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.
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Black Bean Burritos
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Burritos, Frozen bean and cheese
Cheese Ravioli/Cheese Tortellini
Fritatta, Potato and cheese
Mac and Cheese, homemade
McMuffin, egg cheese and jelly
Mushroom Agnoli (filled pasta)
Pizza, Onion and Pear
Steamed Vegetables and Soba Noodles
Sweet Potato Fries
Tomato Basil Soup