If you’re a vegetarian or you enjoy meatless cuisine from time to time, you’ve likely seen or even tried the faux meat options that are available at most grocery stores. Meatless sausages, veggie ground round, cold cuts and even faux turkeys are available, to name a few examples.
The thing about these faux meats is that when you break them down in terms of their nutritional value, they’re not conducive to frugal living. Take a look at the back of one of those packages and check out what’s being used to give the item that ‘almost meat’ taste. It’s a little scary.
There are so many healthier, more affordable meat alternatives out there that there’s really no need to buy these faux meats. Beans and lentils are filling and packed with protein. They’re also inexpensive. Use these wholesome foods to make your own burgers, lasagnas and spaghetti and save your money.
*Photo from Flickr, courtesy of CarbonNYC