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If Meatless Monday is a something you’ve never heard of, it’s an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Before you run away – it’s just one day. You don’t have to become a full-time vegetarian, or give up the bacon in your life. I promise. However, there are some crazy health benefits when you do this regularly, plus it helps out the environment.
The Meatless Monday website goes into more depth about this, but going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
And if you’re worried about protein – don’t. We all kinda need to start eating less meat in general, so going meatless one day out of the week gives you the opportunity to explore plant-based protein like beans and peas, or add more greens such as spinach and kale to your diet.
Going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water. Let me hit you with a couple quick facts:
Crazy. Also, the meat industry uses so much energy to produce grain for livestock that if we used the grain to feed people following a vegetarian diet instead, it would be enough to feed about 840 million people. So even if you don’t take on a full-vegetarian diet, doing Meatless Monday would still be enough to make a change.
If that’s not enough to persuade you, Paul McCartney does it.
On board yet? Here are a few recipes to try out tonight:
- 4 bell peppers – pick any color
- 1 TB butter or olive oil
- ½ cup onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp cumin
- ½ tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- ¾ cup salsa
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 cup shredded cheese
Directions:1. Using a fork, press the beans in a bowl until they are mashed.