Welcome to Meatless Monday!
What began as a nonprofit, public health initiative to decrease meat consumption for both environmental and health reasons, has now turned into a National movement. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health signed on and gave this idea momentum; seven years later you’ll find celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney and Chef Mario Batali supporting it, the California government suggesting it state-wide, and school lunch programs cutting out the beef once weekly.
You may have noticed that you do not see beef or chicken in my recipes as of late. I’ll be happy to answer questions about that decision; I do eat fish on occasion, but have recently omitted the meat and poultry from my diet. I still find it easy to fit in enough protein throughout the day, and am confident with this going into Marathon training for race #2 soon (announcement to come). To be honest, I feel much healthier and love seeing every variety of color and texture from various produce in my meals.
On that note, I bring my Meat-free lunch: Spinach, Mushrooms, melted Havarti Cheese, Carrots, Sunflowers Seed and a Whole-Wheat Flour Tortilla…
To pack: combine spinach, carrot slices, mushrooms (sliced) and sunflower seeds, then top with one slice of Havarti cheese. Refrigerate until lunch! To eat: Heat in the microwave for 60 sec, dump onto your tortilla and wrap it up!
Protein: Cheese, veggies
Fat: Cheese, Sunflower Seeds
Enjoy that hot, melted cheese over “cooked” vegetables wrapped up in soft whole-wheat tortilla. Tasty!
Now, the reason you’re still reading this post all about meat-free Mondays – The Cookbook Giveaway!
About a year ago, during my Dietetic Internship, I was given a few Vegan cookbooks from the wonderful Dietitians at the Vegetarian Resource Group. At the time, I kept them on hand in the event that I would need to plan a menu for a Vegetarian/Vegan client. A few months ago, I browsed through the pages again for a some recipe inspirations and I got more creative with meat-less meals. Now, I’m passing some of them on to four of you!
I like to keep things simple – if you are interested in one of these books, leave a comment here and let me know! I’ll announce the winners on Friday, June 25th.
In your comment, answer me this: Do you eat vegetarian, flexitarian, pescetarian, or none of the above? Why? I’m certainly not here to judge, either way – just curious. The choice is yours, and it is definitely possible to eat healthy on any type of diet! 🙂