We have a weird confession – we haven’t bought meat with our groceries in 2017. We do still have meat when we eat from restaurants but 95% of our diet has become vegetarian.
Why the change? A few things factored in, really.
First of all, Caleb has categorically refused all meat since the day he was born. No eggs, no nuggets, no roast turkey, no ground turkey, no hamburgers – NOTHING!
At first, it was a bit frustrating but then we let his wonderful, healthy palate guide us. Instead of just giving into default meals, we started being more creative and adventurous and we all started to love it!
By the time the second week of January rolled around, we realized that we hadn’t bought any meat. Maybe we were just so overwhelmed from the holiday season and needed a break but our meals had just become very light for a while.
The second thing that happened was the Super Bowl. I had stocked up on supplies in advance and I made quite a spread. Buffalo chicken dip, taquitos, spring rolls, perogies, queso, samosas… it was an enormous meal and we dug right in – and then something strange happened.
We were driving home from a date a few days later when Josh said, “you know, you’re not going to believe this but I don’t feel great when I eat a lot of meat anymore. I’ve really enjoyed how much better I feel when we keep our meals meat-free.”
This was a shock. Josh had never had a salad until his late 20s and never ate any fruit (not even in pie) when I met him. Yet, here he was, encouraging a more vegetarian lifestyle.
We went home, talked to the kids, and haven’t looked back. Not only have we all really enjoyed experimenting with new recipes (which we will start sharing next week!) but it’s been great on our wallet too! I’d say our grocery costs are down, at least, 40%. The Farmer’s Market is starting soon so we plan to go and grab fresh supplies weekly from there!
Now, we’re just focusing on being more active through running and yoga and, soon, we are thinking of cutting back on wheat. Caleb breaks out in rashes if he has too much bread (he probably has only two slices a week now, if that) and Oliver vomits profusely if he has gluten.
Will we be a meat-free, wheat-free house soon? We shall see!