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?