I’m always looking for ways to stretch my family’s grocery budget. It seems that for us, that’s the easiest way for me to make an impact on our wallets. As a stay-at-home mom, I don’t have many opportunities to bring in actual dollars, but I can learn how to stretch our grocery budget at the same time that I’m making great, healthy meals.
Eggs are usually very reasonably priced and are one of the best Frugal Pantry Staples. I can buy a dozen eggs for anywhere from $.99 to $2.00. I definitely try to get closer to that $.99 mark, which makes them only $.08 each. When I see this price I stock up, too, because eggs can last in your fridge safely for 4-5 weeks after their pack date, according to incredibleegg.org.
This makes it so I can easily feed my family for under $5.00 after I’ve rounded out our meal with a few additional ingredients.
Eggs are pretty healthy for you, too …
Eggs are a nutrient dense food … What does that mean? In layman’s terms it means they have a lot of nutrients per calorie.
So, what kind of nutrients do they have? Eggs contain 6 grams of protein, all 9 essential amino acids, and some of 13 different essential vitamins and minerals. And for those of you trying to limit or reduce your meat consumption, it’s great to know you’re packing this kind of punch with one simple little ingredient.
All for only 70 calories each.
And, if you think eggs are only for breakfast, you’re way off. Eggs can be eaten at any time of day without even touching the standard breakfast fare. But, seriously … who has a problem with breakfast for dinner? My kids do cartwheels when they hear that they’re getting breakfast for dinner.
Honestly, I don’t even make this stuff in the morning – it’s usually cereal or toast around here. Who wants to mess up the kitchen right off the bat, anyways? Not Me!
This week I’m going to focus my dinner meal plan around eggs. I don’t think my kids or hubby will even notice that we’re eating eggs day after day. There are so many options out there! You probably already have some egg recipes in your repertoire, or you can try out some of mine if you’d like.
- Easy Chile Rellenos
- Hard Boiled Egg Casserole
- Italian Baked Eggs
- French Toast
- Dutch Pancakes
- Mexican Style Poached Eggs
- Rice with Poached Eggs
- Creamed Eggs on Toast
- Pizza Frittata
- Paleo Eggs in Hell
- Pasta Carbonara
These are just a few ideas to get you started. You can also check out my Egg Dishes board on Pinterest for some more ideas and recipes.
Shhhh, don’t tell anyone … because I love you so much, I’m going to throw in just one more recipe for DESSERT!
Do you have any great egg recipes to share? Let me know if you do, and also if you try out some of the recipes above, tell me what you think.
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