Eat Better with Meatless Mondays
On average, Americans consume 8 ounces of meat per day – 45% more than the USDA recommends. Going meatless one day a week can reduce the risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help limit people’s carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. If one day a week seems like too much for you, try doing it the first Monday of each month. Many people who were raised eating meat with every meal (myself included) simply don’t know how easy it is to cut out meat, either once in a while or forever. If you need recipe suggestions, the Internet has an endless supply of options. Here are a few:
- Eating Well
- Everyday Health
- Food Network: Giada at Home
- Big Green Purse
- Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone Soup (just one recipe here, but it’s my family’s favorite meatless meal)
You can also try a standard meal and just leave out the meat. Spaghetti, lasagna, and enchiladas are all amazing without meat, no substitute needed.