Cutting Back on Meat

LET’S suppose you’ve decided to eat less meat, or are considering it. And let’s ignore your reasons for doing so. They may be economic, ethical, altruistic, nutritional or even irrational. The arguments for eating less meat are myriad and well-publicized, but at the moment they’re irrelevant, because what I want to address here is (almost) purely pragmatic: How do you do it?

I’m not talking about eating no meat; I’m talking about cutting back, which in some ways is harder than quitting. Vegetarian recipes and traditions are everywhere. But in the American style of eating — with meat usually at the center of the plate — it can be difficult to eat two ounces of beef and call it dinner.

Cutting back on meat is not an isolated process. Unlike, say, taking up meditation or exercise, it usually has consequences for others. (Full Story at nytimes)

With food prices rising, cutting back on meat is a good way to save some ca$h. Also, as he points out in the article, I'm starting to believe that the average American diet contains entirely too much meat. (Start following fanaticcooks blog if you are interested in studying dietary issues. She is one of the main reasons I've started heading in this direction).