twitter.

Nicole has provided us with a great Guest post today titled:

Stretching the Meat!- Meatless Mondays

My family eats a lot.  On average I feed about 15 people 5 days a week and then 5 or more everyday on the weekend.  I fill carts with cans, fruit, veggies, and meat at the store just to turn around and lug my haul into the house.  I try really hard to keep my items in one cart and all the checkout girls know who I am.  Honestly, they probably try to avoid me and my mountain of products.

Last week we made a run to the store and I purchased 20 pounds of hamburger.  My son and I divided them into smaller packages and then froze them in our deep freeze.

One valuable tip:  Avoid letting your son carry them all in one bag to the freezer.  Chances are he won’t unload the bag and he will throw the whole thing in.  Now, they are all frozen together and I have to chisel the packages apart.  Workout for food…It’s a new program I am starting.

With meat prices on the rise I try really hard to get the most for my money.  A lot of people are unable to get a side of beef or pork at one time and need to rely on frugal grocery shopping.  Here are a few of my family’s tips.

  • I used to buy ground turkey, but now the price is comparable to ground beef in our area.  I do stock up if it is on sale.  Not all ground turkey brands are created equal and a few provide better quality.
  • Go meatless for two meals a week.  This isn’t really as hard as you would think.  Eggs or cheese provide protein in a lot of dishes.  You can also soak beans and make great dishes from soup to quesadillas.  Pizza can be made meatless if you have to please picky eaters in the family.

You can read the rest of these great tips over at Plain Graces: Stretching the Meat! – Meatless Mondays.

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