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Where’s the Beef?

Try expanding your meal repertoire with tasty meatless dinners. Use beans, chickpeas, tofu, lentils, nuts, quinoa, bulgur and farro to bump up the protein. And, there are still more ways to feed the meat lover in you. Photo by Ella Olsson from Pexels.

If you have visited a grocery store recently, you may have noticed that your favorite cut of meat is nowhere to be found. You may have also observed the prices of certain cuts have gone up quite a bit. Ohio has not been immune to the supply chain disruptions that have led to meat shortages.

Here are some ideas to serve delicious meals chock full of protein during this time. Quite likely, both your waistline and wallet will thank you!

  • Go meatless. This one is the most obvious. Alternating between vegetarian and nonvegetarian meals throughout the week will stretch your dollar and meat supply. A study published in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition found that eating vegetarian is cheaper. Need some inspiration? My favorite vegetarian cooking blog is Cookie + Kate. Her vegetarian lasagna is to die for!
  • Visit your local butcher shop or try an online retailer. Your grocery store’s foot traffic has tremendously increased during the COVID-19 pandemic so it’s no wonder they can’t keep their coolers filled. It’s time to try some off of the beaten path retailers. Your local butcher shop should be your first stop. Online retailers like Omaha Steaks and Holy Grail Steak Co. will ship premium meat right to your front door.
  • Make meat the side. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans are eating more red meat and poultry than we did in 1960s. To be exact, 60 pounds more every year. Don’t make meat the main star of your meal, but instead make it a side dish. Chicken noodle soup, spaghetti and meatballs, beef stroganoff and Italian wedding soup are meals that use meat for flavor in a secondary role.

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