I wouldn't be a good blogger if I didn't share our favorite life rhythms with you.
A new favorite (maybe just mine, Ryan is a carnivore at heart) is eating a vegetarian dinner every other night.
In January 2013 I spent $106 on groceries...for the WHOLE month. Just using what we already had in the house plus 2 produce grocery runs allowed this vegetarian idea to blossom. And boy did it work to save us money!
Note: Such a drastic bill may not be true every month. You'll have to take that number with a grain of salt based on your home's current food status, family size, store sales, etc
This was a simple transition for our health, our budget, and a delicious shift for our palettes.
And I have to confess to you how NOT bland or tasteless veggie dinners are. The complete
So what do you eat if you try this out?
Heavy on the veggies is the only requirement we follow! But here are more ideas for you...
"Vegetarian Dinner Every Other Night" Meal Ideas
We have eaten every single dinner listed above very recently. Delicious, nutritious, and flavorful.
Truly this has revolutionized my meal plans. I usually double the recipe so we have lunches for the next day, which also helps save money. It's fun to see our initiative in decreased meat-purchasing also decrease our bill.
And even if I spend more than $106 this month, it's still a smokin' good deal! This new habit naturally bends us towards more health and greater frugality. Win, win!
Try it with us? I'll make you a vegetarian meal if you can beat $106 on your grocery bill next month :)
Disclaimer: We still eat meat! The occasional organic red meat, chicken, and ground turkey. But it's only about 3 nights of the week which is still plenty.