Which food or ingredient is the main focus on your dinner plate?

United States
June 23, 2008 10:00pm CST
We used to eat lots of beef based meals, but when our daughter came along, it got too expensive. So we switched to chicken as a basis and eat more chicken now. Some days, our dishes are mainly vegetables and rice with a little bit of chicken or fish. The meats are more like a condiment and less the main focus of the meals. We still have very filling meals, but with less emphasis on the meats. And that is lower calorie and healthier. What type of food or ingredient is the main focus of your food dishes? Rice? Bread? Beef? Fish? Please share.
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@Rikza1 (295)
• Finland
24 Jun 08
We eat a little bit of everything. We went to rotate our foods, so we don't get fed up with one food. I prefer chicken the best, but mostly we have beef, as we get our own beef meat from our farm. We make everything from beef and use it to everything, and its normally served with macaroni or potatoes. Chicken is the second most used. We have chicken very often too. Chicken is always served with rice or noodles. Noodles very rarely tho. Fish we have once a week or once in two weeks, It's not so popular. It's served with what ever comes to hand. I need food with a lot of proteins, and what could be better than meat. I'm never been into vegetables..It not what I need so I eat them very few, but I always eat them. None in our family likes vegetables so much, so we rarely have any salad in dinner table, everyone just makes their own, I just usually take some tomatoes and cucumber. Also I take a little bread while eating other food, just one slice and little butter and maybe cheese on it, but in total meat is the main focus on my dinner place. Healthy, much protein and energy, that makes me feel good, and that way I gain weight just the thing I need.
• United States
24 Jun 08
My spouse didn't like veggies either, but I found a neat way to get him to eat veggies. Most times, I will simply wrap a pork chop or chicken thigh in foil with a tsp. water and diced carrots, chopped onions and some frozen veggies. Wrap the whole thing up, and grill it on the George Foreman grilling machine. If you prefer, you can open the top of the foil to let the meat sear. That usually just works for pork and not chicken. The chicken is more tender if you leave it wrapped up. It's very tasty. And I never get complaints.
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@Rikza1 (295)
• Finland
25 Jun 08
That sounds good! Maybe I should try that sometimes. I've heard many ways of how to get someone to eat veggies, but I've never bothered to try any of them, maybe now is the time to try.
• United States
26 Jun 08
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
24 Jun 08
For us it is mostly pork or chicken. We do still eat beef but usually it's ground beef :) If my wife had her way I think it would always be chicken because she loves chicken LOL
• United States
24 Jun 08
I really miss tacos and burritos! Those are my only hold outs for beef. But chicken is much healthier. I love pizza too! So, that's not so healthy. But that doesn't stop my love for it!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
24 Jun 08
If I only had to eat healthy foods I'd go completely crazy LOL Besides, my body wouldn't survive, I am too skinny already. Bring on the fattening foods! LOL
• United States
24 Jun 08
*Giggle*
• United States
24 Jun 08
We settle around the meet or the salad and then the meat. in the summer is settling around the salad then adding the meat.
• United States
26 Jun 08
OK! That makes sense. I like to keep my meals simple too. Easier to manage.
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• United States
30 Jun 08
Yesterday I canned peaches and apricots so for dinner we had barbecued hamburgers and a salad. Simple and good.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
24 Jun 08
It really varies a lot here. My son and I eat a lot of bean dishes. My husband is pretty picky with beans, and will just eat them from time to time. Elliott and I have something with beans in it at least 3-4 times each week, though. We eat a lot of chicken, too. That's one of the things that we all enjoy eating. I fix it several different ways. We also eat rice fairly often. Usually when we eat it, we have chicken of some kind with it.
• Australia
25 Jun 08
It sounds like bean dishes would be cheap but my husband doesn't like beans either. The kids love baked beans though and sometimes I make them a loaded potato with baked beans, cheese, sour cream and bacon and they love that and it makes for an economic meal. I must say that chicken is a favourite in my house too and it can be done so many different ways. Rice is a good way to spin a meal out further, fried rice is a really affordable meal too.
@katsmeow1213 (28902)
• United States
24 Jun 08
The majority of my meals do focus on a meat of some sort, beef, chicken, pork... it all depends. I try to do a couple different meats each week, and do them a few different ways. I buy my meat in bulk at Sam's club, so each package of meat gets 2 or 3 or 4 meals. This way I only have to buy 2 packs of meat a week, and just think up different ways to serve them. I will also do like 1 pasta night which doesn't usually involve meat.
• United States
25 Jun 08
I'll have to check out the Sam's club. We have one in the next town over that is supposed to be pretty good!
@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
24 Jun 08
I'm an omnivore, but my meat choices are mostly fish and fowl. I also eat a lot of brown rice, whole grain pasta, and beans.
• United States
26 Jun 08
All very healthy!
@youless (100239)
• Guangzhou, China
24 Jun 08
Since we are Chinese, the main food is rice with some dishes like vegetables and meats. The meats are usually chicken, fish, pork and beef. And sometimes we will eat seafood like shrimps. I love China
• United States
24 Jun 08
That's cool! And, I'll bet it's healthier to focus the meals on rice, than on the meat. Meat is like the side dish, I'm thinking. It's the same way in our house.
@Shaun72 (15965)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Jun 08
Meat is usally my main ingrdient when I eat meals. Of course tonight I had spegitti noodles with ragu sauce and I mixed in chicken with it and melted cheese. It tasted pretty good. I try to stay away from starchy foods most of the time but tonight I did mess up and ate noodles.
