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Mar 9, 2011 10:12 AM

So, money is tight...

It is just the two of us, but I just seem to spend so much on Shabbos meals! Any suggestions?

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  1. Make your own challahs and desserts.

    1. I think you need to give us a little more information.

      What are you making and how much do you spend and what would you like to get it down to.

      Are you able to use your leftovers on Sunday or Monday?
      Are you cooking your own or buying pre-made items?

      The obvious suggestion is more vegetarian meals.

      Also -- what part of the US are you in...(takes into account meat prices).

      1 Reply
      1. re: vallevin

        I'm in New York, and like I said it's just the two of us and he likes to eat meat so veg is out. I do make my own dessert and I get Challah for like $2.50 so that's not an issue. I don't like doing take out and yes I will eat leftovers. I'm just tired of roasted chicken and if I try to make something else I wind up spending so much on ingredients.

      2. What's a typical menu like? Are you cooking too much and tossing it?

        We're two people also.. for Friday night I'll make matzah ball soup, rice, chicken or roast, string beans, and peas. There's always leftovers of the chicken or roast which we eat Sunday or Monday with different sides.

        For lunch on Shabbat, I don't make a huge heavy meal. A few salads to start- I rotate-chopped salad, tossed salad, asian coleslaw, red cabbage slaw, blanched string beans, bean salad, spinach/strawberry salad, fennel/arugula salad. Depends on which fruits and veggies are on sale that week. Then one main dish- noodles with meat sauce, roast with onion gravy, chicken marsala, leftover chicken from Fri night dinner. Sometimes I'll buy sliced turkey and I'll make hummus to go with it.

        I don't usually buy bakery cakes or large desserts- we're only two people and I don't want to spend a lot of money one something that we'll have one slice of. I'll make cookies or a berry or apple crisp or a small banana cake.

        Hope this helps

        1. I believe there's a chazal that says your parnasa is fixed for the year except for what you spend on Shabbos and Yom Tov meals. In other words, you back what you spend on Shabbos and Yom tov.

          I'd look for others areas to save

          2 Replies
          1. re: berel

            Berel, I'm not looking to save, trust me I save all week and want Shabbos to be special, but have you gone shopping lately?? A pepper is like $3!!

            1. re: pitagirl

              fruits and vegetables have been crazy lately- but there's always sales and specials. I bought fresh string beans last week for 59cents/lb and japanese eggplant for $1.49/lb. Red and green cabbage is relatively inexpensive as are carrots and celery.

          2. kasha varnishkas
            noodle or potato kugel
            veggie soups
            hummus or chick pea/bean salads
            Israeli cous cous or tabouleh
            Stuffed grape leaves
            Unfortunately, kosher meats are very expensive, so perhaps ground meat and whole chickens are the way to stretch your dollars.
            simple roasted chicken
            meatloaf or meatballs (meat, turkey or chicken)
            stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage
            open face burgers with demi glace sauce (i.e. a Japanese style chopped steak)
            Serve less meat, think vegetarian/Mediterranean and focus on the sides, soups, salads etc.