We should all try: Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is a global initiative to reduce meat consumption.  Why, you may ask?  There are a lot of great reasons to go meatless on Mondays.  Here are a few biggies:

  • Be kind to the earth – Meat consumption has a major negative effect on the environment.  According to a recent study, “There may be no other single human activity that has a bigger impact on the planet than the raising of livestock.” (source: Time)  Livestock depletes water sources, increases greenhouse gas emissions, and drains fossil fuel resources.
  • Be kind to your health – According to the video below, people eat an average of a 1/2 lb of meat a day.  That seems a bit gluttonous, doesn’t it?  Cutting back on meat consumption (especially fatty red meats) can help reduce your risk of colon cancer, heart disease, and obesity.  And by nixing meat as the main star of your dinner plate, you’ll have more room to enjoy healthy vegetables and legumes (which most people don’t eat enough of).
  • Be kind to your wallet – Meat is expensive… much more expensive than most fresh produce.  ‘Nuff said.

So, what do you think?  Are you willing to join the Meatless Monday movement?  To rev up your enthusiasm, I’ve compiled some delicious meatless recipes.  Let’s give ’em a try together.  And if you’ve got any tried-and-true meatless recipes of your own, please share them with me in the comment section below.

Meatless Monday recipe ideas: 

Zucchini Spaghetti with Peas, Crème Fraîche and Pesto

Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Bread Cups

Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate, Pickled Chiles, and Pecans

Polenta Tart with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Sweet Potato Burgers

Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea Tacos with Lime Crema

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*Many thanks to my Mom for suggesting this latest try!

One comment

  1. Christina says:

    I made a “chickpea of the sea” salad – chicken salad made with chickpeas instead of chicken, hummus instead of mayo. Stuffed it inside a pita pocket with arugula and avacado – thanks for the idea!

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