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  • Writer's pictureMaya Hickman MS, RDN

Meat Shortage? Tips for Making Your Meat Last Longer and Getting Enough Protein

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of our lives, including our food supply. Due to panic shopping and shutdowns at meat production plants, many grocery chains are limiting the amount of meat customers can buy. For those of us used to having a portion of meat with most of our meals, this can be a real challenge. What can I cook without meat? Will I be able to get enough protein with meatless dishes? Luckily, there are many tasty and delicious low or no meat dishes that will meet both your protein and gastronomic needs. On the positive side, by eating less meat, you will be getting more fiber and more vitamins and minerals, while consuming less fat and calories. These are all great things for your overall health, and especially your digestion and your cardiovascular health. Given that meats are the most expensive item in our grocery shopping cart, we will also be saving some money! Try to focus on the positives and follow the tips below.

Low-meat dishes:

Soups and stews


Mexican style dishes

Asian cuisine – stir fries with rice or noodles


Alternate protein sources:

Legumes – beans, soy, lentils





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