17 Frugal Ways to Make Meals More Filling

Are you struggling to keep up with the rising cost of groceries and to keep your family full at the same time? Today I’m sharing some ideas on how to make meals more filling.

1. Fill up on fiber with the meal.

Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer. Add home canned beans or other legumes as a side dish with your meal. Beans are cheap and filling and they go along great with many meals.

2. Use sneaky tricks to reduce the meat.

When a recipe calls for meat, you can cut a small portion of that meat without your family noticing. One great way to do this is to package your meat in 3/4 pound packages rather than a full pound.

3. Add grains

Adding grains to your meals is a great way to make them more filling. While serving a lot of pasta and such is not always the best way to make healthy meals, it can be one of the best ways to make filling meals.

4. Serve it with a salad.

If you have a garden to grow your produce or a fairly affordable source of fresh salad greens, you can always serve a salad with your meal. Try serving a salad as the first course for dinner each night and see if it makes a difference in how much of the main course is consumed.

5. Bulk up meals with vegetables.

Adding vegetables to your meals is a great way to make them more filling. While you can use vegetables as the main side dish, which is always a great idea, mixing them into your recipes is the best option.

6. Bulk it up with protein powder.

When cooking grains for your family like pancakes, muffins, and cakes, you can make them more filling and healthier by adding protein powder.

7. Serve whole fruit for dessert.

If your family is used to dessert, you can help make meals more filling and save money by opting for fresh whole fruit instead of typical desserts like cakes and pies.

8. Serve water with meals.

Serving water with your meals is a great way to make them more filling. Many people will feel hungry when they really need more water. Many people serve things like juice or soda with meals. The sugar can actually make you feel more hungry, while water will have a filling effect. This simple change can help make your family’s meals more filling and can help improve digestion.

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