Meatless Mondays

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Hi All,

Been a while… I know… been  …. well just been…  anyhow…  I am back … and today I have decicided to join the ranks of a new movement called Meatless Mondays…

What you say is a Meatless Monday?  Well it all started actually during World Wars I and II when the government encouraged people to ration or eliminate meat at least once a week to save money …So  Oprah ….. author Micheal Pollen …..  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Meatless Mondays a non profit originator of Meatless Mondays have decided to start this movement… 

The idea is quite simple… eliminate meat on Mondays… 

They have a fabulous website (link at end of post) with loads of recipes and a bigger explanation of the whole campaign… which basically is to eliminate at least 15% consumption of meat from the diet to promote healthy living and the health of the planet…..  this they say also helps to start your week out on a better level should you over indulge during the weekend…  

I rather like the idea …. I have noticed that I do better when I eat less meat…have more energy …  in a better mood…. now I have a goal to stick to … which then in turn starts the ball rolling for me to eat healthier because as I feel better I dont seem to want to put so much of the unhealthy foods back on my plate… and there are so many other ways to get protein besides meat… by the way this includes eliminating fish and chicken too… 

Ok ok… …. this does not mean I dont like meat ( so meat lovers do not despair) …  I love a good steak ….  had a filet last night stuffed with a cream cheese and butter mixture and herbs (my recipe) ….  along wih broiled crab leg…. my Valentine treat for myself….. just means I am trying to do what I can to make a healthier lifestyle for myself…..

So here is an old standby recipe… that I truly love….  there are so many possibilities as to what you can add to the mix:

Cut up…equal amounts of eggplant…yukon gold potatoes….tomatoes… zucchini….turnips….onions…..lots of whole garlic cloves …. basically any veggie of your choosing… place in a roasting pan….lightly coat with EVOO and pepper… or whatever seasonings you desire…. throw in some fresh basil and a sprig of rosmary… roast in the oven at 425 degrees 1 hour or until golden brown… top with freshly grated parmesean cheese….delish

Now I have to tell you…  I am so excited too because I actually won a giveaway!  Yes… my friend KJ of …  www.eye-dyllic.blogspot.com   is a pampered chef representative and she had a giveaway a while back….  I rarely play along because I usually never win but I did this time and I got the best prize!   A pizza stone with handles!  How neat is that?  Great way to incoporate veggie pizza to my Meatless Mondays! 

PS ignore that ugly green cabinet…. I rent and am toying with the idea of painting …however my landlord doesnt give me a discount for improvements so its something I may have to live with for now…

By the way…. KJ is having another giveaway for some Valentines tea so jump on the bandwagon and sign up…. 

I also have a few  good ideas for recipes for Meatless Monday….  I will share them with you… from time to time…… I know …. I know….I am not real good at blogging however… there is always a first time….

As promised …   www.meatlessmonday.com  

CIAO!  HUGS TO MY DEAR FRIENDS   JO!!

 

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