Thursday, October 1, 2009

Week Day Vegetarians

The Watchman and his lovely bride are experimenting with a new approach to cutting our food bill. I recall my folks and grandparents talking about how during the Great Depression (no they weren't talking about the reign of Jimma Carter, worst president of the USA in history) they only had meat on special occasions and Sundays. So we did a little research and sure enough the average meat intake into American homes has risen steadily over the years until now it is consider the focus of what a meal is built around. We found our first consideration each night, "Hey, Honey what do you want to eat with our chicken tonight" led to a food bill based on chicken, beef, pork, and something they call weenies, which might be almost any kind of meat mixed together. With the price of meat approaching that of precious metals, almost 50% of our food bill was on meat products.

So in an experiment we've gone vegetarian on weekdays, saving those steaks, chops, ribs, roasts, and chicken parts for the weekends. A surprising side effect is the meat tasting more flavorful and we seem to eat less of it. Also to cook the flesh, required more energy than munching on a hearty bowl of oatmeal. So now we start our meal prep with, "Hey Honey what goes with pickled beets and tomatoes?"

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