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How to eat less meat: smart strategies and tips

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What are the best ways to eat less meat? Our guide outlines the other great protein foods, and a guide to how much money you can save by reducing meat.

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Do you love meat and don’t really want to do without it? Let me convince you and learn how to eat less meat, still have delicious and healthy meals — and save money.

If you like a juicy steak or a crispy chicken thigh on your plate, you will find this saving tip absurd. But when it comes to the household budget, doing without meat can mean saving hard cash. The following contribution will show you how meat has a financial impact on food planning and that there are inexpensive alternatives.

But not only because of the money… we should eat less meat for ethical reasons. If you look at the scandals of recent years, you can quickly lose faith in the meat industry. 

In addition, there is the problem of factory farming. Purely for profit, farm animals are kept in a confined space and their basic need for exercise is completely ignored. Those who regularly follow the media reports on this topic do without meat for purely ethical reasons – at least for a certain period of time.

What does meat cost & which types are cheapest?

On average, every person in the USA consumes around 88 kg of meat per year, that’s what I call a house number! If you look at the table below, you will quickly see the cost factor of meat in the household budget.Search:

Type of meataverage $ price per kg
Beef fillet48.00
Entrecote27.00
Beef roulades14.00
beef goulash12.00
Ground beef7.00
veal roast22.00
calf goulash22.00
Veal steak42.00
Minced veal12.00
roast pork11.00
pork tenderloin14.00
pork goulash10.00
Pork chop9.00
Pork cutlet8.00
Mixed minced meat5.00
Turkey goulash10.00
Roast turkey roll15.00
Turkey breast13.00
Turkey escalope14.00
Whole chicken5.00
Chicken thighs fresh4.00
Chicken breast fillet7.00

The prices are only guidelines and depend on where you buy meat and whether it is a branded product (for example poultry). In general, if you don’t want to do without meat, you should consider the current offers from local butchers and those from supermarkets / discounters. For example, you can save up to 50 percent on beef roulades.

How much meat is healthy?

Firstly, eating meat every day is not varied, secondly it is expensive and thirdly it is not necessary for health reasons. On the contrary, pork in particular has increasingly lost its good reputation in recent years. Excessive consumption of pork is said to contribute to acidification of the body and thus to trigger diseases such as gout and rheumatism. The treatment of animals in factory farming with antibiotics and hormones does not really contribute to the quality of the meat. Of course, meat lovers do not have to do without entirely. If meat is only served twice a week, high-quality organic products can also be bought without tearing a hole in the household budget.

Alternatives to help you eat less meat

Avoiding meat entirely or consuming it in combination with other foods saves money. When I talk about combining, I mean keeping the meat content low. This works wonderfully, for example, when you cook pasta with Bolognese. You need significantly less minced meat for the sauce than for a pan full of boulettes. The same applies to a vegetable pan, which mainly contains carrots, beans, mushrooms etc. and only a few strips of turkey or chicken fillet. But even without meat, delicious dishes can be conjured up, here are some alternatives.

➔ Eggs

Eggs have long been considered unhealthy, at least if you eat too many of them. Experts are now of the opinion that eggs have no effect on cholesterol levels, etc. Simple dishes such as fried potatoes with fried egg, sweet and sour eggs or an omelet fill you up and are quickly prepared.

➔ Mushrooms – high-protein fillers

Mushrooms such as mushrooms, oyster mushrooms and especially chanterelles have a high protein content, fill you up and are also extremely delicious. Plan a mushroom pan again in your diet. If the season offers, mushrooms should be bought fresh and are not that expensive. In the cold season, frozen or canned goods can also be used.

➔ Soups – a healthy change

For a long time, soups were only considered a starter when it wasn’t exactly a hearty stew. If you like home-cooked food, take at least one soup day a week. Whether vegetable soup or lentil stew, the dishes can be varied according to personal taste and, depending on the amount, usually cost less than 10 euros. It is best to cook a large saucepan and freeze the rest , so that another lunch is already secured.

➔ Fish – it’s cheap too

I can already hear the reviews, fish is not cheap, but rather expensive at the moment. Unfortunately, that is true, but there is no reason to dispense with it entirely. If you have the opportunity, go to the weekly market, but only shortly before it closes. Many fishmongers no longer want to take their goods home and then offer them at a lower price. There is also cheap fish in the supermarket and at the discounter, but then it is frozen. Varieties such as pangasius fillet or saithe are definitely cheaper than salmon or anglerfish. So always compare the price per kilo before buying!