Beef It Up

Who doesn’t want to save a buck?  And why not make a healthy choice while you do it?

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Meat can be expensive.  If you are a conscious meat eater, and buy local, sustainable, grass fed beef, it can be even more expensive.  So let’s get you some money back!

zucchini

Go get yourself one of the cheapest summer veggies:  zucchini or squash.

In my case it’s a squazinni (very technical term) and it was from my garden and practically free.  If you don’t garden, don’t fear.  I’ve seen these fast growing veggies at roadside stands 5 for a dollar and just sitting by people’s mailboxes next to a sign that says free!

Cut it into small cubes of approximately the same size.  Toss it in with some browning meat.

onion

Next, chop up some onion.  It’s also free if you garden!  Don’t let anyone tell you not to start onions from seeds.  They may not be gigantic, but they are tasty and numerous.

Toss them in with your meat too.

Ta Da!  You have twice as much bulk at half the cost.  Zucchini takes on other flavors quite well.  It beefs up your plate and your wallet.

cheese

After your beef and veggies are cooked, sprinkle over whole grain tortilla chips.  Top with cheese and hot peppers!

Hot peppers are another fast and easy growing veg.  You can even grow them in a pot.  My jalapenos and banana peppers have exploded, so I piled them on!

Heat in a 350 degree oven until melty.

tomato

While your waiting for the melting, chop some tomatoes from the garden.  Break out the leafy greens too!

topping

Lickety split you have a reasonably price dinner that can feed an army.  Who says it doesn’t pay to garden?!

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What are some of your money saving tips?

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5 Comments to “Beef It Up”

  1. My secret is to stock up from Trader Joe’s since it’s an hour away. I could open up a nut butter shop in my apt with all my reserves! It’s either I pay $5 at TJ for almond butter or $12 in town for the same thing. #winning

  2. Your garden fresh produce looks amazing! What a fun and fulfilling hobby 🙂

    Have a great long weekend.

  3. Money saving tips! Love it! Leftovers, as I said before…HUGE money saver! Also, growing my own herbs this year has saved me a TON of money…and time…and they are SO yummy! Love it! Happy Friday!

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