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Stretch Your Meals in Meal Planning

04 February 2013

Easy Italian Meatball Sauce and Pasta

I made awesome turkey and pork meatballs. After it was all said and done I was about to clean out the crockpot when it dawned on me! I could make at least another two meals out of the sauce instead of flushing it down or tossing it out! I threw together a boiling pot of salty water and the box of whole grain Barilla penne that I purchased for $0.50 and we were off to the races. I added another can of tomato sauce, but that's "ok" for only $1.29 a piece. All together, we had two lunches and another half gallon ziploc bag of pasta yet to demolish. SUCCESS could not be any sweeter! 

I find that meal planning is about being creative. Stretching meals is no easy task and I'm not even cooking for a large audience. Just Mr. Collier and myself. But I encourage you to think outside of the box, even if you aren't intentionally meal planning. If anything, it might save you a couple bucks by sending you to work with a home cooked meal instead of buying the "to-go" option.  

8 comments:

  1. Great post! Meal planning is a huge help for me! I plan out my coupons, figure out what sales to take advantage of...It's great!

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    1. Excellent point, Shaina. Do you typically go to multiple stores or just hit a single sale? Any favorite couponing memories?

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  2. sounds perfect to me! I love it when an idea pops in my mind last minute.

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    1. It was mighty delicious!! Who knew the power of one little bay leaf?

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  3. My hubby and I LIVE for leftovers. It saves so much time and money!

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    1. I totally agree! My dad asked me the other day how our meal planning was going and described that my mom would NEVER consider eating leftovers! I couldn't believe it! We survive on leftovers! Do you have any good recipes that you would share?

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  4. Great idea! I really need to start meal planning. Like you, I only need to cook for two... but still I'm thinking it would save so much time and effort to just plan ahead! :)

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    1. Although we cook for two, we aim for a minimum of four meals out of each cooking session. It saves money and we lack that awkward moment when we look at each other after work and say,"So....what's for dinner?" Give a try! I would highly recommend looking at Faithful Provisions (http://faithfulprovisions.com/meal-planning) when you are first starting out!

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