Stretching Your Red Apron Dollars

Let’s face it, life can be awfully expensive sometimes. Here at the Red Apron, we’ve become self-proclaimed champions of stretching our food dollars. Whether we’re grocery shopping or taking home meals from the shop, we know a thing or two about making our ingredients and meals last and last which, in turn, helps reduce our food waste – win win!

Just because you’ve taken home a meal with two servings doesn’t mean you can’t stretch that into something even better that can feed the whole family. Today we’re sharing some of our favourite items that are wonderful on their own, but so much more fun when we take a bit of time and kitchen creativity to turn them into something all together different that feeds our family and protects our wallets.

Red Apron Item: Southwest Salad

One of our all-time best sellers, the Southwestern Salad is packed with black beans, sweet potato, corn and herbs.

What You Can Make
Nachos: Buy a bag of tortilla chips (we love the blue corn tortillas from Against the Grain at the shop), grate up some mild cheese like monteray jack or mozzarella, and use the southwest salad as a simple but nutritionally dense topping for the nachos.

Chunky Salsa: Stir the southwest salad into some chopped tomatoes, cilantro and red onion, and add some lime juice and salt to taste. Use on nachos or burritos or just scoop up with chips.

Burritos: Buy a package of large tortillas, grate some cheese (optional), and stir your southwest salad into whatever salsa you’ve got on hand and and pour over the tortilla. Wrap in foil and bake. Serve with sour cream and guacamole.

Omelet or Quiche: Pour your southwest salad into some whisked up eggs and pour into a pie dish and bake, or cook up in a non-stick pan and top with a little grated cheese.

Red Apron Item: Chicken Tenders

Our chicken tenders are hand breaded, gluten and dairy free and are beloved by toddlers and grown ups alike!

What You Can Make

Our favourite way to stretch a batch of chicken tenders is to make some veggie-packed, crispy chicken wraps. Grab your favourite large tortillas, some lettuce leaves, sliced cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, sliced cheese and anything else your heart desires. Put out some of your favourite condiments (we love mixing mayonnaise and sweet chili sauce for a zingy dressing) and let everyone build their perfect wrap.

Red Apron Item: Croque Monsieur Flatbread

Our gourmet flatbread is topped with Berkshire ham, St Albert Cheddar and a Grainy Dijon Bechamel.

What You Can Make
Boost the protein and fill our your flatbread meal with a fried or poached egg on top. Serve with a veggie-filled salad, like this Blueberry Sweet Potato Breakfast Salad, to stretch the meal even further.

Red Apron Item: Whole Chicken

Our Whole Herb Roasted Chicken will have you thinking twice about that grocery store bird. It’s tender and moist, and offers endless uses in the kitchen when you’re in a rush. Here we’re breaking it down into 4 meals, with bones for soup!

What You Can Make
Tacos: Shredding the meat from one chicken breast is typically enough to make 4-6 tacos for a family. We cook up a little rice with cilantro, lay out some hot corn tortillas, grated cheese and whatever veggies we have in the fridge (cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, sliced cabbage, pickled onions).

Coconut Curry: Shred the meat from the chicken legs and add to this Easy Coconut Curry.

Chicken Casserole:Open the pantry and pull out a few simple things to make a budget-friendly Chicken and Rice casserole.

Chicken Soup: If you’re not keeping your chicken bones for soup, you’re wasting a whole lot of money! Our favourite recipe for soup and a few other ways to stretch a chicken are here.

Red Apron Item: 4-Pack of Burritos

Our burritos are made in house with wholesome, high-vibe ingredients that will fill up even the pickiest eaters.

What You Can Make
Enchiladas: Layer the burritos in a casserole dish and top with salsa and grated cheese and bake until bubbly and hot. We love to serve this with a simple salad of crunchy greens and a tangy dressing to cut some of the richness.

Mexican Scrambled Eggs: If you’ve got leftover burritos, whisk up some eggs and add the burrito filling to the eggs. Cook in a non stick pan. We like to fry up the tortillas or bake until crisp and use them to scoop up the eggs.

Red Apron Item: Soup

We offer many varieties of in-house soups and chili, like Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup, Beef Chili, Creamy Mushroom and Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Coconut.

What You Can Make

Marinade: We love to use heartier soups, like the Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato, to marinate chicken or use as a base for a variety of casseroles or chicken and rice bakes.

Tuna Casserole: Add the creamy mushroom soup to some al dente egg noodles, add in some flaked tuna and pour into a casserole dish. Top with crushed potato chips and bake until browned on top.

Pasta Sauce: Adding the creamy butternut soup to a pasta with some fried sage and blue cheese is one of our family-favourites. You can use many of the soups as a quick and easy pasta sauce that offers big flavour for minimal work. We also love to use the butternut soup as a base and add in beans, greens and herbs to stretch it out a bit.

Nacho Topping: Our Beef Chili is a flavour bomb for topping nachos. Just add cheese and bake!