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NSV#5: Eating Less Meat

Monday, July 30, 2012

Like many of us raised in the '50s and '60s, the star of my childhood dinner plate was a hunk of beef, pork, or chicken. My parents would buy a WHOLE COW, and put the packaged meat into a gigantic chest freezer in our basement. With some supplementation it would feed our family of seven for a year. It was nearly a crisis of epic proportions when my Catholic family had to subsist on tuna fish, deviled eggs, or pancakes on Friday nights during Lent!

That said, eating less meat has always been a goal of mine. I know it is better for me, better for the animals, and better for the planet. If you need documentation of those claims, read the attached blog article, "Ten Reasons Why You Should Eat Less Meat". It's sobering.


In my mind I would like to be vegan. In reality I think I could manage vegetarianism, although my farm-raised husband wouldn't go along for THAT ride.

But when I stopped to analyze our weekly diet of the past few weeks I was pleasantly surprised to see how much progress I've made toward this goal without complaints from you-know-who. We've eaten meatless meals three out of seven dinners. On another night he had a 96% lean hamburger and I had a veggie burger. Tomorrow is spaghetti with boca meatballs. Last night he had a small piece of steak on his chef salad and I just had feta.

So I am making progress! HMMM, I may just have to turn this into a formal personal challenge!
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  • NANCY-
    WTG! Isn't it great when we stop and assess where we are and note the progress,
    Years ago when I visited relatives on the family farm in Europe. I had the best tasting chicken. I was amazed at the difference between the bland corporate produced chicken. I was fortunate enough to get chicken like my Uncle's again here in the States. Tasty and chemical free. At the local farmers market they also have grass fed beef and bison also. While it is more expensive, since we consume less meat, we can splurge and Savor the Flavor.
    2856 days ago
    Great work!
    2856 days ago
    Luckily my husband was the 'original' vegetarian of the pair of us. Much easier for me to change, I think! Still can't get him interested in whole wheat pasta or brown rice, though!! (although they DO seem to work in salads okay) Hey, but vegetables from the farmers mkt? He can't have enough. That's good for me!
    2856 days ago
    So awesome. 3/7 meatless meals is phenomenal.
    Great accomplishment!
    2856 days ago
    Isn't it cool when your progress sneaks up on you? You're doing great!
    2856 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Great Job!!!!
    2856 days ago
    That is AWESOME! I have found that if I bring things like this up to my DH, he has an opinion to share. If I just slide it in, he never notices. Sometimes winning isn't in the way we argue our point ... it just in the way we get the result we wanted in the first place! I'm guessing there are some really awesome recipes out that would perfectly fit into where you are headed! I never thought my hubby would go for grilled stuff portobello mushrooms ... he loves 'em! Who knew??? Great job!
    2856 days ago
    Ick.....................hormones, antibiotics, chemical additives, preservatives!
    2857 days ago
    I know how you feel about "you know who" pitching a fit about not having meat. My BF is the same way. Meat Meat Meat is all he thinks about. I cannot think of a recent meal that didn't include meat of some kind!

    Sounds like you are well on your way to being able to enjoy more meatless days than before! Congrats!
    2857 days ago
    Good for you! I cut way back on the amount of red meat that I eat, and I don't really notice its absence. I still eat a fair amount of chicken, but tend to get boneless, skinless chicken breasts. It's a little more expensive, but if I freeze it in single portion packages it seems to go further.
    2857 days ago
    Good luck on your change! Sounds like you are on a good start toward it. My hubbie and I have cut back on the amount of meat we eat, quite a bit compared to what we use to eat. But we both do love to eat meat. We really ate to much meat. Especially red meat. Which is our favor. We have to be smarter than that now. Healthier eating is our life change with less meat for us. It is good you are fixing the meals to keep your hubbie satisfied. I know that couldn't be easy. But it sounds like it is working for both of you. emoticon
    2857 days ago
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