Monday, September 23, 2013

vegetarian meals

since the meat challenge, i've done some thinking about choosing and eating meat. it makes sense to me that animals fed a diet they naturally eat (ie grass fed beef instead of corn fed beef) are going to be better for us. however (and this is a BIG however) it is quite pricey. like $15-20+/lb! that is definitely out of our normal budget. so, we've stopped buying meat and (best part) have incorporated some new and delicious vegetarian recipes into our rotation. big thanks to my friend charity who is a vegetarian and has helped a ton!

if you think "what the heck do you eat without meat??" like i did, here are a few recipes that we love.

veggie pizza (link to dough recipe, then we top with sauce, cheese, and whatever veggies we got from the farmer's market)

we rotate those ^ with our staples of alfredo, quesadillas, breakfast for dinner, and soups. i bought calendar scrapbook paper from hobby lobby awhile back and meal plan for 2-3 weeks at a time. 

none of these really require more effort than meat containing meals we used to make, which is great because with an 18 month old, minimal time in the kitchen is necessary. and they are all AMAZING. i think our favorite is the black bean enchilada recipe. followed quickly by the mac and cheese. and a big bonus, leaving meat out has freed our budget up quite a bit! i spied some reasonably priced grass fed organic beef at sprout's last week and i think i'll buy some to add into our stir fry next month. i've heard once you try grass fed beef you never want to go back! 

3 comments:

  1. Mmm :) I'll need to try that pizza dough recipe! And that's how Neil and I started, we stopped buying meat and then you just get a lot of recipes and realize it's not hard to eat meatless. It's not for everyone but it's definitely not as hard as it seems. Keep sharing the yummy recipes :)

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  2. I'm totally going to use these! yumm!!

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  3. I'll have to try some of these! We don't do much meat either, because of the price. I don't know if you have a Kroger there, but our Kroger recently started carrying an organic line called Simple Truth and they have a great, pretty cheap ($3.99/lb) ground turkey that is from the good animals :) Also, we occasionally splurge and buy the grass fed ground beef from Costco. It is a three pound package for $18 I believe, and I break it into 6 half lb portions to freeze it.

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