From skwigg's journal: "Based on your lunch it seems like you don't concern yourself with having a certain portion of protein at each meal, am I right?" Nope, I don't concern myself. Or, I guess I should say that I don't concern myself if I know the meal has enough calories and fat to comfortably last 5-6 hours. I wouldn't have eaten just the Cranberry Walnut & Brie sweet potato, for example. It needed that rich cheesecake to go with it, or a piece of fatty meat, or quite a bit of peanut butter on the side, or something with a whole avocado.
Fat is more important to me than protein, which is probably blasphemy, but I experience zero benefits from overdoing protein and all kinds of benefits from eating a rather freaky amount of fat, so I just go with it. When I eat enough fat, my stomach and brain are content for hours after a meal. I don't think about food and I eat less overall. But give me 40g of protein in a nice salad with maybe 15g of fat, and an hour later I'd be willing to punch somebody in the face for a peanut butter sandwich.
Generally, I do eat some protein with every meal, but I don't stress about the amount, and I don't worry if some meals are light. There are enough steaks, chickens, and meatloafs happening that I'm in no danger of becoming weak and deficient. Looking at the big picture over time has helped me to be way less crazy. Trying to balance each meal or hit certain gram targets kept me cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. Though I do realize that someone else may find that approach helpful.