If you’re looking to save money on your monthly grocery bill- there are two simple pieces of advice I can share that will help you save money on groceries each month: pack your own lunch and go meatless.
In the cold winters of the polar vortex or when a busy work schedule is getting the best of your better judgement, packing your own lunch is not only frugal- but it helps you make healthier choices rather than relying on the vending machine or fast food that’s close by. One of my favorite ways to warm up is to make a hearty soup, and if I’m feeling the need for extra protein, a veggie meatball is a great way to spice things up!
As you know, I LOVE mason jars- it makes my brown bagged lunch look extra cute, plus, when it comes to soups- I can batch all of my lunches at once using a tray of mason jars- making several lunches at once that won’t get soggy like a sandwich might. Soups=easy!
Vegetarian Minestrone Ingredients:
|1 package Morningstar Farms® Meal Starter® Veggie Meatballs|
|1/2 cup chopped onion|
|2 cloves garlic, minced (I used the jar kind)|
|2 teaspoons veggie or olive oil|
|2 cups vegetable broth|
|1 can (15 oz.) cannellini beans (AKA white kidney) rinsed and drained|
|1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes|
|3/4 cup dried large shell pasta|
|1 can (5 1/2 oz.) vegetable juice (like V8 or bloody mary mix sans booze)|
|1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning|
|1/4 teaspoon pepper|
|4 cups baby spinach leaves|
This recipe is super easy- even I like making it! Simply soften the onions and garlic in the pot you’ll be using for the Minestrone with some vegetable oil. Then, add your canned ingredients (broth, diced tomatoes, beans, noodles, etc.) and let it simmer. Heat up your meatballs in the microwave to make sure they’re hot to the center (unless you’re using a slow cooker, this recipe is meant to be made fast!) and then, add spinach.
*Spinach wilts really quickly, so I typically just put it in when I put it in the mason jar, then it will fully soften when reheated later.
So what about portion size? One regular sized mason jar= tummy satisfying bowl of minestrone.
I love using mason jars to brown bag my lunch. You can pop the lid off and microwave as-is (just be sure to cover your hands when removing..it’s hot!) or microwave directly in a microwave safe bowl. I’ve eaten many a meal in the mason jar itself!
Sometimes, “being frugal” makes lunch so unfun, mason jars and delicious, healthy, hearty soups really change things up and make it feel like something special when you open up your lunch…instead of the same ol’ bologna sandwich!
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