Many chefs, celebrities (and celebrity-chefs), school districts and corporations have pledged to follow the Meatless Monday meal plan, but who gets the credit for spreading the word about the campaign? A true grassroots campaign, the word on the street about Meatless Monday has spread via bloggers, students, heathcare professionals and yes, the celebrity-factor doesn't hurt the movement (Oprah, anyone?).
In the past week, Aspen, Colorado became the first community to back the Meatless Monday program. Again, it was a grassroots effort that started from a local reading group.
Eager to spread the word about taking small steps to healthier eating, one member of the reading group encouraged the local hospital and college to commit to serve healthy, meat-free meals -- and soon restaurants, organizations and school districts followed the lead.
Don't let the idea of making and serving a day's worth of meat-free meals stress you out. Think of it as a new adventure!
Cut the meat from your meals to learn new ways and things to cook. Add herbs and spices to your dishes. Incorporate new recipes into your repertoire. Discover the versatility of vegetables and grains.
Follow these recipes for stress-free, meat-free and healthier meal planning. You're in good company!