Think Meatless Monday is just another passing fad? Think again. The idea of Meatless Monday, in which participants forgo meat one day every week to benefit their health, was coined in 2003 as part of the Healthy Monday initiative in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future. While chunky highlights and Livestrong bracelets have since fallen by the wayside, Meatless Monday lives on in kitchens everywhere.
It’s easy to see why. Some health organizations, including the World Cancer Research Fund, recommend limiting or reducing meat intake. Meatless Monday meals can also be less expensive than other meals as the price of meat continues to rise. Also, many families find that going meatless just one day a week helps them try new recipes and discover new foods to love!
Whether you’re a Meatless Monday veteran or just curious, here are a few easy, healthy, and meatless recipes that even the most carnivorous among us can enjoy:
Honey-Lime Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos
Honey, lime and tacos, oh my! Just reading the name of this dinner will get your mouth watering. Perhaps the best part of this recipe is that you can easily customize it to fit your unique tastes. Like pinto beans better than black beans? Switch them. Going for a completely vegan meal? Skip the cheese. Check out the recipe here and get inspired.
This yummy recipe can be customized based on what veggies are left over from the end of the week. All you need is eggs, veggies, cheese, and a good skillet. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never made a frittata before. This recipe will walk you through the simple steps and give you some ideas of what veggies you can use.
So, you’ve got breakfast and dinner covered, but what about lunch? Meatless Monday doesn’t have to be complicated. You can brown bag it with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – sub peanut butter for sunflower butter if necessary. Add some carrots, hummus, and a fruit cup for a filling, healthy meal.
If you’re cooking lunch at home, you can always opt for a grilled cheese. Add a few slices of avocado, onion, or peppers if you feel like getting creative. The point is to not get overwhelmed and just have fun with it.
Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry
Ready to get out of your comfort zone and try some new foods on Meatless Monday? Curried lentils are a great place to start. Check out this recipe. Bonus: it makes a lot, so you may have leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch!
Sometimes Mondays require comfort food. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on Meatless Monday that week. Check out this comforting, protein-packed chili and make Mondays better.