Wednesday, April 14, 2010


The Great Food Experiment is over. I lasted 84 days, and I only filled in make-believe dinners for two of the nights. But the sad truth is. . . with only 10 days left until my due date, lately dinners have consisted of a lot more pancakes, waffles, cold cereal, and oatmeal than they normally would. So I figured since the whole point of writing down our dinners was to get an idea of how we "normally eat" that this wasn't really continuing to be accurate.

So here are the final numbers after 84 days:

34 completely vegetarian meals (50 non-vegetarian meals)
54 meals (including vegetarians) with less than a full serving of meat per person.
So we only had 30 meals where each family member ate a "full serving" of meat.

63 Homemade meals plus another 11 meals made in the home of the prepackaged tortellini/frozen burrito type variety (not TV dinners).
10 restaurant or takeout dinners.

One interesting thing about our "less than a 1/2 serving of meat" meals, I noticed we use a lot of bacon and Italian sausage. These are both really flavorful ingredients that can spice up a mostly vegetarian dish, particularly pastas which we eat a lot of, and we love them.

And for the reference of anyone interested, and my own future reference (read: after the baby is born) here's the list of all the strictly vegetarian main dishes we ate over that time.

Baked Ziti
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Black Bean Burritos
Breakfast Burritos
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Burritos, Frozen bean and cheese
Cheese Ravioli/Cheese Tortellini
Cheese Souffle
Fritatta, Potato and cheese
Mac and Cheese, homemade
Minestrone Soup
McMuffin, egg cheese and jelly
Mushroom Agnoli (filled pasta)
Mushroom Risotto
Pasta Alfredo
Pizza, Onion and Pear
Potato Soup
Steamed Vegetables and Soba Noodles
Sweet Potato Fries
Taco Salad
Tomato Basil Soup

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last night I made a low calorie cream of broccoli soup--yeah, it's down the drain. It was too spicy, as they called for cayenne pepper (1/4 tsp.!) and I was stupid enough to put it in, thinking that I should follow the "proven" recipe if I wanted it to taste right. Grrr! I went through lots of recipes at the cabin and decided to try more of them. This was not a good motivator to try more!! :) Good job for your healthy diet! When I bought a sticky bun with tons of pecans on it yesterday for breakfast, the lady behind me was saying how unhealthy that was. I was annoyed. Who is she to ruin my breakfast?? It was delicious, and it had nuts and cinnamon, both of which are VERY healthy!! Nonny


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