Regarding them not liking meat, our kids complain about meat every so often, and I think it's definitely the texture and being hard to chew. Slow cooking food to death makes for REALLY juicy and tender meat. You might find you have a different problem then (not enough meat!).
Another cheapness thing is, it's much cheaper to buy whole fish than cuts of fish steaks. And yeah, for bulking out meals rice and potatoes are the best and most economical options. Just make sure they are served in high fat sauces (for satiety).
Last edited by magicmerl; 11-12-2012 at 06:34 PM.
Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like the Perfect Health Diet a lot.
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