Many people know eating large amounts of meat is not the greatest thing for their health, but they don't want to become vegetarians, and that's okay and it's their choice. Some people choose one day a week to give up meat, at least for dinner. For more similar info, please visit and subscribe to vegnvenus.blogspot.com.
Many people know eating large amounts of meat is not the greatest thing for their health, but they don't want to become vegetarians, and that's okay and it's their choice. Some people choose one day a week to give up meat, at least for dinner. Something called Meatout Mondays was created in the mid-1980s and is still going strong.
"Meatout Mondays was created as an offshoot of the Great American Meatout, the world's largest and oldest annual grassroots diet education campaign. On or around March 20th (the first day of spring) caring people in all 50 U.S. states and 30 other countries educate their communities and ask their friends, families, and neighbors to pledge to 'kick the meat habit (at least for a day) and explore a wholesome, compassionate diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.' Visit www.Meatout.org to find out more!," according to MeatoutMondays.org.
I will share an exciting recipe each week to celebrate Meatout Mondays. The recipes I share will be easy, inexpensive, and healthy, and I'll try to align them with the season. They will also provide protein, iron, and other nutrients many people incorrectly believe they will not get enough of with a vegetarian diet. If you are trying to cut back on meat for whatever reason, start with Meatout Mondays!
Dinner Recipe: Easy Black Bean Burritos
This recipe is so delicious and really requires almost no cooking, and it's so easy that anyone can prepare it, no matter what their cooking expertise (or lack thereof) may be! With the summer winding down, many people have a surplus of vegetables and herbs from their gardens, which go great in this recipe! If you like to experiment, try adding some other garden veggies to this recipe, such as squash and peppers.
1 can (vegetarian) black beans
1 large onion
1 large tomato
lettuce (Romaine or iceberg)
dash olive oil
Chop the onion and cook in the olive oil in a small pot over medium heat for about ten minutes. Then add the can of beans. While that cooks a few moments, chop the tomato and add that in. Let cook an additional 5-10 minutes over low to medium heat. (Add a few sprinkles of garlic, cumin, or other favorite seasonings for more flavor, although this recipe tastes delicious and refreshing on its own.)
Heat the tortillas in a skillet (or the microwave) and then scoop a few spoonfuls of the beans mixture into them. Add a dash of salsa and some lettuce. Wrap, and enjoy two or three!
Breakfast and Lunch
Rather than clogging your arteries with eggs, bacon, and sausage, give them up one day a week and opt for your favorite vegan cereal. Many cereals are vegan. This week's breakfast recipe: Open Your Eyes Oatmeal. Many people, including myself sometimes, cringe when they hear the word oatmeal. It's mushy and plain, right? Well, it doesn't have to be! Make your oatmeal with water or soymilk/almond milk. Then add a dash of maple syrup, some almonds or walnuts, or some fresh fruit such as strawberries or blueberries. It's perfect with the mornings getting cooler and the fruit and whole grains will keep you feeling full hours longer than your egg omelet will!
For lunch, an easy route is simply some salad and pasta with tomato sauce. If you think that's too boring, spruce it up: Add Excitement to Your Salads!
Find more information, recipes, and more at www.meatout.org/about, www.thekindlife.com/post/meatoutmeat-free-mondays, www.meatoutmondays.org, fatfreevegan.com, or just do a quick search for vegan or vegetarian recipes on any search engine.