Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Going meatless is good for your wallet and waistline

I don’t consider myself to be a vegetarian though I may eventually become one. I admit, do love a good piece of baked chicken, fish filet, turkey, or lamb chop. I'm not ready to give up meat completely right now. I can count on one hand and have fingers left over how many times over the last five years that I have eaten beef or pork. It probably has a lot to do with the way I was raised, but I actually prefer certain dishes with out meat added. My mother rarely cooked beef or pork unless it was for a family occasion and others wanted to eat it.

I have stopped buying meat on a regular basis more so for economic reasons than for health reasons, although I am aware of the health benefits of cutting out or lessening your meat intake. Food (meat in particular) is simply too expensive. I can buy a bag of beans for a few dollars that will last me up to two weeks where as a few chicken cutlets will only last a day or two. Check out this New York Times article on ways to ease into a meatless diet, Putting Meat Back in Its Place.

Foods rich in protein other than meat include: soybeans, quinoa (a grain), spinach beans, grains, nuts and seeds.

Would you be willing to cut meat out of your diet for economic or other reasons?


Penny said...

Rice and beans create complete proteins (much like an egg), but for it to be a complete protein they have to be eaten together because each one is missing a piece of the puzzle! Isn't that interesting?

(just thought I would the post, and I don't think I could live without meat of some kind maybe once or twice a week.)

Katie Gregg said...

We've reduced our meat consumption in an effort to save money and also be more responsible stewards of the earth's limited food resources. I would be willing to go totally vegetarian, but my hubby does like some meat. :)

I try to stretch what we do use as far as possible. For example, a pasta dish that has lots of fresh veggies, but only one chicken breast cut into small bits.