Saturday, December 8, 2012

Alternative Protein

So in my attempt at budgeting and saving money for my family...I need to figure out some frugal / yummy protein alternatives.  

The cost of good meat is just getting too expensive most of the time.  Every once in a while I can find boneless/skinless chicken breast on sale for a good price.  But once we run out of what I have in the freezer, I have to check the adds weekly waiting for it to go on sale again.

And good quality ground beef seems to never go on sale anymore.  So I've been forced to start to pay the higher prices and it makes our budget suffer.

So I'm in search of some alternatives to meat protein to add to our meals.  

I came across this list that lists practically every food that contains protein alphabetically.
And then this website has the foods separated by category.  And if you look around the website you can find  some extra info too.

There are some foods that have decent amounts of protein that I didn't expect!

Let me know if you have any tips or recipes that you guys use.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Homemade Taco Seasoning

So this is a recipe for homemade taco seasoning that I have been using instead of the packets for about 6 months now.  My husband thinks it tastes even better than the packets so it'll be a keeper.

Reasons for making it homemade:
easy
cheap
no weird products/chemicals
what other reasons would you need?...   ;)


I buy all my spices at Winco in the bulk section for unbelievable prices!



1/2 C + 2 Tbsp chili powder
2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 1/2 tsp onion powder
2 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
2 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp + 2 tsp paprika
1/4 C + 1 Tbsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp black pepper


This makes enough to fill a large spice bottle.  It might seem like a lot but when you're using 2 Tbsp at a time for a recipe it takes a chunk out.


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