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Friday, September 10

Just a little note…

Hey friends. I had a blog post planned for today. And, uh, yeah…I think it slept in or something. (Wish I got to do that!) ANYWAY…since that post dropped the ball (certainly isn’t my fault, right?), I do have two random little things I keep forgetting to tell you. So here we go.

1. Don’t be scared to post a weekly menu. I’ve heard this many times from people…they don’t post their menu because they are scared/nervous/whatever. Know what I have to say to that? Phooey! No need to be scared. Or nervous. Or anything remotely related to that. And I honestly love ALL kinds of menus. From the fancy-dancy-uber-prepared to the we-are-eating-at-taco-bell-a-few-nights-this-week, they’re all wonderful and inspiring in their own ways! So…you have two days to psych yourself up for this week’s menu post. Go get pysching.

2. I’m still doing my Eat Less Meat challenge. I haven’t mentioned it much. But this new way of eating has become a part of our lives quite seamlessly, actually. I even recently switched to buying organic meat, which has really helped me scale back on the amount of meat I buy. And, since I’m buying less, even though the organic costs more, I’m still spending way less money on meat each week. I’m also much more thoughtful about how I use the meat I do buy and we appreciate the meat we do eat more than we used to. Bottom line…it’s been easier than I thought, and we’re happy. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here to read about my 2010 New Year’s Resolution.)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! And, please make some of the dip I shared with you yesterday. It seriously rocks…AND it’s healthy. AND meatless. Bam! Bam! Bam! Awesome all around, wouldn’t you say?


  1. Yea for still doing meatless:) I am going to make that dip! Looks sooo good!

  2. We are also eating less meat, and I too have found it easier to incorporate than I ever expected. Even my meat-loving husband has barely noticed. It’s all about being a little bit creative πŸ™‚

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    Jane Maynard

    I knew you’d be proud, maria! πŸ™‚

    kristin – it’s funny, when I started this in january, so many women commented saying “my husband would never do this” – but you’re right, I think even the most meat-loving husbands can get on board with a little creativity! πŸ™‚ anyway…I’m glad you feel the same way I do, that it hasn’t been as big a deal to reduce meat intake as we thought…so glad I did it!

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    As a “meat-loving husband” I certainly have reduced my meat intake over the last year. It helps that I am also the cook in the family, but once a week for dinner (and lunch for leftovers the next day) is meatless.

    I have also often gone the quality over quantity directions in meats as well.

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    Jane Maynard

    yea! a “meat-loving husband” gave a testimonial! πŸ˜‰ thanks, matt!

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    next step….less dairy? πŸ™‚

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    We’re doing less meat this year, too. Sometimes we go a few weeks at a time with no meat. I’ve never felt better actually, simply b/c I think it helps me focus more on vegetables and whole grains. It’s been really great and like you, it’s become a way of life. Any favorite recipes you have to pass along to try??? We are doing baked shells soon.

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    Suzanne Robinson

    I had the dip for dinner with baked pita chips. Yummy! And boo(in the nicest way possible) to no dairy- cheese rocks, says the former cheesemonger.

  9. We eat less meat seasonally–in the summer/early fall we have so much stuff coming out of the garden that we go *almost* vegetarian. I’m a real carnivore, but I love my garden veggies too much to waste them. I can/freeze what veggies I can and we eat the rest!

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    Erika B.

    Just ate Taco Bell (with beans instead of meat)! Your post made me laugh.

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    What about a “call for” favorite meatless meals? I always enjoy your call for recipes. I can’t wait to try the dip– it looks fantastic.

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    Jane Maynard

    that’s a great idea, chris! I’m adding it to the schedule now! next week is a “special” week of posts that are all already set up…but I think that call for meatless recipes will be next after that! thanks! πŸ™‚

  13. We definitely eat less meat and even when we do eat meat it’s hardly ever a big hunk of meat with sides. It’s just a bit incorporated into a dish – like tonight we had a steak salad and we each only had about 2 1/2 ounces of steak on the salad. Mostly lots and lots of veggies.

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    Jane Maynard

    that’s been my approach a lot of the time too, katie…doing dishes where meat is just a small part of it, rather than the featured player. definitely a nice way to scale back gradually and still make a difference!

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    I started eating less meat about 2 months ago and it has been great. The room in my stomach that isn’t being filled with meat is now taking in many more veggies. I feel great and I don’t even miss it. My husband love it too.

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    After watching FoodInc, Shawn and I decided to make some major adjustments to our meat-eating lifestyle as well. We decided to buy organic in general in the areas we could afford to (ie organic bananas and pasta aren’t going to double our over-all grocery bill), and to cut back on meat altogether- only buying the organic variety when it is part of our menu. I’ve found that organic ground beef isn’t as much a financial stretcher as organic chicken breast, so chili, pasta w/ ground beef, and tacos are more frequently on our plate than chicken fajitas or chicken curry on rice. And, like other commenters, we’ve majorly curbed our funny American tendency to center our dinner around the meat. (You know: STEAK and potatoes, CHICKEN w/ stuffing, PORK and a side of rice.) I LOVE that you’re making smart living palatable to your readers! Way to go!

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    Jane Maynard

    love all of your comments!!! and love hearing other’s success stories….very inspiring!

  18. I’m a vegetarian in a home of meat eaters πŸ™‚ love to hear more about your challenge. just started a foodie blog love your foodie blog so much. Mine is no where near as good as yours πŸ™‚

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