Meatless Monday recipes are all about eating less meat. For meat eaters, it can be hard to come up with ideas (beyond tofu). We’re sharing some delicious vegetarian recipes to get the juices flowing.
We’ve organized the recipes into 3 categories:
- Quick Easy Vegetarian Recipes (30 minutes or less)
- Other Meatless Monday Recipes (35 -55 minutes)
- Meal-in-a-bowl Vegetarian Soup Recipes
I, for one, am working on eating less meat. The other kook, Jenna, of course eats meatless every day as a vegetarian since 8 years old (much to my angst back in the day).
Eating meat is no longer ‘all or nothing’
If you are interested in eating less meat, then you may be surprised you are part of a movement called Reducetarianism. Apparently, 30 – 50% of people are interested in cutting down on meat.
- Reducetarians purposefully and gradually reduce their consumption of of meat. One clever suggestion, I thought, was to treat meat as a side dish. Here is the Reducetarianism beginner’s guide to eating less meat.
- Flexitarians eat mostly plant-based meals and the occasional meat, fish and poultry. They are sometimes called semi-vegetarians.
- Pescatarians eat a vegetarian diet plus fish (no poultry or meat).
Why eat less meat?
Benefits to the Environment
“If the average American cut just a quarter pound of beef a week from their diet, about one hamburger, it would be the equivalent of taking 10 million cars off the road for a year.” -Sujatha Bergen, Natural Resoureces Defence Council Health Campaigns Director (in Huffington Post article)
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says meat and dairy are big contributors to climate change, with livestock production accounting for about 14.5 % of the greenhouse gases that humans emit worldwide each year.
Brian Kateman, author and founder of the Reducetarian Movement, believes that cutting back on meat is more effective than cutting out meat completely. He says that even a 10% reduction can have big effects on personal health, the lives of 70 billion farm animals and global warming.
Benefits to Your Health
The Mayo Clinic agrees with cutting back on meat rather than cutting it out cold turkey. It suggests trying 1-2 meatless meals a week to start. And when you do eat meat, cut back on portions to about 3 ounces (the size of a deck of cards). The Clinic and most public health researchers believe that reducing meat, particularly red meat, has an impact on lowering the risk of heart disease and chronic conditions like stroke or diabetes.
Quick Easy Vegetarian Recipes (30 minutes or less)
Other Meatless Monday Recipes (35-55 minutes)
Meal-in-a-bowl Vegetarian Soup Recipes