My family has had to cut back a lot since I started staying home with my children. One of the first areas we looked to cut was our food budget. We went from buying a lot of convenience foods to making our meals from scratch. Not only did we save money, but the meals were better tasting and we were actually eating healthier. One way I have saved on our food budget is by serving a meatless meal once a week. For most meals, the biggest expense comes from the meat, but you can still have a delicious, tasteful, and healthy meal by going meatless. One thing I like to substitute for meat is lentils. I buy lentils for about $0.89 a bag, so you can see the budget benefits. If you have had them and you didn’t like them then you need to give them another chance. I think the right recipe makes all the difference.
I’m always looking for new ways to use the staples in my pantry, particularly lentils. They are a great source of vegetarian protein and taste good, but one does get tired of lentil soup after a while. This take on taco filling is quick to make and tastes pretty good on it’s own merits, but is even better when seasoned with some bottled (or leftover packets of) taco sauce for a little extra zing.