A Monday Without Meat?
Meatless Monday is a movement with the slogan, “one day a week, cut out meat.” Sounds simple enough, right? With observed health, environmental, and cost benefits of cutting out meat for one day a week, why not try it out?
The recipes below should inspire your Meatless Monday to be as delicious and filling as possible. Who says you have to eat meat to have a satisfying meal? Wait, what’s Meatless Monday?
Breakfast: Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
- Cook time: 35 minutes
- Serves 4
This is a flexible recipe with plenty of options to substitute, subtract, or add ingredients. Anyway you choose to go, eggs are a reliable source of protein that you can count on to energize your morning (looking at you, Meatless Monday skeptics).
Lunch: Vegetarian Pitas
I couldn’t decide on one veggie pita to share, so here are a few recipes that made my mouth water:
- Greek Pitas – cook time: 10 minutes
- Moroccan Cauliflower Chickpea Pitas with Tzatziki Sauce – cook time: 35 minutes
- Falafel Pitas – make the falafel yourself or find a healthy version in your grocery store
By sharing many different ways you can spice up a pita, I hope you’re inspired to adopt Meatless Monday however it works for you! You don’t need to go out to the store to buy one specific ingredient to make these recipes work;
a combination of whatever you have in your refrigerator has potential to be your new favorite meal.
Dinner: Red Lentil Bean Chili
- Vegan and gluten free
- Serves 6
- Cook time: 55 minutes
This recipe from the Minimalist Baker (another personal favorite blogger) is absolutely delicious! As a busy college student on a budget, going meatless is a great way to save some
time and money when I’m making food. I came across this chili recipe on a cold Monday afternoon and had to try it. True to its word, this recipe was simple (most ingredients I already had at home!), warming, and healthy. Ready in an hour, I adjusted the chili to be as spicy as I could handle and had plenty of leftovers for the rest of the week. Definitely taste bud approved.
Important take-away: In any of the above recipes, don’t be afraid to add beans or tofu for extra protein, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it. Same with vegetables: leave some out or add extras in…it’s your food!
*Check back next week for recipes on how to make healthier versions of traditional family meals that may not be as healthy as you thought.