Hmm. Considering Ferrett said "red meat" I assumed pork was on the "okay" list. I guess maybe advertising has fooled me?
Still, I'm excited to see how this works out for the both of you. I went flexitarian a while back (I eat meat about twice a week) and it's been MUCH easier than I thought it would be.
Pork is included. It will be interesting....
Yikes. No pork either? That will be a challenge. I couldn't do that, my partner doesn't like meat-free main dishes, and he doesn't like seafood. So living on a chicken-only diet for 6 months would drive us both batty.
It's interesting how limited our consumption is, really. Many people I know don't like seafood, so cutting out two land critters (pork and beef) suddenly limits most home cooking to just fowl.
Granted, there are tons of things one can do with chicken or turkey (especially turkey leftovers) but I just find it an interesting limitation.
You guys aren't alone in this. Starting this week, I'm cutting out most of the red meat in my diet and staying way from really fatty non-red meat as well. Pork is still an option for me, though, if it's fresh (not ham).
I'm trying to eat way less meat in general and look at it more as a flavoring agent than a centerpiece.
Good luck you guys!
Thanks! I love fish, but Ferrett doesn't. Maybe he will develop a taste for it.
I just left a comment on Ferrett's journal with a link to my favorite roast chicken recipe
. I never brine it, and have made it with just cut up chicken parts with just salt & pepper on carrots and celery and it was STILL *amazing*.
Just remember that boneless skinless chicken is EVIL and should be avoided, and you'll do just fine :)
We're heading into spring & summer soon too! Mmm! Veggies!
I love veggies; Ferrett tolerates them. He also dislikes fruit, which I love.
It's gonna be interesting....
I hope it turns out to be easier than you think. :) I highly recommend Bittman's "How to cook everything vegetarian" book if you don't have it already. Learning how to cook simple vegetarian dishes (or adding chicken and lean meat now and then) is a real joy, I've found.
I know lots of people do it. The fact that Ferrett dislikes fish is going to make it tougher. But we will see how it goes. Thanks for the book recommendation.
funny, I've recently made a point to add small amounts of red meat back into my diet, because my body doesn't rebuild and recover as quickly without it.
I certainly don't eat it every day and only eat it in small amounts, trying to up my intake of fresh fruits and veggies.
I'm an everything in moderation girl myself and cutting out entire good groups doesn't work out well for me.
With that said, I know people it does work for.
To each their own...
Good luck :)
Well, that's why it's a six month commitment. It's less about giving it up entirely and more about enforcing better eating habits and wider variety. We have to be extreme in order to reach moderation.
Yes, I realize how silly this is.
Eating any beef or pork is a bad dietary habit?
Yeah, I was wondering about that too. I don't eat all that well, but if I was going to shape up, cutting out all beef and pork wouldn't be the first thing I'd do. First, I'd cut out all HFCS, highly processed carbs, desserts, etc. and add many more vegetables. There's nothing intrinsically wrong with meat IMHO.
Did you extract an equivalent promise in return from her she has to stick to during the same six months, so the efforts at self-improvement go both ways?
You betcha! Hers is personal, though, so I'm not revealing it.
You guys will do great! I was just posting to the F that veggie ziti and ratatouille are great dishes for this lifestyle. Plus we tend to add turkey kilbasa or sausage to just about anything in our house.
Honey baked chicken, slow roasted chicken with apples, chicken and teriyaki cream stew with sweet potatos, turkey salsa meatloaf, breaded tilapia, tilapia baked in butter (probably not what your daughter had in mind). There are SOOOO many options!
Almost unrelated, but sometimes it's so cute to see your entry and Ferrett's pop up sequentially on my friends list, detailing the same event at the same time.
Yeah, we are goons like that.
I have found turkey to be a fabulous change-up from beef in a lot of different ways. The deli in my building does a fabulous turkey chili that you would swear is beef. Turkey meatballs are tasty. Friends of ours recently did "homemade" sloppy joes on low-carb bread with turkey and it was wonderful.
I can't imagine bothering to make chili with beef anymore. It has no noticable taste difference, and is much higher in fat.
Ground turkey is my new best friend. Turkey loaf, turkey meat balls, turkey chili, turkey kofta, turkey sausages (especially Italian sausage) with pasta...
Let me know if you need recipes!
It's honestly not that hard once you get used to it. The flavor and texture of both meats is easy to duplicate with turkey hamburger or the addition of grains and cereals such as couscous or barley.
Fox and I do not eat beef or pork. It started out as an expense measure (we couldn't afford it) but then became habit. Now I eat it once in a good while for a special occasion but I don't really miss it much. We eat a lot of chicken and a variety of seafood, all of which are extremely tasty.
Getting Ferrett to like more seafood options is definitely one of the things I'm hoping to accomplish!
I guess "Sweetie, everyone dies from *something*--you'd rather we got hit by a bus?" probably wouldn't have been the best way to go there. ;)
Really? Why did she see you guys mainlining butter or something? Does she watch you eat everyday? How does she know that you eat poorly, if you in fact do eat poorly.
I gave up beef for almost a year, but not pork. It was actually easier than I thought and I still eat chicken more than I did at that point so some good came of it. But I'm back on the beef now. So it can be done: )
Yes, we do. We've gotten really sloppy. This is a revitalizing exercise.
Yeah, I was careful not to expand it TOO far!