Recently, the Meatless Monday movement has been gaining more and more followers. There are many benefits for families, roughly divided to 2 categories – personal health and environmental health.
Meats are a great source of protein, and many people are concerned that they won’t be getting enough if they miss a day. However, most Americans consume much more protein than their body requires. In fact, the average intake is 8 ounces of meat per day, 45% more than the USDA recommends. Alternative sources include eggs, legumes, beans, nuts, and seeds.
Here’s a list of reasons to try a meatless-day-a-week:
- Better heart health.
- Reduced chances of various types of cancer.
- Consumption of alternatives increase intake of healthy fiber and nutrients from plant-based foods.
- Save the environment – it takes 20 times the energy to produce one calorie of meat protein compared to one calorie of vegetable protein.
- Expose yourself to tasty dishes from parts of the world where meat isn’t a must-eat-3-times-a-day.
- Save money.
An here’s the list of cons:
‘Nuff said. If you’re considering meatless days but don’t have any idea what to prepare for your family, there are plenty of resources both online and offline. One of the best cookbooks is Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, that covers categories and dishes from all over the globe. Online, just google your favorite dish adding the word “vegetarian”, and you’ll quickly learn how to prepare most anything. For example, a meatless version of Ragù sauce in the video above.
Bon apetit and have a great week.