Did you know that going meatless just one day a week has the same environmental impact as not driving your car for 320 miles? Making that small change can have a big impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the long run.
Meatless Mondays is an easy way to reduce yours and your family’s carbon footprint. It’s also a great way to use your favorite veggies in creative ways, try out new plant- based recipes, and find inspiration from your own garden!
New to Meatless Mondays? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Find a day to prepare meals or ingredients for the week for faster food assembly. If it seems overwhelming to prep a full week’s worth of meals, try starting small! Making some hard-boiled eggs for your breakfasts or a big pot of soup for your lunches is a great way to ease into meal prepping.
Research dishes from other countries and cultures and try out some new flavors. There are many fun and delicious recipes that require no meat and allow for alternative proteins like seitan, tofu, or even cheese! Involve your keiki in cooking by letting them pick out a new recipe to try each week.
Consider growing your own produce to use in your meatless recipes. Not only will you save at the grocery store, but you’ll help the environment and always have fresh veggies and herbs on hand!
Salad doesn’t have to be boring! Dress yours up with your favorite fruits, nuts, homemade dressings, and more!
For other days of the week, consider fish as your protein of choice. It can be a healthier alternative for you, your family, and the environment, and it’s delicious! Look for sustainably sourced fish at your local markets and grocery stores.