Monday, September 15, 2008

Meatless Monday



This is something I've been wanting to do for several months, but finally got my planning and shopping organized to pull it off. Each Monday, we're going to go meatless for our evening meal. No, we're not going vegan. Although, I do believe there are numerous health benefits to having a diet that contains more plant-based foods versus animal-based foods. Another reason, I've been wanting to do this is to see if I see any savings in our weekly grocery bill.

Tonight we had bean and cheese burritos. I made the refried beans from scratch (it really sounds more difficult that it actually is), mexican rice, and a garden salad.

3 comments:

StrawberryParfait said...

We do something similar at our house. We try to have one evening meal with no meat. Or one meal during the day. More so for economical reasons. We buy our meat from Sams Club in bulk for two months....so I try to stretch that out with meatless meals.

Homemade veggie burgers are good too:

1 can of beans (chick peas or black beans work great)
1 egg (to hold it together)
Whatever seasonings you want.
Form into patties and pan fry in veg or canola oil.

Black bean enchiladas are good (put a can of enchilada sauce over the burritos bascially), meatless chili, or what we call poor man's supper (dried beans made in a crockpot served with cornbread). Spinach lasagna does good too.

nikkit3 said...

Thanks SP for all the ideas:-)

Caitlyn said...

It's great to see you are planning to have a meatless Monday every week! Reducing your saturated fat intake by 15% - or by having a meatless day one day a week - can really reduce your risk for preventable diseases like heart disease and diabetes. In addition, you are right in thinking meatless meals will save you money. You'd be amazed how much you can save on your grocery bill and you probably won't miss the meat anyway. I work for the public health campaign, Meatless Monday, and you can find more great meatless recipes and nutritional information at our website www.meatlessmonday.com. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at nutrition@meatlessmonday.com.