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Is one of your new year’s resolutions to eat a little healthier in 2021? If so, I am hoping I can convince you to go Meatless on Monday this year.
Ok, let me ask you a few more questions…
What if I told you that if you cut out meat one day a week, it may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity?
How about saving money? What if I told you that you could save money by adding vegetarian meals to your weekly menu?
What if I also told you that you could help save the environment?
It’s all true.
WHAT IS MEATLESS MONDAY?
Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut the meat. It can make a big difference in personal health and the health of the planet.
Here’s a quick video for you that sums up what the Meatless Monday Movement is all about:
HISTORY OF THE CAMPAIGN
Meatless Monday is a campaign that originally started during World War I to help the American people reduce food consumption. In addition, the campaign helped to supply the troops overseas. The campaign made a repeat performance during World War II for the same reasons. It was continued after the war was over to help support struggling European countries to recover from the war.
Launched in 2003, Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, worked in collaboration with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to bring back the Meatless Monday campaign for personal health and the health of the planet.
Today, Meatless Monday is supported by millions of people in countries all over the world.
Here’s a short video about the history of this campaign.
WHY WE WENT MEATLESS ON MONDAY
David and I are celebrating our 8th year as participants in the Meatless Monday movement in 2021. That’s 416 Meatless Mondays!
At first, I started cooking vegetarian meals as a challenge. It allowed me to be more creative with meal ideas during the week. As time went on, preparing vegetarian meals once a week became more than just a challenge.
What I didn’t realize at the time was that Meatless Monday aims to reduce meat consumption by 15% in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet. So not only was I getting the challenge to get out of the rut of the same old meals every week, but I was also doing something that would be healthy for David and me while at the same time helping the planet.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS?
Going meatless once a week may reduce your risks of chronic preventable diseases, such as obesity, cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Consuming less meat and more plant-based foods such as vegetables, beans, soy, and nuts can offer many of the following health benefits:
Improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease by going meatless one day a week.
Replace a half serving of meat a day with a plant protein such as beans or tofu could decrease your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
Maintain a healthy weight by substituting plant-based foods for meat.
Cutting back on meat and eating more plant-based foods can promote kidney health.
Surprisingly, beans, nuts, soy, and other vegetables can give you all the protein you need in one day.The information about health was provided by MeatlessMonday.com
HOW DOES IT HELP THE PLANET?
Reducing the consumption of meat can help reduce the production of greenhouse gases that impact climate change. It can also help lessen the demand for environmental resources such as land, water, and energy.
Livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector – This includes all cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world!
Livestock production uses 75% of the earth’s agricultural land.
Producing only 1 quarter-pound beef burger uses 425 gallons of water – that’s enough water to fill 10 bathtubs!
Producing 1 quarter-pound beef burger uses up enough energy to power an iPhone for 6 months.
Skipping one serving of beef every Monday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 348 miles in a car.The information about the environment was provided by MeatlessMonday.com
HOW DOES IT SAVE MONEY?
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one pound of beans is about $1.34 versus spending two and a half times more money for boneless chicken breast ($3.32/pound) and lean ground beef ($3.51/pound) and four and a half times more money for sirloin steak ($6.00/pound).
WOW! You can save every week and every month in the year 2021.
OUR HOPE FOR YOU
Providing you with delicious recipes is important to us, but we also care about our impact on the health of our readers and the environment from our beautiful mountain and around the world. To do our part, we offer some healthy and environmentally friendly recipes for you.
PLEASE JOIN US!
We would like to encourage you to participate in the Meatless Monday campaign with us. Even if you don’t skip meat on Monday, at least try it ONE DAY a week for the month of January 2021.
Technically, that’s only 4 days out of 31 with no meat.
I mean really, if I convinced my very carnivorous husband David Spivey, the pork-loving, brisket smoking, Mr. BBQ man he is, TO GO MEATLESS ONE DAY A WEEK, can’t I encourage YOU to go meatless one day a week too?
WHAT DO I COOK ON MEATLESS MONDAY?
Ok, you are probably wondering what in the world to cook for Meatless Monday.
I can help you!
To get you started, I am going to share the 10 most popular vegetarian recipes of 2020 from The Mountain Kitchen. These are our reader’s favorite vegetarian recipes this year. The recipes will help you get started going meatless on Monday in 2021.
Ok, let’s check out the recipes!
TOP 10 MEATLESS MONDAY RECIPES OF 2020
#2 Cheese And Bean Enchiladas – Our #1 Meatless Monday Recipe of all time!
Ok, there you go!
That’s 11 vegetarian recipes to try for Meatless Monday in 2020.
Get healthier, save money and save the planet. You cannot lose!
I promise you will be surprised that meat doesn’t have to be part of a recipe for it to be good and you will enjoy it so much you’ll want to keep participating. I will continue to share vegetarian recipes for Meatless Monday in 2021, so don’t worry about running out of recipes to try.
Have I convinced you with these delicious Meatless Monday recipes? Are you up for the challenge?
Which recipe will you make for the first? Comment below, we love hearing from you!
These are our most popular 10 vegetarian recipes, but we have, even more, click HERE!