Accidental Vegetarian

I’m not a vegetarian.  Really, I’m not.  We just…don’t eat meat all that often.

1)  It’s expensive!

2)  I’m really, really rotten at cooking big pieces of meat.  Honestly.

3)  For me, it’s complicated.  Purchase the meat- what kind?   What cut?  Package and freeze it (don’t want our roast frozen to a bloody diaper now, do we?)  Thaw the meat, season the meat, cook the meat, check for the right temperature, let it rest, try and find someone who knows how to cut it up… it’s just complicated.

4)  I can’t feel good about buying cheap meat- how was that animal treated to merit such an amazing price sticker?  Maybe if I visit a CAFO and see happy cows, I’ll change my mind.

5)  I just can’t feel good about buying meat from animals who have been grotesquely modified.  Have you seen the size of the Costco frozen chicken breasts?  Yeeminy Christmas, those poor birds probably couldn’t even stand up by the time they reached slaughter weight.  (You know about turkeys, right?  The big ones we buy for Thanksgiving?  Those poor birds have been bred so fat they can’t walk.  They have to be artificially inseminated. Poor things.)

This decision alone saves our family hundreds in grocery bills.  We currently spend $180-$300 a month to feed 2 adults and two small children.  Among my friends with similar demographics, they spend $400-$800 a month on groceries.

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5 Responses

  1. Wow–I never knew about the turkeys and such. Please post links and information for ignorant shoppers like me who want to be more humane in their shopping decisions! Thanks

  2. We hardly ever ate meat either – until we started buying from local farmers. Now we eat a lot more meat because it’s the cheapest organic local source of protein I can find! Plus we eat lots of eggs from our chickens. Good luck finding local farmers – I started at the farmers market and then talked to fruit farmers to ask if they had neighboring meat farmers that didn’t bother selling at the market. Also if you phone a butcher just outside of town (in town ones are really spendy) they will know all the local ranchers too. Good luck!

  3. this is our meat philosophy too! And my grocery bill for the same number/age of people is usually around $300/month.

  4. Margo, just curious how you get that much inexpensive protein? It’s bizarre but grass fed local meat is way cheaper than local cheese or legumes. I’ve been trying to find more legumes & cheaper cheese for over a year now. I’d love to hear how you are doing that because I feel like we are eating way too much meat, although it’s making my dh and oldest happy I’d prefer to eat less and my littlest guy won’t eat it at all.

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