we had meat at every meal, along with vegetables and a starch.
Bacon or sausage and eggs and pancakes for breakfast, what ever meat mom cooked for dinner and supper surely had meat as well.
Not just SOME meat.
We butchered 2 hogs and a steer every fall(we raised our own) and at the very least 100 chickens. We butchered another hog in the spring to tide us over the summer months.
All my relatives did the same and I know this because we all helped each other. This was back in the 50's.
I think that when you look at what folks did back then, you have to also look to what their ethnic group was. My family and ancestors are German/Russian and meat was a part of every meal. BUT so was vegetables. You should have seen the gardens they grew. I also had to help with all that too.
We harvested dry beans with a combine, thats how many the folks grew. We shared with other relatives though. Huge gardens of carrots, onions, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, potatoes, watermelon, cucumbers. Hundreds of jars of veggies, fruits we bought, jams, all preserved for winter eating.