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Meatless Monday (+ quick recipe)

Posted on: May 23, 2011

Welcome to the new week! We had a great weekend at the coast for our anniversary. If you ever get out to Seaview, WA, be sure to eat at The Depot!

Since it’s Monday, I thought it would be a great time to talk about the Meatless Monday trend. Have you heard of it? Do you participate? Back in 2003, Meatless Monday was a program endorsed by a few university Public Health programs in an attempt to cut back on American consumption of saturated fat (the majority of sat fat is consumed through animal products). Something you may not have known is that Meatless Monday was initially started during World War I–not in an effort to make Americans healthier, but to conserve resources and to eat less food. At the time, we as a country were apparently amazed that we felt so great by eating less. We could take some lessons from that era, eh?

In any case, if you google Meatless Monday, you’ll find a variety of healthful meals that don’t involve meat. And, if you regularly consume beef, poultry, or fish, you may discover some new flavors!

just because it’s meatless doesn’t mean it’s healthy

Warning: “meatless” does not always equate to “healthy”. I eat a low-meat diet, and went entirely meatless for a while in grad school. To so many people, the stereotype is that vegetarian=healthy. “I know! I’ll become a vegetarian, and my diet will automatically clean itself up!” I’ve heard so many people say. Well… many nights, I ended up eating chips and cheese for dinner (and my roommate happily joined). Or, one of those big, fluffy loaves of grocery store bread. (Yes, the whole thing.) Not only high-calorie, but low-nutrient. But they were meatless meals!

it can be done!

Again, use the web as your resource to find healthy meatless recipes! I love cooking with lentils, and they’re really versatile with all sorts of spice combinations. Garbanzo beans are another healthy option! (Your wallet will thank you for Meatless Monday, too!)

What are some of your favorite meatless recipes? Here’s one I’m going to toss together later today: cooked spelt berries, garbanzo beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped cuke, lemon juice, olive oil, mint, goat cheese for a salad. (You can sub bulgur or another grain…)

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