November 4, 2010
While researching food/restaurant trends for 2011, I came across an interesting trend that some restaurants across the country are already starting to offer — Meatless Mondays. Believe it or not, there is even a Meatless Monday website. Check out meatlessmonday.com — their goal is to help you reduce your meat consumption by 15% in order to improve your personal health and the health of the planet.
I am always looking out for easy and tasty ways to eat healthier (see prior quinoa blog). Don’t get me wrong — I really enjoy a great cheeseburger or steak — but I also know that incorporating more fruits and veggies into my diet is essential. After successfully trying Meatless Mondays, I found it very easy to eat this way a couple times a week – Hello Tofu Tuesdays!
Incorporating meatless meals into your family’s diet is also very economical. A big bowl of pasta with veggies, bean and cheese enchiladas, and stir-frys are my favorite quick and easy meatless go to dishes.
For a flavorful quick and easy pasta recipe try Great Caesar’s Ghost Tomato and Zucchini Spaghetti. Serve with your favorite salad and warm crusty bread – your family won’t mind veggin’ out!
Vegetarian Fun Facts
–Has anyone ever told you that they are a “flexitarian” or “flexible vegetarian”? This term refers to anyone who eats mostly plant-based foods but occasionally eats meat, poultry and fish.
–Beans are full of fiber (~ 8 grams of fiber per half cup), rich in nutrients (folic acid, iron, and magnesium), and high in protein.
–For a delicious meatless appetizer try Tomato Caper Bruschetta (if bringing to a get together — toast bread and package separately from the bruschetta topping — assemble at the party).