I got sick of meat earlier this year, just couldn't bring myself to eat it! My husband has joined me in giving up meat as well. He doesn't like tofu but I do!
I found that dropping meat, we were able to cut our budget by $300 a month!
Beans-there are lots of different kinds and white beans are GREAT cooked up soft and pureed into soups! It adds a creamy texture and protein but no added fat!
Also, TVP- textured vegetable protein- is great too! I cook it with boiled water and put in tomato sauce for bolognase sauce and in lasagna too! IT works great in stews as well and tastes like whatever you cook it with! Mix it with beef stock for stroganoff, etc.
I have loads of healthy meatless recipes I could share with you! Just send me a message and I'll send you some recipes!
There are a lot of good cheap food sources that vegetarians like and use. However, I actually know of someone who quit being a vegetarian because they thought it was too expensive! I think vegetarians like anyone else have to watch their budget.
Beans and eggs are good cheap sources of protein for vegetarians and flexitarians alike. We both have to watch our intake of nuts, but they are good for us, and worth putting in our plan, if we possibly can.
I think that there are a lot of specialty vegetarian items that are expensive, and vegetarians like anyone else need to be careful about what they buy. Cheese tends to be more expensive than the cheaper cuts of meat.
Vegans have it really tough. I hear that not even all soy milk is vegan now.
Regular milk is cheaper. Budget-wise, the best choice is probably to go flexitarian, Eat a lot of vegetarian meals, but don't limit yourself to strictly vegetarian.
Does anyone have any thoughts on whether or not going vegetarian would be a cost saving measure? I don't think it would be difficult for me to go vegetarian, since I don't always have to have meat with a meal. And rather like vegetarian eating. But, finding ways to get protein may be more difficult. I'm just brainstorming to think of ways to continue to save costs. Thoughts?
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