I am thinking about including meats (other than fish) back into my diet. I have been meat free for over a year now, and even though I learned a lot during that time, and it opened me up to a lot of foods I had never even HEARD of, I am thinking after reading numerous paleo articles and listening to my body, that I am going to reintroduce myself to meat eating. I kind of miss it, actually. And I am always getting bored of eating the saaaame sorts of foods all the time to get my protein. I want to change it up a little bit.
I don't really even know what I'm asking, but I'm just hoping for some support or encouraging words on this, and I know I could find that here :)
If you have any good recipes including ANY sort of meat, share. It might become my first meat meal in a year.
Bacon. How about bacon, tomato, avocado on a nice big piece of lettuce? Or bacon and eggs? Or a bunless bacon burger? There's a saying somewhere that there isn't any kind of food that can't be made better without the addition of either bacon or chocolate.
On that note, you could evidently even indulge in chocolate-covered bacon:
Congrats, dear -- been there myself, and helped my ex husband through the transition as well. We found that meat soups, chili, curries, and other long-cooked meats were a great start for us... and it's the perfect season for that.
Chicken thighs. Cheaper and far tastier than breasts, in my opinion. And a perfect single portion of meat for a meal. Top with sea salt, pepper, maybe some sage, and pop in the oven. I also wrap mine in proscuitto or bacon occasionally. As another poster said, there is nothing that is not improved by adding bacon.
I also have gotten really into burger patties recently because they're a little cheaper than doing steaks or chops. Ground lamb is really nice - put some rosemary in there, an egg to bind it, fry, top with dijon mustard. Or a beef/pork blend is nice too.
Mix chunks of precooked meat up with vegetables in a stir-fry, and serve over a bed of shredded cabbage and onions. Lately for me this has been a mix of roasted chicken, Italian dry sausage slices, chunks of roasted potatoes and winter squash, with some pico de gallo sauce added at the end.
I am doing the same right now - been strictly fish-eating for ten years. I thought chicken would be a great way to ease back in - it's just like fish, right? - but no, it tastes pretty bad. Pork was actually a better place for me to start, plus recalling things I really loved when I used to eat meat, like jerky and bacon. Also, diversifying my fish diet to include scallops, crab, tougher meats like swordfish.
I also think it helps to start your forays into meat-eating out at a good restaurant. That way you don't have to handle the rawness, if that bothers you, and can focus on how yummy it tastes.
I read your profile about your concerns about the meat industry and I figured that's why you were meat-free for over a year. I also find the conventional industry disgusting. I had a very hard time thinking about incorporating red meat into my diet again. I felt nauseated just thinking about about CAFO.
I know you're young so I don't know how much of a choice you get over grocery shopping, but if you're worried about inhumane treatment, I'd suggest certified-humane grass-fed beef if you can get it. Sitting down to a serving of it was easier than I thought it would be knowing that it lived a far more natural live than those raised conventionally. I imagined it living naturally, just as fish (I see that you're pescatarian) do in the wild. It's not perfect of course, but much better. I also told myself that the one life can feed hundreds (maybe not people on this site though, haha) of people, whereas a fish's life feeds maybe a few people (depending on species).
This helped me a lot...good luck if you decide to incorporate it back into your diet!
I suggest trying some tasty selections from US Wellness Meats. Their liverwurst and pemmican are amazing! If you have any difficulties digesting meat after making the transition, use an HCL supplement for a few weeks until your body begins producing enough HCL on its own.
Well, if you are thinking of including meat in your diet I will suggest you to include chicken. Low amount of fat and high protein makes it one of the best foods to eat to lose weight.
And I really appreciate your effort.
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