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During this time, you might be looking for ways to stretch your meat (and your budget) while still eating well. A great way to do this is using other ingredients in place of meat in recipes! Beans, lentils and mushrooms are great alternative ingredients you can use in place of or in addition to ground meat. You can also use barley in stews, oatmeal in burgers and even shredded zucchini or carrots in pasta sauce! These substitutions will allow you to reduce the amount of meat you’re using without sacrificing taste and quality.

Here are some of the most common alternative ingredients you can try:

  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Grated vegetables (carrots, zucchini, squash)
  • Mushrooms

Looking for ideas to get started? Try out these recipes from our Meal Ideas site to make your meat go further:

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Lentils provide great texture and plant-based protein in this take on traditional shepherd’s pie!

Sloppy Joes with the Blend

This version of the sloppy joe combines chopped mushrooms with ground meat to make meals more delicious, nutritious and sustainable. See if you can taste the difference!

Mama’s Meatloaf Makeover

This twist on a classic dish is packed with a variety of veggies and has a delicious flavor! Hidden veggies? Yes, please!

Chicken & Black Bean Enchilada Skillet

This recipe uses black beans in addition to shredded chicken to put a nutritious twist on classic enchiladas!

Mediterranean Power Bowls

These colorful plant-based bowls are a great meatless option to incorporate into your meal plan! They are packed with flavor and nutrition, which will help you stay energized through your day.

So next time you’re planning your weekly meals, consider trying out these tips to make a delicious, nutritious and sustainable meal that your family will love!

Have a question about nutrition? Our Mealtime Mentors would love to help! Reach out at AskFestivalDietitians.com or find them on FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.

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