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Jan 27, 2014 11:31 AM

Omnivores: do you feel you want meat every day?

A thread on the home cooking board got me curious about this. I am am omnivore and enjoy good meat and seafood but definitely do not want or need meet every day. I love many different vegetarian meals and make them often.

On the aforementioned thread some people stated that they really want meat every day and sometimes every meal, which surprised me, so I wondered how common this is.
It came up in the context of whether it is ok to serve a vegetarian meal to a mixed group of vegetarians/ omnivores.

So I am wondering, do you feel like you are missing something if a meatless meal is served to you? Do you make vegetarian meals as part of your regular habit?

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  1. We eat a lot of meat protein in my house because my H does better on a protein heavy diet, and I do better when I have heme sources of iron.

    That said, there are lots of times when we do vegan meals (spaghetti squash with marinara, vegetable stew) or meals that are lacto/ovo veg or pescatarian. We tend to eat a lot more salads in the summer, for example, when it's too hot to cook; or we might have something like an avocado stuffed with tuna.

    So the answer to your question is "no", we don't crave meat at every meal, though we do enjoy it sometimes.

    1. Proving that every one defines their diet differently while using the same words. I am an omnivore, and I eat lots of vegetarian meals. I probably have meat at 1/3 of my lunches or dinners. Often, the meat's function is more of a condiment than a focal point.

      If I have a vegetarian over for a dinner party, we are all going to eat vegetarian. If I have a bigger party with mixed diets attending, there will be meat, vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

      1. I've never thought of omnivore as being anything other than "I'll eat (almost) anything." Definitely don't eat meat every day and certainly not every meal. I'm with pinehurst. There's plenty of meat around but there's plenty of other stuff. And, though, you didn't ask, I'd serve a vegetarian meal to anyone. Maybe not vegan cause we do love our bread and butter :)

        1. Breakfast is usually meat free (ocassional bacon when on sale), lunch is leftovers or sandwich ( peanut butter or cheese for me, cold cuts for BF), and usually meat (chicken, pork or seafood) at dinner. I'm a lazy cook. It's easier for me to think of a meat dish, a couple veggie sides, and other ( rice, pasta, couscous, etc) for dinner. Vegetarian meals ( except for pasta or bean based) are hard for me to plan. Doesn't matter how many recipes I read or cookbooks I borrow. I just can't come up with enough menus to eat vegetarian regularly. That's why when we eat out I immediately look at the vegetarian option. I do think that if I had a chef or someone else cooking my meals I could become vegetarian.

          1. No. I am not a huge meat eater these days. I eat it once at most, almost always at a restaurant. I cook it slightly more frequently for my more meat eating-leaning partner, but even that I limit to 2-3 times per week. If he's complaining about it, it's not to me.

            For a small dinner party, if there's a vergetarian in the mix I make a vegetarian meal. For larger parties (where I usually have a lot of small plates) I do a mix or meat and non-meat items.