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Meatless Monday – Invitation to Join In!

As climate change continues to have great negative impacts on asthma and allergies, it is important to find ways to reduce our individual and collective impact. 

Today, a whopping 30% of Earth’s landmass goes to meat, dairy, and egg production,  the United Nations. As the UN also reports, livestock production causes “an even larger contribution” to climate change “than the transportation sector worldwide.” That’s right: Factory farmed animals contribute more to climate change than all the world’s cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships combined. –Source:

This coupled with a recent report that suggests that symptoms, seems like the perfect time to try some plant-based meals. 

(Note: this does not mean that a vegetarian or vegan diet would cure asthma, it just *may* reduce the number of asthma exacerbations in someone who has asthma. I can personally attest that following a vegan diet is not a *cure* for asthma.)

Meatless Monday is an easy way to ease into reducing meat consumption and increasing veggie/fruit consumption. Basically, you choose Monday as your day to refrain from meat and try out new plant-based food options. Some people do other variations like "no meat before dinner" or "only meat on weekends", etc. 

For our first Meatless Monday (sorry I know it's late!), I'm sharing this recipe from our sister site, Kids With Food Allergies:

This recipe is free of the top 8 allergens (contains coconut oil).

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  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    This is a great idea! Our meatless dinners seem be always on Tuesdays…that's Torma family pizza night. I'll look at the recipe db and find other suggestions to try.  Thanks!! 

  • Melissa G

    My dh would be all for it but her would want the eggplant dredged in italian breadcrumbs and fried. 

  • Amber Says Shine

    Love it! We've significantly reduced our consumption of all meats. We're still omnivores, but eat lots of vegetarian meals. I particularly love the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) service we signed up for. We get fruits and veggies from local farms delivered right to our door. And it helps me make sure I'm putting fresh produce in all my meals 🥑🥝🍒🍉

  • K8sMom2002

    What a great idea! I usually try to serve one meatless meal or so a week. While we're not vegan by any stretch of the imagination, I've also really tried to reduce the amount of meat we eat every day. I've found that if a recipe calls for a pound of ground beef, I can easily reduce it by half, and sometimes less.

    I cook a lot of one-pot meals, and I stretch the meat any way that I can. Adding more veggies to the plate is one way, and making meat less of a star of the show is another. 

    And I try to find meals where people (ahem, my DH) won't miss meat because he (ahem) thinks it's in there. Like burrito bowls … if you have enough rice, beans and veggies in there, he never misses that there's not any ground beef! 

    It's better for the climate and better for our health … and much, much, much better for my wallet.

  • Melanie Carver

    Well I didn't make it home in time to cook dinner,  but here is an option for Tuesday:

    Grilled Veggie "Impasta Alfredo"

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Amber Says Shine posted:

    Love it! We've significantly reduced our consumption of all meats. We're still omnivores, but eat lots of vegetarian meals. I particularly love the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) service we signed up for. We get fruits and veggies from local farms delivered right to our door. And it helps me make sure I'm putting fresh produce in all my meals 🥑🥝🍒🍉

    Amber Says Shine, how do you sign up for that service?  That sounds wonderful!! And, it sounds like a great way to support local farmers. 

  • Amber Says Shine
    Brenda Silvia-Torma posted:
    Amber Says Shine posted:

    Love it! We've significantly reduced our consumption of all meats. We're still omnivores, but eat lots of vegetarian meals. I particularly love the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) service we signed up for. We get fruits and veggies from local farms delivered right to our door. And it helps me make sure I'm putting fresh produce in all my meals 🥑🥝🍒🍉

    Amber Says Shine, how do you sign up for that service?  That sounds wonderful!! And, it sounds like a great way to support local farmers. 

    Hi Brenda!  I use a service that's in California, called Farm Fresh to You (farmfreshtoyou.com).  Here's a site where you can search for a CSA near you: 

  • K8sMom2002

    Last night we had a Meatless Monday — it was my Fettuccine Alfredo from scratch recipe (it has milk and parm and butter, so it's not vegan by a long stretch). To up our veggie quotient, I used some big beautiful baby bellas that I sliced up and sauteed before I started adding the cream for the sauce.

    I saw this recipe that looks super tasty — a . Here's a pix …

    Doesn't it look tasty? It does call for mozzarella, but I'm thinking you could leave that out. I think I'm going to try it. I've been noticing that Kroger has prepped zoodles already done … would I be lazy if I used those?

  • Faye

    We had a barbeque chikpea avocado wrap for dinner yesterday and today. It was my first time buying dry chickpeas. They're so much cheaper and taste better than the canned ones!

  • Faye

    @K8sMom2002 I will try this recipe soon. I've been seeing zoodles at my supermarket as well but haven't bought them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Melissa G

    Faye, you can make your own zoodles, it is soo easy! I have this . You can make noodles or ribbons. 

  • Kathy P

    You can also make ribbons with a vegetable peeler. I've also used the julienne blade on my mandolin for zoodles. 

    I've seen them packaged in the produce section of some groceries too – zoodles, sweet potato and even beets.