This light and fresh Cucumber and Black Bean Salad is the perfect side for all your summer grilling, but also works great as a taco topper, base for a bowl meal, or even a chunky salsa for chip dippin’. The freshness of the cucumber balances the earthy black beans, and the tangy homemade vinaigrette keeps everything light and fresh!
About Meatless Monday Meatless Monday is a global movement with a simple message: one day a week, cut the meat. It can make a big difference in personal health and the health of the planet. Excessive consumption of red and processed meat has been linked with a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer. In comparison, substituting plantbased foods for meat has been shown to reduce these health risks, resulting in a better quality of life and increased longevity. Raising livestock for our current level of human consumption requires an extraordinary amount of resources and takes a devastating toll on our planet. Meatless Monday helps conserve land, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save water, and save energy. Meatless Monday is a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns working in collaboration with the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
On a personal note Meat Free Mondays are a great stepping stone to reaching a point where you can reach vegetarian or vegan goals. It gives you a chance to start experimenting with recipes and new flavors, using ingredients you may have never thought could substitute meat as your main course. The reasons for going meat free are many. Do a little digging up of facts yourself and you’ll see. More and more health care professionals are recommending Mediterranean Diets, and vegetarian nutrition. Becoming 100% meat free has been a desire of mine for many years. But it was confusing where to start. It all seemed overwhelming. This is a great starting point, Meatless Monday Recipes!!