Curbing the meat craving can be a challenge in a culture that sees it as the main course—so Mark Bittman offers seven ways to ease the shift in the New York Times:
- Don’t worry about protein. By varying your veggies, you can get the amino acids you need.
- Buy less meat. The USDA calls 4 ounces per person a serving.
- Don’t let it define the dish. Design your meal around what you think of as side dishes, like vegetables and grains.
- Buy more vegetables. Use them creatively.
- Prepare non-meat food in advance. Avoid the myth that meat is more convenient to cook.
- Lay out rules. For example: “eat a salad instead of a sandwich three times a week.”
- Watch it at restaurants. Push yourself to combine side dishes instead ordering of meat-heavy entrees.