Ten years ago, our dinner always included some sort of “normal meat.” Pork, beef, poultry, fish or lamb were always considered key to the meal. Plus, I married an Irishman who only needs meat and potatoes to exclaim the meal was a winner. He’s a little wary when I tell him I’m serving a meatless meal. So I just don’t tell him!
I’ve always wanted to incorporate more meatless meals in our weekly plan. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good burger or shrimp. Bring on a hot dog, roasted chicken or lamb chops and I’m a happy girl! I was raised in a meat-eating family. But as my skills as a cook have developed, I’ve found that there are so many meatless recipes that I enjoy as much as a good pork chop.
So far so good, my hubby’s loved every meatless recipe I’ve ever made!
Like many folks, Covid-19 has me rethinking my habits around cooking, meal planning and even how often I shop. We’ve been using our Pantry for staples such as beans, lentils and pasta, plus grains such as quinoa and couscous. When the news broke that there would be a meat shortage, I immediately thought this is a good thing for us. It was no longer about how to add one meatless meal a week, but how to add more meatless meals regularly. Incorporating more vegetarian meals became our new normal. My family isn’t really aware I’ve made this shift, they just like the meals.
I’ll never be a full vegetarian, but I recognize the benefits of the vegetarian diet.