Sunday, May 9, 2010

Are you ready for Meatless Monday

Have you heard of Meatless Monday? It's a movement for people to eat less meat by designating Mondays as a meat-free day. The idea is that it will help people make healthier and more eco-friendly food choices by making it easy: don't worry about going vegetarian, just don't eat meat on Mondays.

I love this idea because it simplifies things. You don't have to count anything, measure percentages, figure out how much you're eating of this or that. Just cook vegetarian on Mondays. Easy.

Here are some of my favourite meatless recipes to help you get started:

Vegetarian Cassoulet
This is a Smitten Kitchen pick. Cassoulet is a French casserole that's traditionally very meat-heavy. This veggie version is super delish and on Tuesday, you can throw in some bacon or sausage if you like.

Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad
Another one from Smitten Kitchen, I love this because it's easy to pack for lunch. Make it as a Sunday-night side dish and then have it for your Meatless Monday lunch alongside a big green salad.

Quick Black Bean Soup
This one is super easy and makes a yummy soup. Try it - you won't miss the meat!

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