To eat meat every day?

(136 Posts)
Nottalotta Thu 01-May-14 13:58:47

And ask you for easy alternatives?

Theres just me and DH. I would happily go without meat most days but he prefers meat. Not that he would dare complain....

We do have fish once a week, and omlette once a week but that sometimes has ham or bacon in it.

I do all the cooking and am late home weekdays so tend to go for grilled meat with new potatos and veg as its quick and easy. Or chilli/bolognaise

Any suggestions?

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 01-May-14 14:03:09

I am veggie, but dh is a dedicated meat lover.

I think that we should all cut down on meat consumption.yanbu as you are considering cutting down your meat.

Everyone(ish) likes jackets and beans.
There's a simple healthy meal!

I don't think it's unreasonable to eat meat every day if it works for you and your family. A lot of the time I have grilled chicken and veg.

I tend to make a lot of veggie stir fries. I also like egg noodles with beansprouts in a nice tomato and chilli sauce

jacket potato with salad, salsa and boiled egg yum

I also make a lot of soups too, pea and ham is a quick cheap and easy one, or veg soup if you want no meat...

Andrewofgg Thu 01-May-14 14:05:17

Meat-eaters all die. So do vegetarians. Enjoy your food and your life.

Nottalotta Thu 01-May-14 14:06:08

Thanks, they are good suggestions for me but DH considers a jacket and beans as lunch. Or accompaniment to meat! He is very slim but has a big appetite.

EverythingIsAwesome Thu 01-May-14 14:10:09

No ideas here as I love meat and eat it every day, usually in every meal.

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 01-May-14 14:11:36

Buy pizza bases and do your own toppings.

Veggie curry.

All day breakfast with veggie sausages.

All good for a bigger appetite.

I honestly see no problem with you eating meat everyday. What brought your doubt on OP?

Some good veggie ideas here spoonful.com/recipes/vegetarian-no-meat-meals-gallery

ThatBloodyWoman Thu 01-May-14 14:14:25

Or could you have a jacket and beans and do meat for him as an addition?

CoteDAzur Thu 01-May-14 14:15:50

YANBU, of course.

fluffyraggies Thu 01-May-14 14:17:04

I was thinking jacket potato and beans ...

then remembered DH always asks for a pile of crispy bacon with his grin

We eat meat every day pretty much too.

Davsmum Thu 01-May-14 14:20:53

Get a vegetarian cookbook - or google recipes. There are loads of lovely tasty meals without resorting to plain old Jacket spuds and beans.

I eat meat - but try to limit it to only once or twice a week.

rootypig Thu 01-May-14 14:21:49

I think everyone should cut down their meat consumption for the sake of the planet, it simply isn't sustainable to eat meat every day, especially the lean meat we all buy repeatedly. So DHIBU. But I understand that it takes a while to change your palate and adjust to the feeling of being full without meat, which is different. Make high fat veggie meals in the interim, yoghurt, cream or cheese will go some way to replacing that feeling - you say your DH is slim so fat shouldn't be a problem. You can also get really tasty veggie sausages now - a favourite quick meal here is a veggie hash with onions, potatoes, cabbage and veggie sausage fried together (much nicer than it sounds on paper!). Or a veggie curry with cubes of paneer, a firm, high protein cheese.

I had a moussaka made with lentils the other day that was delicious, incredibly 'meaty' and filling thanks to the lentils. But it wouldn't be very quick (about half an hour to prepare, another 40 mins to cook). Perhaps one for the weekend!

1. cook firm green lentils in stock according to instructions (don't let them go to mush)
2. fry garlic / onion/ carrot / celery / veg of your choice (courgette, peppers, whatever) in a little oil, add drained lentils (discard stock) and tin of chopped tomatoes, simmer
3. slice aubergine into thick discs and soak in cold water for 20 mins. Pat dry and shallow fry til somewhat soft (only a couple of minutes)
4. layer aubergine and lentils lasagne style
5. cover with a mix of natural / greek yoghurt and a couple of beaten eggs
6. top with grated cheese and bake til bubbling
7. serve warm (ie let stand for 20 mins if possible) in very large portions with salad!

Tofu is an incredibly quick meat substitute - I fry in sesame oil til crispish and add to stirfries with noodles and veg. But dyed in the wool meat eaters tend to baulk at it.

Eggs are also good - years ago on my travels in Thailand I discovered how delicious a fried egg is on top of spicy vegetarian fried rice - it's still a favourite!

I am not vegetarian smile

Nottalotta Thu 01-May-14 14:25:33

Gosh I was half expecting a flaming!!

