We have all heard of going veggie or meatless for one day out of the week, but the question is do we really know why; and if so, how can we not compromise our meat-eating- taste buds to be happy with yet another meat imitation product. The answer is quite simple. Don’t compromise! Instead, develop and work your veggie-loving-taste buds once a week. Think of it as a day off for your body to detox from the: growth hormone, corn fed, and 2,500 gallon per steak water guzzling meat industry. That’s right; it takes 2,500 gallons of water for that one pound of steak. In fact, Newsweek painted a pretty alarming picture of how much water actually goes into the cattle industry when they stated, “the water that goes into a 1,000 pound steer would float a destroyer.”
So why go meatless for one day? Well, besides letting Mother Earth take a day off by lowering your carbon footprint, you would also be giving your body the R&R it needs to have a healthier heart. Once a week for a meatless day, let’s say Mondays, can be the difference needed to minimize such illness as heart disease, cancer, and obesity. It’s been shown in numerous studies that a diet high in red meat leads to an increased risk of heart disease and obesity.
If that isn’t enough to convince you of going Meatless Monday, then perhaps trying one of these savory delicious recipes will. After all, you have nothing to lose but weight and toxins, so cheers to exercising your veggie taste buds once a week for your health.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
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Meat Eater’s Meatless Meal #1
Refreshing Cauliflower Ceviché
1 head of Cauliflower | 1 bunch of Fresh chopped Cilantro | 4 on the vine ripe fine chopped Roma tomatoes | 1 Fine diced medium yellow onion | 4 Serrano peppers finely diced | 6 small to medium limes squeezed
1. Wash all the ingredients needed with water and veggie brush if needed under cold running water.
2. Blanch cauliflower for 30 seconds in a bath of boiling salt water.
3. Drain and run cold water over cauliflower for 30 seconds. Then let it cool.
4. Using a course cheese grader to allow produce a chunky white snow.
5. Chop tomatoes, cilantro, peppers and yellow onion and combine altogether with the cauliflower.
6. Squeeze lime juice out of limes and marinate the mixture with lime juice for at least two –three hours.
7. Enjoy with tortilla chips and add Tapatio or hot sauce as desired.
8. Please give credit to where you got this recipe.
This cauliflower Ceviché is sure to make any meat eater question whether it really is fish or not. Perfect for any hot spring or summer day, this recipe will be filling, tastes like fish, and is filled with cancer fighting molecules ubiquitous within the cruciferous family of vegetables. Cauliflower is also known for its high level of vitamin C, Vitamin K, and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals that help ward off not only cancer but cardiovascular disease.
Meat Eater’s Meatless Meal #2
Veggie Greek Tzatziki Burger
1 Morning Star Veggie burger patties | 1 Whole wheat pita bread cut in half |1 Cup Roman lettuce or mixed greens | 3 Cherry tomatoes | 2 Medium Cucumbers | 1 cup of Dill | 2 cups Plain yogurt | ½ of Lemon – Juiced |2 tablespoons of Olive Oil | Salt and pepper to taste
1. Using a food processor combine cucumbers, dill, plain yogurt , lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste and pulse until all ingredients are mixed into creamy Tzatziki sauce.
2. Grill or broil veggie burger for about 5 minutes or until done.
3. Add patty to the inside of the pita bread with mixed greens, sliced cherry tomatoes.
4. Add Tzatziki sauce to veggie burger
The richness of this easy to make Tzatziki sauce, combined with the deliciousness of cherry tomatoes and a veggie patty is sure to fill you for hours and satisfy your tastebuds in ways you’ve only dreamed of.
Meatless Meal #3
Tomato, Basil and Feta Sandwich Delight
4 Cherry Tomatoes halved | 4 Basil leaves | Feta Blocked slices | Thomas Thin Sliced Whole wheat bread
1. Toast bread
2. Place a slice of feta cheese on toasted bread, and add basil and tomato slices on top.
3. Close sandwich and enjoy !
Meatless Meal #4
Kale Paprika Scramble
½ cup Green onions | 1 cup Kale | ½ cup Mushrooms | Eggs | 1 Tomato diced | ½ a teaspoon of butter | ½ tablespoon Paprika | ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1. In a skillet a add butter, wait until sizzling
2. Add green onions, kale, and mushrooms
3. Scrabble eggs and add to skillet
4. Add tomatoes
5. Add Paprika and Cayenne pepper to taste
Meatless Monday or meatless meals doesn’t mean any eggs. Shake things up for breakfast and include veggies with your breakfast to make it a heart healthy, fiber rich food.
According to the Journal of Clinical Nutrition a diet rich in vitamin K and potassium can help ward off cancer. Kale is an amazing source of potassium and vitamin K and thus the perfect detox meatless meal for your healthy day off.
Meatless Meal #5
Avocado Lemon Smoothie
1 Ripped Avocado | 2 -3 Cups Almond Milk | 1 Lemon, Juiced | 1 Tablespoon Honey | 1 Cup Ground flax seeds
1. Add all ingredients to the blender and mix until desired consistency. You may add more lemon, honey or Almond milk as desired to make the smoothie richer, sweeter, or less viscous.
Avocado is known for its healthy hearty fats and this meal replacement smoothie is refreshing while still being satisfying. Adapted from the traditional Moroccan avocado drink native to that land, this replacement meal is sure to help develop your healthy veggie loving taste buds any day of the week.
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