Have you ever heard of Meatless Monday? It’s a campaign that began in 2003 encouraging people to cut out meat from their Monday meals. Monday was chosen as a way to start your week off more healthy. I am a big fan of Meatless Monday in general but I find it difficult to reserve one day a week specifically to go meatless. I prefer a much more flexible approach, where I try to cut meat out of three meals within my week.
The point of Meatless Monday is to eat a healthy meal as a substitute, adding a little more vegetables or whole grains to your diet instead of always making protein the star of the meal. I am by no means a vegetarian, and honestly never will be. But Americans in general tend to consume way too much protein. According to meatlessmonday.com, “going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity.”
It’s honestly pretty darn easy to do once you make a mental note to try it out. I have plenty of meatless options on my blog to help get you started. Some of my favorites include (in no particular order):
Black bean tostadas with salsa and avocado
If you are in need of more inspiration, one of my favorite vegetarian cookbooks is Herbivoracious. (Michael Natkin, the author, also has a pretty snazzy blog. Check it out here.) Michael’s recipes are truly wonderful (the black bean soup above is one of his) so be sure to pop over to see them.
Do you already participate in Meatless Monday? What is your favorite meatless meal to prepare?