Whenever I google "healthy frugal recipes," I get recipes and blogs where the meat is the center of a recipe. But when prices for food have risen lately (ground beef is no longer a super-cheap option), that won't work for me. Plus, I eat quite a bit! I can't afford to eat a whole chicken breast for each meal, so most of the recipes I find won't work for me.
The meal plan I posted a few days ago is unusually meat-heavy for me-- there are only three meat-free options on there (actually, that's not too bad; although two a week would be better, I know from experience that those will be saved for last or possibly never get eaten). I don't usually eat meat-centric meals like tikka masala, hamburgers, and maid-rites; I will limit the sandwiches to one per meal and eat potatoes/fries and vegetables for filler.. If I'm using ground turkey or ground beef, I'll usually use a quarter of a pound for one day's worth of food(2-3 meals, depending how far it goes and how hungry I am), and the chili on the menu will use a quarter pound and makes a large pot: I use a can of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, water, an onion, pepper, and spices.
My ideal meal is some meat (a chicken tender or two), a whole grain, and lots of vegetables. I like to cook my meat and veg together whenever possible, so I like stir-fries, etc. I'm not a fan of soups unless they're heavy, like stews, but even those only keep me full two hours or so.
So, do you have any good meals to share that have the meat as more of a side than the main? I'll try to share a few of my favorites in the coming weeks.