There are other great tasting cheap proteins -- like VERY filling , very healthy high fiber rice n beans combos .
U can make falafel for isntance just by buying a mix ( make sure its fat free if U want to lose /maintain) , mix less that U think U need with water , wait for it to soften and make balls . I bake em in the oven but even pan frying doesnt break the calorie bank . Put em in a fresh flatbread with fresh heirlom tomato slices , lettuce , and fatfree tzaziki dressing ( greek yogurt , diced cucumber , mint ) - a sandwich to die for . If you round out the plate with some lemony rice pilaf .. you will find U wont get hungry again for many hours cuz u ate a TON of complete protein .
I personally love the SMART ONES sausage and meat flavor ( fresh veggie/ vegetarian sections of most grocerystores ) no fat tofu based meat substitutes and a so fatfree vegetarian " pepperoni" and sausage . I wouldnt begin to eat real sausage from pig parts
... but fake-o I LOVE the peppery taste "
Also try European stir -fry recipes . These call for WAY less than an American 6-8 ounce ( or MORE !
) giant serving of animal protein.
Because meat is like 16 bux a pound ( but much more safely raised ) in Europe , people eat a lot less of it and are a lot healthier as a result . I like to mix up mushrooms , fresh squash ,fresh diced peppers , frozen peas or fresh fava beans in most of my meat -based dishes too and again I often serve with brown rice or a brown rice and chickpea combo ...
when I have freezer room I usualy make a HUGE batch of delicious brown rice n chickpeas or beans by soaking, dicing and cooking dried chinese mushrooms first ( about 1.49 for a big bag ), then I add powdered chicken stock ( goya works great ) spices ( again Goya seasonings are SUPER for rice and beans ) , pre toasted brown rice grains ( makes em cook way faster and also gives em a delicious nutty taste ) and eventually either canned or pre soaked chickpeas or fava beans . The pre soaked large fava beans and the toasted brown rice have about the same cooking time ( half an hour ) . When its ready i serve my family some with a fresh vegetable and meat sauce....and I freeze the rest in freezer bags which means I can pull out n microwave as i'm making another fresh dish another day .
Another protein containing ( people don't know this ) and high fiber and very cheap dish is fresh mashed potatoes . Takes 10 minutes and really stretches meat dishes . Put 4 or 5 potatoes into microwave and cook on high 15 minutes or so until soft . Let cool , then place skins and all in food processor with fat free half n half and butter buds - swirl and DONE .
Extremely healthy food with lots of vitamins - the Irish literally used to LIVE on the potato . ( Men would eat seven or so
potatoes roasted in the hearth overnight for breakfast and then go to work I've read ) They do contain surprising amounts of protein , vitamin C .. they can be considered a complete food suprisingly - and the evidence is there - that single vegetable grew a very successful civilization for a hundred years or so . until the famine .
U can also grow Ur own organically simply by digging a trench in early spring when Ur eating potatoes begin to sprout - and putting them in . As the plants grow add more soil so the roots are always covered ( eventually they should be hilled up ) . When the plants begin to die down ,plunge Ur hands into the earth and U will feel a HUGE organic harvest . U can take some and replant the rest for a second fall crop even ( in another place is best )
Potatoes are one of the crops they use the most pesticides on .... so definitely worth the trouble to grow Ur own or just buy organic ( its not that expensive ) .
Personally I think not eating much meat means a lot less calcium leaching from our bones and teeth too !
Heres to great posture , easy weight mainenance , great health and wonderful ,complete smiles !