I grew up on a farm in central Kansas. My mom is a great cook. A great cook. Just ask any of my friends who ever came over for dinner, my husband, anybody who's ever worked for my dad, or anybody in the family. Every day growing up, she cooked at least two meals, and usually three.
Yes, my mom is amazing.
Every meal she made was always balanced in the traditional country way: hearty protein, tasty starch, and veggies from the garden. And, boy, my mom knows how to make a delicious roast. Or filet of fish, or hamburger, or chicken breast... I could go on, but you get the idea.
The protein on the table was always meat (although, to her credit, that's beginning to change). While I'm a big fan of a tasty steak once in a while, my husband and I have steadily decreased our meat intake since we married 5 1/2 years ago. A couple of months ago, we decided to make an effort to eat a vegetarian diet as much as possible.