By cutting out meat once per week, we can improve our health and reduce our carbon footprint.
What is ‘carbon footprint’ ? Simple really. It’s the greenhouse gas emissions given off by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the foods we eat.
Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint. Fruit, veggies, beans and nuts have a much lower carbon footprint.
The carbon footprint of a vegetarian/vegan diet is about half of a meat eater’s diet.
“It’s good for the animals too! Most animals are raised in factory farms where they live in horrific conditions. The factory workers also suffer from poor wages and dangerous working practices. Factory farms are heavy polluters of the air and ground. The meat they produce is also polluted with superbugs. Over 3.5 million people get sick from eating ‘dirty’ meat every year in the US.” eeeek.
Oh….and really beneficial for humans too. Vegetarians/vegans live longer, are slimmer and have a lower risk of getting cancer, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Choosing local, fresh and organic produce is best. Crops are usually grown in fertile soil full of nutrients and without pesticides.
Here are some simple recipes ideas to start making the switch:
– Quinoa pasta bows or spaghetti (follow cooking directions)
– Pesto sauce (Trader Joe’s vegan) or any store bought sauce located near spaghetti or in dairy section. (add to cooked, drained pasta to your preferred taste)
– Pizza dough from your deli or dairy section or packaged already made crust (Boboli)
– Pesto or Marinara sauce as the base
– Build with as many veggies as you wish; our faves are tomatoes, olives, red onions, red and yellow peppers, and arugula. Top with cheese of your choice. We do half mozzarella and half non dairy.
– Bake and drizzle with evoo right before chowing down.
🌿Fajita Veggie Bowl
Packed with protein, fill your bowl with the following goodness.
– Lentils, black beans or pinto beans, rinse and drained.
– Diced tomatoes.
– Peppers and mushrooms; fresh or saute to your liking.
– Quinoa cooked as instructed OR there are pre cooked options (easy).
– Romaine or spinach.
– Top with a little fresh lime juice, evoo, salt and pepper.
If you like these easy recipes, let me know and I’ll do a small blog every Meatless Monday with NEW ones!
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