How to Save Money on Meat and Seafood

Try these lower-priced alternatives and makeover your kitchen budget easily.

By Meaghan Cameron from Reader's Digest
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Beef
Forget:
Sirloin steak at $8.99 pound
Rib eye at $16.99 pound
Filet mignon at $20+ pound.

Try:
Beef chuck stew meat at $2.29 pound (sometimes less)
Beef short ribs $4.99 pound

Beef chuck stew meat is easily turned into a meal that you can keep in the fridge and heat up all week long. Also try short ribs which cost slightly more but are excellent braised. Steak should be saved for special occasions if you want to save money.

Recipes to try:
Beef Bourguignon
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs With Horseradish Mashed Potatoes recipe.

Chicken
Forget:
Chicken breast at $5.49 pound.

Try:
Drumstick and thigh combo $1.59 pound.

Chicken thighs are dark meat and have slightly higher calories and fat, but that fat transforms into taste. A 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken breast is 138 calories and 3 grams of fat, while a 3-ounce serving of skinless chicken thigh is 177 calories and 9 grams of fat. Well worth the price difference!

Recipe to try:
Osso Bucco-Style Chicken Thighs

Fish
Forget:
Salmon at $8.99 pound for farmed and more for wild salmon
Tuna at $9.99 pound
Swordfish at $14.99 pound

Try:
Cod at $5.99 pound
Tilapia as low as $4.99 pound
Bluefish as low as $5.99 pound

Recipes to try:
Steamed Cod With Crisp Vegetables
Tea Poached Tilapia
Greek Marinated Bluefish

Pork
Forget:
Pork tenderloin at $5.99 pound.

Try:
Pork chops at $2.99 pound

The meat will be just as tender and low-fat.

Recipe to try:
Baked Pork Chops With Swiss Chard

Lamb
Forget:
Lamb chops at $15.99 pound.

Try:
Lamb shank $4.49 pound.

Lamb can be extremely pricey. A braised lamb shank is the perfect winter meal. Try the Lamb Shanks With White Beans and Roasted Endive.

Turkey
Forget:
Deli sliced turkey at $6.99-9.99 pound (average).

Try:
Roasting a whole breast $1.89 pound.

Steer clear of added filler and season the breast as you see fit. Slice the meat off and create the perfect turkey sandwiches. Here's a great recipe for roasting a whole turkey breast: Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Hazelnut Mole. You can even skip the sauce and just roast the turkey as described since everything is better with bacon.

Prices obtained from A&P.com and Shoprite.com. Local prices may vary.

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