I really believe in eating less meat, diary and poultry. It is better for the environment and your body. But do I believe you have to turn into a complete vegan or vegetarian?….only if you want to. Here is an example that shows it is also good for your pocket book.
My husband and I went out to eat, he bought the 3 meat platter, 1/2 chicken, pulled pork and beef ends. I got the side salad on happy hour and it was huge! So remember his meal is for one, maybe 2 people, he got corn and a potato as sides and it comes with free biscuits.
I had my salad, 1/2 of his potato, 1 beef tip and a little pulled port, plus 1/4 chicken (leg & thigh), I don’t like white meat, he doesn’t like dark meat (a match made in heaven :), he ate more of the beef tip and pulled port, plus 1/4 chicken (breast & wing), potato and we had left overs.
We went out the next night and I had fish and he had shrimp, but I had zucchini and potato left over.
Now the left overs from the first restaurant included a good amount of meat, 1 biscuit, 2 pieces of corn. Plus I had zucchini and potato from 2nd restaurant. So I could have made this 1 more meal. Instead I did the following:
I had cooked up some beans, kinda like ham and beans, and I used some of that meat instead of ham to give it some flavor. About 3 servings.
I cooked up some more beans and cut the corn off the cobb and added it plus some tomato sauce and some of the meat to add some more flavor. About 6 servings.
Heated up the potato and added the meat on top, ate with a salad.
Cut up the zucchini mixed with corn off the cobb, heated it up and ate it with the biscuits and rest of the meat.
So if you count eating the meat at the restaurant (2 servings) plus the soup (9 servings) plus with potato and biscuit (2 servings) we got 13 servings of meat, from something that was considered 1 or 2 servings at the most.
So that meal cost $23/2 = $11.50 instead $23/13 = $1.76 – so even with the beans, which I bought dried and soaked and cooked, that maybe make is $2.00 a serving. (my salad was $4.95 and we had a gift card from xmas so it was really free 🙂
But you can see what a savings you get when you don’t make meat the “main course” but make the “whole” meal the main course. Better for you wallet, body, and earth, that is a Slam Dunk if there ever was one.
So I don’t think you really need to go meat free, just reduce the amount you eat. Your body, wallet will thank you for it.