Foxsticks Thu 01-May-14 14:28:35

We've cut back on meat a lot, mainly because it's so expensive. If you want to try a veg cookbook we have River Cottage Veg every day, I'd really recommend it.

Lanabelle Thu 01-May-14 14:28:42

I don't think its unreasonable to eat meat everyday. most of ours are classic meat and two veg and I work on a farm so I know where it comes from (rather fussy like that) however I do find my slow cooker a godsend for cooking when I have to work. just bung it in before I leave and it cooks all day by itself and nearly done when I get in

rootypig Thu 01-May-14 14:31:13

Even one meat free day a week is better for you and the planet - why not start there and build up?

Veggie chilli is slow to make but freezes well and really filling. Buy black beans and aduki beans (dried in bags like lentils), soak overnight in cold water and cook til soft (you can freeze at this stage - if you do that, and take out to defrost in the morning, it will be as quick as a meat chilli). Make your chilli as you usually do, but throw them in instead of meat. Plenty of spice. Serve with rice, grated cheese, sour cream. The leftovers are delicious in a veggie breakfast burrito (warm flour tortilla, salsa, avocado, scrambled egg, hot sauce)

MrsD0nnaLyman Thu 01-May-14 14:33:45

We are big meat eaters too, but try to include a couple of veggie meals a week.

Tonight we are having a warm salad of roast butternut squash, field mushroom, shallots, Gorgonzola and pine nuts. If you want to make this a bit more substantial you can make a tart with a sheet of ready made puff pastry.

The other night I did www.southyorkshirefood.com/recipes/low-cal/griddled-courgettes-with-feta-lemon-mint-puy-lentils/ then made a salad with remaining ingredients plus pancetta and spring onion for lunches the next day.

Really like a good veggie chilli filled with root veg and chickpeas

Mushroom risotto is scrummy and filling. Jamie Oliver 30min recipe is best I've used, packed with flavour

Roast red pepper and halloumi burgers or skewers

For a fish alternative I always have a pack of frozen prawns, which you can chuck in stir fry, pasta etc.

We have a treat night of fresh fish grilled or pan fried once a week as it's pricy! My favourite is split between seared tuna steak or sea bass studded with garlic and rosemary

Hope that's helpful and you like some ideas!

kentishgirl Thu 01-May-14 14:38:11

I'd like a meat free day or two as well, but OH thinks they aren't proper meals. We have fish a couple of times a week though (which he likes).

one night a week I make sure we only have 'minimal' meat just for show and a touch of flavouring, so a little bit of bacon and tons of veg in a pasta sauce, for example. Or I'll make chicken, cauliflower and veg curry and it's mostly cauliflower and veg with a couple of bits of chicken each. It's my way of weaning him off the idea that meat has to be the main part and sneaking my way towards fully veggie. But even if we keep the meat in, it's reduced the amount a lot. These nights are when I'll use up a little bit of meat leftovers - I don't buy extra, I just serve a little bit less one night and use the other bit for this meal. It's reduced the amount of meat purchased by one meal a week. So the same effect overall as having a veggie night.

MaidOfStars Thu 01-May-14 14:40:51

I think YABU to eat meat every day. A large part of my vegetarianism is down to concerns about how the livestock industry is ruining the planet.

Switching to chicken is apparently better for the planet. I'm not sure I can advocate eating fish, an industry I hate with a passion.

Puy lentils can sub in for mince in anything I've tried. Paneer is a good texture in curries, tofu is good texture in stirfries.

Davsmum Thu 01-May-14 14:41:59

If you always eat meat meals - it takes time to get used to veggie meals. People probably give up - but if you stick at it - you will probably find after a few weeks you start to prefer meals without meat.
That is what happened to me.
I also lost weight without trying.

everlong Thu 01-May-14 14:44:18

That's a lot.

I would aim for every other day.

Nottalotta Thu 01-May-14 14:48:27

Ah so some views more along the lines that I expected.

Yes the environmental issues are the reason I thought we should cut down, and health. I buy as much free range as i can but am also on a budget.

I think the main issue is replacing the grilled chicken/pork steak etc with something. Its a different sort of meal. A good start would be the chilli/curry/bolognaise i guess.

BlackeyedSusan Thu 01-May-14 14:49:32

we have cut back on meat. one of the things I have done is cut down on tha amount of meat in each meal, (which is why I can make 60 million meals from one chicken) so make a chicken soup with butter beans for extra protein. bolognaise/chilli etc with meat for flavouring and tinned beans or a mix of lentils added.

some meals are completely veggie and the occasional vegan meal.

batch cooking helps.

sarinka Thu 01-May-14 14:50:57

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