• United States
24 Jun 08
We eat noodles too. Usually penne or something fancy. That gives me the feeling of eating fine! LOL!
• United States
24 Jun 08
I grew up in a house where red meat was served in just about every meal. I went on some medications that blew me up almost 100 pounds a few years ago and in the past year I have gotten serious about losing it. I now try to eat less red meat and more chicken and pork. I have to admit I'm a pasta freak so I do give in and eat the carbs sometimes. I have lost 35 in a little over a year so it is working. We still eat some red meat, but not nearly as much as we used to.
• United States
24 Jun 08
That's a really good thing that you have done for your health! I wish we could cut out all the bad stuff in our diet, too. But somehow it always creeps back in. Slowly but surely!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
26 Aug 08
We eat a lot of rice and vegetables too. For meat, we eat very little red meat but will sometimes have lean beef. We eat mostly chicken. I tend to give most of the meat to my husband when I cook. With his workouts he needs the added protein. I have never been much of a meat eater but will eat small portions. I prefer fruits and veggies. Our 2 year old daughter likes diced up chicken and will eat some fish too. Her favorite veggie is corn so we have that a lot. I usually make more than one vegetable with every meal.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
26 Aug 08
My main part of my meal is my vegetables and then my meat. And then my fruit for dessert. I don't eat carbs, or not many, so I don't have any potatoes or rice or noodles or bread. Only once in awhile. Today I made a pot of homemade soup with fresh vegetables from the garden. One of our clients, we clean houses, has a big garden and he lives on an acreage so it is big, and he allows us to pick whatever we want when we are there cleaning and today was the day so I picked green and yellow beans and onions and carrots and beets and peas, and when I came hiome I made a pot of bean soup with ham. I don't use those fancy beans for my bean soup, but garden yellow and green beans. Then when it was ready I put some dumplings in it. We also put a little bit of vinegar in our bowls when we eat it. And right now I am eating some cantelope while I am mylotting.
@inia_54 (176)
• Malaysia
17 Jul 08
For health reason avoid eating to much red meat sucah as beef. Eat more white meat like chicken or fish. Fro lunch and dinner we eat rice plus other dishes. I will alternately cook chicken dishes with fish. That goes along with vegetables. Me have simple meals at home as long as it contains the balance nutrition. My husband and I loves vegetables a lot. We limit ourselves to a small portion of rice but plenty of vegetables.
@ksha777 (95)
• Philippines
26 Jun 08
Before we used to eat beef, pork, chicken and fish in random. but now as we grow old, sometimes its hard to digest those beef and pork and made us feel bloated. We've decided to have fish, vegetables, seafoods and chicken. Chicken in moderation only.
• Canada
26 Jun 08
While I do eat meat, I'm more interested in vegetables. Some days I'm happy with just a big bowl o salad for a meal.
@laglen (19778)
• United States
25 Jun 08
We have a very wide range. We only buy meat when it is on sale. So we have beef, pork, chicken, turkey and lamb always in the freezer. For starched, we use a lot of rice and potatoes and some pasta. Tonight we had cheese enchiladas with flour tortillas, very yummy!
@gmakesmoney (2923)
• United States
25 Jun 08
It used to be red meat for us and it's taken me a very long while to get my mom to transition to more turkey and chicken. We also do things around lean pork tenderloin cuts too. My thing was mom's heart health. The other thing we center around is rice. It just doesn't feel like a meal without it, lol. It's such a cultural thing for us, no Hispanic meal is complete without that side of rice. And we've got like a million and one ways of preparing it.
@ynigz1 (472)
• China
25 Jun 08
Rice, in China this is the main food of us. We think rice can make us strongle. And we eat some pork and vagetables with rice, then we think the food is good enough to make us health. In north of China, they like steamed bread and noodle which made by flour, that is their main food.
@sherrir101 (3673)
• Malinta, Ohio
25 Jun 08
Tonight for supper we had grilled chicken thighs, pea salad, corn on the cob and french bread. I usually make at least two vegetables for our meal. I try to have one of them in a salad form. You are supposed to have so many servings of vegetables per day and this is the only way that I seem to work them in.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
25 Jun 08
We are rice eaters so basically, we eat rice almost every meal and just a little viand or anything to compliment rice which are usually chicken, fish, beef, pork, vegetable in smaller portions. In our province (Pangasinan), we don't eat without vegetable. We can survive even without meat for a week but not without veggies. Here in my hubby's house, they always serve meat so I always dread to have veggies.
• Australia
24 Jun 08
I budget really well so we can still afford all the foods we want - even though we have four kids now. We eat red meat three times a week, tinned salmon once a week (as I am allergic to other fish) and chicken the other nights. I would have to say that the meat on our plate is the focus and then there are lots of things that go around it. So for example, if I want to think of a dish to cook next monday night, I think about what cut of meat I have and how I would like to cook it. Say I decide on curry, I will use a cut like gravy beef and then use vegetables that go with it and most probably cook rice. I tried for a long time to make my meal balanced and healthy but that became boring! So now I try and make it colourful! The kids love their colourful meals and also love healthy food. For a family of six we include about 500g of meat, at least 1kg of vegetables and either a packet of pasta or 2 cups of uncooked rice or six large potatoes mashed/roasted. BQ - you saw that recipe that I posted, so you have an understanding of the kind of food I cook