Well, the season of summer, while not officially over, is certainly coming to a close as we celebrate Labor Day and send all the kids back to school. There are a few great things that come with the new season and a new school year, like new habits and new routines that keep life running smoothly. Much like starting a brand-new calendar year, we get the chance to start fresh.
May I make one suggestion? Why not try going Meatless on Mondays this month? You don’t have to commit to a whole year, but what could one month hurt? Not counting today, there are only 4 Mondays in September, which means you only have to give up meat 4 days in the entire month? Doesn’t that seem doable? What if I told you we have over 120 meals and over 380 individual recipes that are meat-free? You could easily find something on Cooking Planit that would keep you well fed on those days, don’t you think? Who knows, you might even discover that living meat-free on Mondays would save a few bucks and make you feel more healthy. Won’t know if you don’t try it!
Wondering why you would ever bother giving up meat? Read all kinds of great reasons here. Then, once you’ve read that and feel inspired to try it out yourself, check out these three easy tips for sticking to a Meatless Monday lifestyle.
The ABC’s of Going Meatless
A – Action – Luckily, Mondays come every 7 days, so don’t let them catch you by surprise. Take an active role in living meatless by planning your Monday menu well in advance and giving yourself plenty of time to hit the grocery store. That way, come Monday, you are prepared and ready to go.
B – Backup – For the first few meals you might know exactly what to make, but as time goes by you may start to lack inspiration. Have no fear because that’s where Cooking Planit comes in. We have over 30 meals that are meat-free and can be ready in less than 45 minutes, so with us in your corner you’ll find inspiration all month long.
C – Community – Find people to share your challenge with. Whether it be your immediate family members, a friend, or someone else who already practices some form of meat-free living, having someone to help you stay focused and motivated will keep the challenge fun and engaging. We love to stay in community too, so follow along and share your experiences with us over on Facebook, Instagram or just by commenting on our blog.
So, consider yourself officially challenged to give up meat on Mondays. Don’t worry, I won’t leave you uninspired. Try this meal, for starters – Garden Fresh Soup and Salad. Tomato soup is the perfect segue from summer produce to chillier temperatures, and a kale salad is so hearty and filling, you won’t go hungry. Make a big batch and call on it for lunch later in the week, as well.
Honestly, giving up meat one day a week is not even really that big of a deal. You can eat anything else! You can over-eat on donuts, macaroni and cheese, or french fries for all anyone cares, as long as you don’t eat meat. (Of course that’s sort of missing the point, but if it helps you adjust in the short term, so be it). It’s not a diet, it’s just a way of recalibrating our eating mindset. Shifting from the notion that meat must be the main ingredient in every meal to the realization that we really don’t need that much meat in our daily diets. It’s better for our hearts, our wallets and our world!