A s we were browsing through our social media as we usually do, we came across Anoushey’s post about how she chose an aloo bun kabab, considering it’s Monday and it has to go meatless! So what does that even mean? We dug in a little more and have found out that this is actually a new trend which some of our celebs are coming on board with.
It is when you are choosing to be eco-conscious over convenience a top priority this year! If a plant-based diet has appealed to you but you are not quite sure where/how to start, meatless Mondays is a great way to begin finding meals and plant-based options that you enjoy, while also showing a little love to our planet. While going vegan/vegetarian is not for everyone, a small reduction in meat consumption one day a week can prove to be extremely beneficial for the planet and your health.
Yes, so this isn’t something you will do for your planet, it is something you come onboard with on the basis of how it is going to help cleanse your diet too!
So how does it even work?
Meatless Monday serves as a movement that encourages people to reduce their meat consumption for their personal health and the health of our planet. The meat industry uses vast amounts of our finite fossil fuels and water and lots of grain to feed livestock, which is extremely inefficient. Why not use those resources to feed people more directly? Meat production also is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, which has proven to correlate to the climate change crisis. So yeah, as you can see every little thing counts and matters.
It is all about the kind of role you will play to make your contribution to making things work. Researchers are also suggesting how swapping even simply a half-serving of meat every day with a plant protein can significantly decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes! That’s how good it gets for you! And as it turns out Meatless Mondays can be really tempting too to the taste buds. Considering the wide variety of delectable choices you have to nibble on.
How about trying eggplant parmesan? Who needs meat when you can have this cheesy vegetarian casserole? Fried breaded eggplant rounds are layered lasagna-style with tomato sauce and two kinds of cheese, then baked until the whole thing is hot and bubbling. The recipe freezes well for a make-ahead meal. You can also enjoy a veggie pizza. When you’re craving something new for dinner, try a homemade flatbread with Middle Eastern inspiration. Naan or pita bread forms the base for the tasty dish, which is topped with crumbled feta cheese, hummus, spinach, tomatoes, and za’atar seasoning. Considering how there are so many flavors and spices you can try within Pakistan, it is time to give your dish a little twist and make it so special!
And if you want to go for something Italian without the meat, then how about a Mushroom Bolognese? This dish—while a capable substitute for classic Bolognese—is not just for vegetarians. In fact, it’s an excellent stand-in for anyone interested in eating a little less meat without sacrificing flavor. Roasting brings out the true brown flavors of these fungi. Will you miss the meat? Not even a little.
Lastly, we can also suggest you to give it a rather Mexican zest by adding some tacos into the mix. Make vegetarian tacos using mushrooms and bell peppers for plenty of healthy and nutritious flavor. You could also make this vegetarian fajitas recipe vegan by omitting the sour cream or by using a vegan non-dairy sour cream substitute. This works really well and gives your dishes such a savory and delightful edge!