Clearly_Irrational wrote:frugaltype wrote:Clearly_Irrational wrote:We're well aware that a vegetarian lifestyle is cheaper, thanks to all who recommended that but we're not going to switch to a meatless diet.
You might try one dinner a month meatless. I think you will be surprised at how good this can taste.
Well, I'd rather eat more than just a large bowl of vegetables and I'm not interested in increasing my empty carb calorie count so I'm not seeing how that's going to end up very well but thanks for the suggestion. I freely acknowledge that if we consumed a lot more pasta and rice our bill would go down. Given that we both have metabolisms that love carbs our waistlines would also expand to match. If it was just me I'd probably eat more rice but she hates the stuff since they had a ton of it growing up. That said we eat some pretty hefty portions of vegetables now, which is part of the reason our bill is higher than average. (healthy vegetables are more expensive than wheat or corn based carbs)
There's far more than just a bowl of veg or a plate of pasta/rice to go meatless. Soups are a great way to have a meatless meal, and the broth is part of making you feel full instead of just filling up with carbs or meat. And of course, not all carbs are made equal. A complex carb like beans and legumes and a veg like squash will have less impact on your waistline than the simple carbs like rice and corn. So a great way to try having a meatless meal every now and again is a soup like minestrone (without pasta if you want to avoid that), mixed bean soup, lentil soup, split pea soup, and so on.