Make It a Meatless Monday

Make It a Meatless Monday

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Make It a Meatless Monday

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Okay, so most of us already know we should reduce the amount of meat in our diet. We read it in the media and probably hear it from our own physicians, not to mention nutritionists, environmentalists and our chatty vegetarian friends or relatives.

But most of us are just not ready to become a full-on veggie ourselves.

Well, what if you simply started to wean yourself off animal protein by designating just one day a week as a day to go meat free? It could be your first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

Why not make it easy to remember and thus more habit-forming by doing it every Monday? You get the picture: Meatless Mondays.

There’s actually an official Meatless Monday initiative that has taken root across the U.S., in association with the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The program’s goal is to “help reduce meat consumption by 15 percent in order to improve personal health and the health of our planet.”

Many restaurants and such well-known chefs as Mario Batali and Wolfgang Puck have signed on to the program, as well as some school districts and universities. Celebrities have endorsed the idea, too, including Lance Armstrong and John Tesh. We’re pretty sure Paul McCartney would say yeah, yeah, yeah! to the concept as well.

Here at The Food Channel we plan to do our part by offering up delicious meatless recipes so tasty you won’t even miss the meat. We’ll feature a new batch each month. Now, you don’t have to serve these dishes on a Monday, of course, but it might be a good way to develop the routine for a healthier you in 2011.

Recipe selections include an Eggplant Parmesan with Homemade Red Sauce that’s so good, your family may not realize its meatless. It has a comforting, “meaty” flavor everyone will love.

Our Ratatouille over Soft Polenta, is a warm and comforting southern European-inspired vegetable entrée that’s full of fresh and healthy winter vegetables. Ideal for a cold winter day.

There are lots of Mexican dishes that can be made without meat. This recipe for Cheese Enchiladas is wonderfully satisfying with lots of bold flavor. A 30-minute meal that comes out bubbling and hot from the oven.

Ever try making a curry dish at home? Our Coconut Vegetable Curry is a traditional Indian dish with a vibrant medley of asparagus, cauliflower and carrots in an aromatic coconut curry sauce.

Our Tomato Parmesan Soup is hearty enough to be a meal in itself—or for bigger appetites serve it with our White Cheddar and Roasted Pepper Grilled Cheese Sandwich to make a classic pairing.

Mmmm-mm. Is it Monday yet?

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