In my post How Our Family of 5 Eats Healthy for $100 a Week I touched a little on how we cut back on our meat consumption not only to benefit the environment and our health but to also cut back on our grocery bill. Well, I wanted to really break it down and show just how big of an impact less meat can make. Not only are these frugal, healthy and hearty meals; they also leave you with plenty of leftovers and are fairly easy to prep. Yes, they will take some prep time and a few hours in the kitchen but it will also give you back all of your time during the week and make getting dinner on the table a quick, easy and less-stress-mess. For even less-stress in the kitchen and at the grocery store check out the $5 Meal Plan Here is your guide to 5 frugal family meals to make with only one turkey!
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Take it easy on yourself with this first round. After you have a cooked turkey, have yourself some mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies to go along with it. The prepping part comes as you work your way into the leftovers. Make sure you save the gravy because it will come in handy later!
After you have cut your turkey and chowed down with the fam, be sure to set the bones and skin aside to create some homemade bone broth. All this takes is a large crock pot (4-6 quarts.) Just place your turkey remnants in the crock pot, fill with water and you’re on your way. You can add onion, garlic, salt, pepper or any other flavorings of your choice. You can see my Asian bone broth recipe here: Asian Chicken Bone Broth Recipe. Allow the crock pot to sit on low for 6-8 hours.
While you are waiting on your bone broth (which will take several hours) you can start prepping some of the necessities for your other meals. Start by cooking 2 cups of rice. You will use one cup for this recipe and the rest in the next.
These turkey burgers are great when it comes to serious meal prepping because they make a ton and they are very universal; you can eat them plain, as a burger or my favorite, on top of a salad.
Once your bone broth and rice are ready, you can start getting your wild rice soup ready. Simply strain the bones from your bone broth and then you can continue to make this soup in the same crock pot you had been using (less dishes is always best.)
For this recipe I chose to use sweet potatoes, you can of course make it easy on yourself and use any leftover mashed potatoes that you have from meal #1! Maybe toss in some corn along with it? This is definitely something you can play with to fit your needs. Personally, I have been trying to find fun ways to work with sweet potatoes because our family loves them so much, we usually buy them in bulk. For this recipe I also used the awesome gluten free pie crust recipe I discovered this past Thanksgiving. You can see the link along with the recipe.
A final recipe you can use your turkey for is definitely the most popular way in our house: taco Tuesday style! Check out my Crock Pot Chicken Carnita Nachos and my Spicy Chicken and Pineapple Tacos. For these recipes, just swap out the chicken for your turkey and you have got yourself a seriously delicious Taco Tuesday going on.
I am a big believer in meal prepping. See my method here: Whole Food Meal Prep. Meal prepping can give you so much time back into your life and with a good strategy in place you’ll find you can start saving some serious cash as well. If meal prepping is not something you’re very good at, consider a service like $5 Meal prep that take all the guess work out of planning your grocery list!
Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.