>> March 30, 2010
- Try replacing one meat-based meal with a meatless one, just once a week. I have heard a lot of people jumping on the “Meatless Monday” bandwagon. Just one meal a week makes a big difference!
- Buy meat from local farms. Most often this meat is from cows that are allowed to eat what they want (grasses) and roam around in a happy pasture. It’s often less tainted with E. Coli, has fewer antibiotics (if any), and you support your local economy when you buy from the farmer down the road. Where can you find these farms? The good ol’ internet is a great place to start. (http://www.eatwild.com) Or lots of times, the meat comes to you via co-ops or your local farmer’s market. I love chatting with our gentle beef farmer at our local farmer’s market. He’s so passionate about his grass-fed beef, he’ll give it away for you to try!
- Opt out of meat during normal family-approved fare. Ever tried taco night without the meat? Its fun! Black beans, pinto beans, refried beans… you won’t be missing out on flavor! Or pasta? One of my kid’s favorite pasta sauces is Peanut Sauce. It’s packed with protein! Another family favorite is called Penné with Pumpkin Sauce. I know what you’re thinking… pumpkin?! Aren’t those just for carving? (You know, from that holiday no good pastor’s family should celebrate?!) Au contraire!
- If you have some true foodie daredevils in your house, you could even try homemade lentil walnut burgers, vegetable curry, gado gado, falafel, jop chai or eggplant parmesan.
- If you’re concerned about price, try eggs for a non-meat option. There are some really yummy quiche recipes out there!
- Kick the lunchmeat habit! Lunchmeat is one of my biggest vices (its not really meat anyway, so it doesn’t count, right?). It’s also one of the most un-healthy things we can eat. It’s super processed and typically full of salt and other nasty additives. In lieu of the dreaded lunchmeat sandwich, try: hummus & pitas, grilled cheese with garden fresh tomatoes, and even good old PB&J!
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