I always kinda knew that the day would come when I would reduce my meat consumption. This might come as a surprise to those who knew me when, as a practical joke, I hung up a shower curtain decorated with T-bones in a vegetarian friend’s apartment.
I can’t say I’m going vegetarian, because, really, I’m simply leaning in the direction of vegetarian. For the time being, I have decided to reduce my weekly meat intake. The catalyst for this decision was the realization that these guitar lessons that I love so much are very costly and I need to trim other parts of my life to compensate. This realization coupled with this article that had been festering in my brain for the past few months made me realize that through bulk purchases and careful planning I could greatly reduce my grocery costs while maintaining an enjoyable healthy diet.
I’m not cutting meat out completely as this isn’t a decision based on principles. At Thanksgiving I’ll enjoy the turkey, if a recipe calls for chicken broth I won’t avoid it, and if I have a huge hankering for meatloaf I’ll indulge, but I probably won’t keep meat as a standard item on my weekly grocery list.
So far this week I’ve eaten really well. Some of the meals have been: vegetable curry with rice, roasted squash and apple soup, tomato pie, and last night I made a black bean and sweet potato chili. It’s been delicious. If any of you have recommendations for affordable vegetarian meals, please feel free to leave a comment.