The concept of Meatless Mondays started back in 2003, but slowly, steadily, it’s been gaining traction in the mainstream food scene. I predict that in 2011 Meatless Mondays will continue to invade the kitchens around the country.
For those of you who don’t know, Meatless Mondays is a campaign focused on eating meat-free one day a week. Sponsored by various public health schools, like Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Meatless Mondays also helps promotes good health by lowering the risk of preventable disease by cutting back saturated fat.
Now, I’m a girl who loves a good steak and a perfectly roasted chicken, but it’s nice to ease up on the meat every once in a while. Not to mention easier on my checkbook. I like to think of Meatless Mondays as a cleanser for the week ahead – cleaning out the system after a weekend of indulgence.
I know a lot of you out there come from meat and potato homes – I did too. But since it’s a new year, how about trying something new? Instead of indulging in a chicken breast, try hearty lentils, versatile beans, and fresh veggies. It’s a healthier, cleaner way to start the new year.
Here are a few recipes to help you get started!
Get this recipe: Ratatouille with Polenta
Get this recipe: Slow-Cooked Stuffed Peppers
Get this recipe: Minted Rice with Garbanzo Curry
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