I’m so thrilled with the Fundamentals eCourse forum. We’ve got some great lesson discussions going; that’s a given. We also share interesting and inspiring on-the-side conversations. We’re sharing what’s cooking in our kitchens on any given day and getting ideas from each other. Recently, Tara brought up what natural things she’s doing outside of the kitchen, like hair care, skin care, and cleaning. I’ve learned so much! (Because of what she shared, almost my whole family is giving this oil cleansing method a run for its money.)
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If you’re not in the eCourse yet, why not? My husband and I are really excited about having re-opened our eCourse in traditional cooking. This time around, there’s no set enrollment period; you enroll when it works for you. If you’re only interested in a couple lessons, that’s fine. You can see all of them from the get-go. And finally, we want you to be the judge of what you’ll pay for the experience. We ask that you donate based on what the experience is worth to you.
My post today started out as a question from Jessica on the eCourse forum.
“I am trying to stretch all my grass-fed meats because they cost quite a bit more. I have been trying to do a few meatless meals a week to save a bit. I know I can use good chicken or beef broth easily in recipes to get some of the benefits of the meat without the actual meat, but does anyone have ideas for meatless (skillet) dishes? For some reason it seems harder to think of things that go together without the meat.”
This is a great question. We can all do with budget stretching, nutritious and delicious meals. I have a few ideas to share, and then it is your turn to share your ideas to help Jessica out.
- Sloppy Joe’s or Sloppy Joe’s in a bowl. These dishes can be made entirely with lentils or with half lentils and half ground beef. They are so amazingly tasty and satisfying. Don’t let the lentils scare you. Avowed lentil haters love these dishes.
- Mujedderah (Arabic lentils and rice). Again with lentils (I find them really meaty tasting), I’ve enjoyed this dish all my life. Last night I made it by cooking the lentils and rice in broth. I carmelized the onions in tallow, and added a bit of cinnamon to the whole dish. It is really yummy, and the changes I made yesterday made it really flavorful. I updated the original post with those options — so if you print the recipe, the changes will be there.
- Cold Grain Salads. Use eggs in place of meat, use cheese, or use meat sparingly, or make this as a grain and bean based dish.
- Fasooli (Arabic White Beans and Rice). Another favorite dish from growing up. My mom always made this with lamb, but used sparingly. Even though the meat we ate growing up was very good, there was never enough of it. This recipe is not written with meat, but you always have the option of allowing chunks of lamb to simmer with the beans.
- Eggs. With homegrown eggs or even local eggs, eggs are an inexpensive protein source for a meal. Fried, scrambled, egg drop soup (another eCourse forum idea from Tara!), egg salad, hard-boiled, poached in marinara sauce, quiche…
- Sprouted Lentils. As Erin showed us not too long ago, sprouted lentils make delicious, varied and nutritious meals! Her guest post shows off 3 dishes from sprouted lentils.
Now it is your turn! In the comments, please share your budget-stretching, meatless meal ideas so we all can benefit from your ideas, tips and wisdom. Feel free to add a link to a post on your blog or website.