Replacing some of the meat or processed veggie alternatives in your meals with beans, pulses or vegetables can make it more affordable! Meat can be pricey, while beans, pulses and vegetables tend to be cheaper, so slowly replacing some of the meat for these can actually bring down the cost of your favourite meals. A tin of kidney beans can be ⅕ of the cost of the equivalent weight of beef mince, so makes a much cheaper chilli while still providing protein, fibre and slow-release energy.
Fills hungry tummies:
Beans, pulses and vegetables are full of fibre, and they can even be high in protein. So even if you’ve reduced the meat content and replaced with beans, you are still making a filling, energy-giving meal for the family.
Slowly working your way towards half-and-half beans/pulses/veg-and-meat not only lowers the cost, but it brings the added benefit of being better for you! Being fibre-rich means better digestion and less constipation as well as filling you up. On top of which, they even count towards your 5-a-day target (just remember that no matter how many beans/pulses you eat, they only count as 1 of your 5-a-day.
Better for the planet:
We all know that trying to eat a little less meat is a great aim for the planet, and replacing some meat in your meals with beans or pulses (or vegetables) is a win-win-win in this sense, as it means you are not only saving yourself money and making healthier meals, but you are also helping the planet by eating a little less meat, too!