Meatless Mondays

I would love to know your thoughts and opinions on this subject:

Meatless Mondays is something I’ve only recently become aware of. I first heard about it a month ago when Shawn and I were wandering Barnes and Nobles in the cookbook section. There was a whole cookbook of “Meatless Monday Meals.” Since then, I have read more and more about this movement that is trying to take off. Getting the whole nation to have “Meatless Mondays.”

Why?

Meatless Mondays is a project started by Johns Hopkins, Columbia, Syracuse and other health organizations. The main reason is, quoted from the article (linked below):

“The reality is that it takes massive amounts of land, water, fertilizer, oil and other resources to produce meat, significantly more than it requires to grow other nutritious and delicious kinds of food. Because meat production is so resource intensive, livestock farming actually accounts for 18% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cattle farming alone consumes nearly 8% of global human water use.”

According to PETA, “Nearly half of all water in the United States goes to raising animals for food. You save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do by not showering for six months!”

Author, Harvey Blatt, in his book “What You Don’t Know About What You Eat” writes that U.S. farm animals produce 1.5 billion tons of manure: “5 tons for each of America’s 300 million people, 130 times more manure than Americans produce themselves.” YUCK!

Victoria Moran, author of “Main Street Vegan” writes: “A single Utah farm raising two and a half million pigs a year produces more waste than the entire city of Los Angeles….if everyone did even ‘Meatless Mondays’ [and ate the Standard American Diet the rest of the week] it would be the environmental equivalent of taking 20 million midsize cars off the road.”

So what do I eat?!?!?!

Here are some vegan and vegetarian options for Meatless Mondays, there are many more, but I’ll just name a few:

  • “Kitchen Sink Salad” Basically put everything you can on top of a bed of your favorite lettuce. I personally like sautéed onions and mushrooms, over the top of romaine, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, walnuts, raisins…and anything else I can find in my fridge.
  • Black bean tacos, made just like regular tacos except substitute the meat for black beans! Yum!
  • Black bean burgers
  • Mushroom burgers
  • Grilled vegetables served over rice
  • Spaghetti with Mariana sauce
  • Vegetable lasagna
  • Omelet
  • Making breakfast for dinner; serve pancakes or waffles!

The ideas are endless!

For more information check out this link: Meatless Monday

Would love you hear your thoughts and opinions on this!

Kelly

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One thought on “Meatless Mondays

  1. I don’t mind the idea of you doing meatless dishes. 🙂 We don’t eat beef in our family. We eat chicken or turkey every single night. We also make a pound of meat last at least two meals (some closer to 4 meals). With this stretching of meat that we already do, I don’t worry about our consumption of meat. We eat about 20 pounds of meat a month. While I realize that comparing this to a family that eats more meat per meal does not say anything about the issue, I do think that it says that we are already practicing reduced meat-eating habits.
    Additionally, I often will get sick after eating beef and haven’t eaten it regularly for 19 years, so it now also tastes odd to me. My sister also can’t eat beef and her family also can’t have beans due to her stomach issues. I think that some families are able to make Meatless work, but others aren’t. Have fun trying out new meals!

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