During World War I, United States President Woodrow Wilson, with the guidance of Herbert Hoover, asked Americans to eat less meat to help the war effort. President Wilson proclaimed every Tuesday ‘meatless’ and to eat one meatless meal every day. In 2003, the Center for a Livable Future, a division of the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reinstated the campaign, proclaiming Meatless Monday. Now popular worldwide, Meatless Monday has been recognized by celebrities such as Sir Paul McCartney.
Why Go Meatless?
In the words of MeatlessMonday.com “because going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. And going meatless once a week can also help reduce our carbon footprint and save precious resources like fossil fuels and fresh water.” Go meatless for your health, your wallet, and for the environment.
Celebrate Meat Free Mondays with these 15 vegetarian recipes that even meat-eaters will love!
1. Black Bean Burgers
Swap this burger for an old-fashioned hamburger. This recipe is really good. Created by Mary McCartney, you will love the fresh herbs and wholesome goodness of this recipe. Black Bean Burgers.
2. Chickpea-Quinoa Burgers
Another burger recipe, this one uses the heartiness of chickpeas and wholesome quinoa. Add pumpkin and sesame seeds for texture. Find the recipe here.
3. Bell Pepper Egg Rings
This is a clever idea to eat your veggies. Your meat-lover won’t miss the bacon or sausage! Slice orange, red, green, and yellow bell peppers into rings. Place in the skillet and add an egg to the middle of each slice! Find out the complete details at meatlessmonday.com.
4. Tacos with Guacamole
5. Zucchini Casserole
With zucchini ripe in the garden and readily available at your Farmers Market, this casserole will be a big hit at your table. A quick and easy meatless casserole; zucchini, cornbread muffin mix, onion, and cheddar cheese.
6. Asparagus Wild Rice Frittata
Frittatas are so much fun to make! They are versatile, letting you substitute your own favorite veggies. This yummy recipe is from Meatless Monday. Goat cheese, fresh eggs, herbs, spices, and out-of-the-garden asparagus make it a healthy meal.
7. Grits Casserole
You don’t have to be from down south to enjoy grits! Food & Wine presents this yummy recipe that will that is packed with flavor as well as all-day energy. The flavor and texture of old-fashioned grits is complete comfort food. You won’t miss the meat.
8. Veggie Lover’s Baked Ziti
A lovely pasta recipe that uses yellow summer squash vs. meat for texture. Packed with nutrients and vitamins to power your day, this recipe is from the Hunts kitchen. Substitute kale for spinach (if you like), and pepper jack cheese for mozzarella for an extra zing.
9. Meatless Meatballs
Spaghetti squash replaces the meat for this decadent meal! Fresh herbs, spices, and fresh tomatoes create a healthy substitute for Spaghetti and Meatballs!
10. Crunchy Baked Fennel
You won’t miss the meat in this meatless casserole. A simple meal that incorporates roasted slices of fennel covered with herbed bread crumbs. You can make this ahead, freeze, and bake when you are ready for a hearty dish.
11. Veggie Mini Pizzas
Who doesn’t like pizza? Your meat-eater will love this recipe! Great for parties and family gatherings, these mini pizzas from Hunts include flatbread, tomatoes, and zucchini. Add your own favorite vegetables and cheeses to make it your own!
12. Meat Free Chicken A La King
13. Vegetable Pot Pies With Sweet Potato Biscuits
A truly hungry-man meal, this recipe is full of parsnips, celery root, Brussel sprouts, onions, cauliflower and more. The sweet potato biscuits (or your favorite biscuit mix) create a delectable pot pie for a heart-healthy meal. This recipe is from delish.com.
14. Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili
A true comfort food, chili is a meat-eater's favorite. But, skip the meat; make a healthier version with beans, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Try this Insanely Easy Vegetarian Chili at your dinner table tonight!
15. Honey Vanilla Poached Pears
Satisfy your meat-eater with a healthy dessert. This is a delicious recipe with D’Anjou pears, fresh honey, and organic vanilla. Yum. Find the recipe here.
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“Having one designated meat-free day a week is a meaningful change that anyone can make… Above all, remember that the future begins with the actions we take now.” Sir Paul McCartney