We've never eaten a ton of meat during our marriage. In the beginning, we were too poor and I was too cheap. In the last year or so, we had started eating a bit more, partly because I love cooking adventures, but also because Red Chief really likes it. It was still far less than the average American eats (almost half a pound a day, according to this article, or a third of a pound a day, according to this site).
Mr. Mordecai decided he wanted to try going completely meatless for a couple of weeks. Since I have a large repertoire of meatless recipes, this hasn't been hard to do.
Here is our almost-two-week meatless menu:
- Split pea soup
- Farmer's market sausage pie (I know, I know. It was pi day, and I was taking dinner to friends, and I was self-conscious that the pie wouldn't turn out very well if I did it meatless . . . although now I think it would have been fine. So yes, we had a bit of sausage on the second day.)
- Veggie burgers (from the store) with homemade buns
- Meatless nachos
- Lemon-scented quinoa salad
- Falafel with homemade pita bread (this is the only recipe on the menu that I haven't tried before)
- Tofu and broccoli (made from our favorite beef and broccoli recipe, and it turned out quite yummy. I used extra-firm tofu in place of the beef. I had to add a bit of water to the sauce in the end.)
- Green bean and lentil soup
- Black beans and rice