So...this has started to alternately annoy and confuse me: So often in food writing, I see reference made to "a great meatless meal" or " a perfect substitute for vegetarians" or making something "healthier", but the meal has basically no protein, as in this little sidebar in BA this month...
I don't understand how this writer thinks eating a portabello mushroom soaked in olive oil and spread with pesto is healthier than a 95% lean burger. Doesn't she think a healthy meal has some protein in it? (i realize there are a few grams of incomplete protein in the mushroom, but still) And while olive oil is healthier than cow fat, 1/4 lb. cooked lean burger has 26 grams of protein and 6.5 grams of fat. You get about a teaspoon of pesto for 6.5 fat grams. Add the marinade and a realistic amount of pesto, and that burger is going to be at least 3x the fat.
I realize that lots of Americans eat WAY more meat than they need...but I don't think that's a reason to imply that it's healthier to get too little protein. I see a lot of main course recipes that have no damn protein...not only no egg/dairy/soy component, but as far as I can tell, no significant amount of complementary vegetable proteins.
What do y'all think?