Meatless Monday

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!!

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Get a head start on Mardi Gras! Go Meatless!


Easy Red Beans & Rice
Vegetarian Gumbo
Creole Vegan Jambalaya
Saffron Baked Beignets
Cajun Stuffed Peppers
King Cake
Cinnamon Apple King Cake
One Pot Cajun Pasta
Cajun Tofu w/Grits & Greens
Spicy Gumbo
Creole Fried Rice
Do you have a recipe for a meatless Mardi Gras Celebration? Share in comments, would love to try!
Improve your carbon and kindness footprint! Go meatless for Mondays!
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One Day A Week

“The McCartney family launches short film β€˜One Day a Week’ highlighting the environmental impact of animal agriculture and encourages people to help by eating less meat, with appearances by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone.

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) next week, Meat Free Monday has released a short film about a huge contributor to climate change that is often left out of conference discussions – animal agriculture.

β€œThere’s a simple but significant way to help protect the planet and all its inhabitants”, says Paul to camera. β€œAnd it starts with just one day a week. One day without eating animal products can have a huge impact in helping maintain that delicate balance that sustains us all.”

With dire consequences for ourselves and future generations, livestock production results in vast amounts of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. It requires increasingly unsustainable levels of precious resources including land, water and energy, and is a major contributor towards global environmental degradation and climate change.

The Meat Free Monday campaign has had an incredible response since its launch in 2009, with many of the world’s leading authorities on climate change endorsing meat reduction as an effective way of fighting global warming.

The campaign’s new film β€˜One Day a Week’, largely funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and produced in collaboration with French film director Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Hope Production, amplifies this message using the breathtaking aerial photography with which Arthus-Bertrand has become synonymous.

Narrated by Paul, and with appearances from Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, the film describes how the beauty of the planet only exists through a delicate balance of climatic conditions – a balance we are dangerously disrupting through our insatiable desire for animal products.

The film uses Paul’s own music – tracks from his 1997 classical music album Standing Stone, as well as an unreleased song called Botswana.

Meat Free Monday’s aim is to raise awareness and inspire people to make a change in their diets from an easily achievable starting point.

Meat Free MondayΒ & the McCartney family’s new film shows why cutting out meatΒ #OneDayAWeekΒ is so important. Whether you’re goingΒ #MeatFreeMondayΒ orΒ #MeatlessMonday, you can make a difference!”





Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

This Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto from, View From Great Island is a powerhouse of flavor, you won’t miss the meat at all!

Source: Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Pesto

From Esther’s Kitchen – Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza

Esther’s Cheezeburger Tortilla Pizza
Cuisine: Esther approved, GF option if using GF tortillas
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Bake Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 -8″ pizzas
Author: Chef Linda
8 (8″) flour tortillas, forked to remove air pockets
Blush Sauce Ingredients
1 (14.5 oz) can organic diced tomatoes
1 Tablespoon ketchup
2 Tablespoons egg-free mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Topping Ingredients
1-(13.7 oz) package gardein-the ultimate beefless ground, defrosted and divided into 1 cup portions for each pizza
1-1/2 cups Daiya mozzarella style shreds
1-1/2 cups Daiya cheddar style shreds
(4) 1/4″ red onion slices, divided
(4) 1/4 cups diced pickles, divided
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced, divided
2 cups chopped lettuce, divided

Preheat the oven to 425F. Spray 4 pizza pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
1. Lay the 8 tortillas on your workspace. Use a fork and pierce random areas onto each tortilla. This will prevent the tortillas from expanding during baking. Lay one tortilla on each pizza pan.
2. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Daiya mozzarella and cheddar style shreds. Spread 1/4 cup Daiya cheese mixture onto each tortilla. Place the other tortillas on top of each cheese covered tortilla. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven.
2. Add the sauce ingredients to a small bowl. Stir until combined. Spread 1/2 cup sauce onto each pizza leaving about 1/4″ of sauce from the tortilla edge. Spread 1/2 cup Daiya cheese onto the sauce.
3. Place the beefless ground, red onion and tomatoes on the cheese layer.
4. Bake the pizzas for 10-12 minutes at 425F.
5. Remove the pizzas from the oven. Place the pickles and lettuce on the pizzas. Slice and serve. Add additional salt and pepper to taste

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π‘¨π’‘π’“π’Šπ’„π’π’• π‘Έπ’–π’†π’”π’‚π’…π’Šπ’π’π’‚π’”


2-3 π’•π’π’Žπ’‚π’•π’π’†π’” (π’…π’†π’‘π’†π’π’…π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒐𝒏 π’”π’Šπ’›π’†)
1 𝒇𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒉 π’‚π’‘π’“π’Šπ’„π’π’•, 𝒅𝒆-𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒏𝒆𝒅
1/2 π’ˆπ’“π’†π’†π’ 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒑𝒆𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒓
1 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒕
1/4 𝒕𝒔𝒑 π’ˆπ’“π’π’–π’π’… π’„π’Šπ’π’π’‚π’Žπ’π’
1/4 𝒕𝒔𝒑 π’”π’Žπ’π’Œπ’†π’… π’‘π’‚π’‘π’“π’Šπ’Œπ’‚
π’‹π’–π’Šπ’„π’† 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒛𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒐𝒇 1/2 𝒂 π’π’Šπ’Žπ’†
3 𝒕𝒃𝒔𝒑 π’ˆπ’“π’‚π’•π’†π’… 𝑹𝒆𝒅 π‘³π’†π’Šπ’„π’†π’”π’•π’†π’“ 𝒐𝒓 π‘ͺ𝒉𝒆𝒅𝒅𝒂𝒓 π‘ͺ𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒔𝒆 (𝒐𝒓 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒇 π’šπ’π’–π’“ π’„π’‰π’π’Šπ’„π’†)
2 π’”π’Žπ’‚π’π’ π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚π’”
𝑷𝒆𝒆𝒍, 𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒗𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’‡π’Šπ’π’†π’π’š π’”π’π’Šπ’„π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒕.

π‘Ήπ’π’–π’ˆπ’‰π’π’š 𝒄𝒉𝒐𝒑 𝒖𝒑 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’π’Žπ’‚π’•π’π’†π’”, 𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒍 𝒑𝒆𝒑𝒑𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’‚π’‘π’“π’Šπ’„π’π’• π’•π’π’ˆπ’†π’•π’‰π’†π’“ 𝒕𝒐 π’Žπ’‚π’Œπ’† 𝒂 𝒔𝒂𝒍𝒔𝒂.

π‘­π’“π’š π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’Šπ’ 𝒂 π’”π’Žπ’‚π’π’ π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’• π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒂 π’π’Šπ’•π’•π’π’† π’π’Šπ’, π’‚π’π’π’π’ˆ π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’π’Šπ’„π’†π’… 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒕, π’„π’Šπ’π’π’‚π’Žπ’π’, π’‘π’‚π’‘π’“π’Šπ’Œπ’‚, π’π’Šπ’Žπ’† 𝒛𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’‹π’–π’Šπ’„π’†. π‘ͺπ’π’π’Œ 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒂 π’Žπ’†π’…π’Šπ’–π’Ž 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂𝒃𝒐𝒖𝒕 5 π’Žπ’Šπ’π’–π’•π’†π’”, π’–π’π’•π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒍𝒐𝒕 π’Šπ’” π’”π’π’Šπ’ˆπ’‰π’•π’π’š 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒍𝒖𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕.

𝑰𝒇 π’šπ’π’–’𝒓𝒆 π’ˆπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒔𝒆 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’• 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 π’“π’†π’Žπ’π’—π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’—π’†π’ˆπ’†π’•π’‚π’ƒπ’π’† π’Žπ’Šπ’™π’•π’–π’“π’† 𝒕𝒐 𝒂 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒆𝒕 π’‚π’”π’Šπ’…π’†, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒏 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’…π’“π’š 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’•. 𝑢𝒓, π’Šπ’‡ π’šπ’π’–’𝒓𝒆 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 π’ˆπ’π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒕𝒐 𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝒂 π’…π’Šπ’‡π’‡π’†π’“π’†π’π’• π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’•, 𝒋𝒖𝒔𝒕 𝒔𝒆𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’—π’†π’ˆ π’Žπ’Šπ’™π’•π’–π’“π’† π’‚π’”π’Šπ’…π’†.

π‘¬π’Šπ’•π’‰π’†π’“ π’˜π’‚π’š, 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒂 𝒄𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒏, π’…π’“π’š π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’• 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒑𝒍𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒏𝒆 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚ π’Šπ’π’•π’ π’Šπ’•. π‘Ίπ’‘π’“π’Šπ’π’Œπ’π’† 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒔𝒆 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒇𝒂𝒄𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒉𝒆𝒂𝒕 𝒐𝒏 π’Žπ’†π’…π’Šπ’–π’Ž-π’π’π’˜ π’–π’π’•π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒆𝒔𝒆 π’Žπ’†π’π’•π’” 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’–π’π’…π’†π’“π’”π’Šπ’…π’† 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚ π’Šπ’” π’ˆπ’π’π’…π’†π’-π’ƒπ’“π’π’˜π’. π‘Έπ’–π’Šπ’„π’Œπ’π’š 𝒔𝒑𝒐𝒐𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’—π’†π’ˆπ’†π’•π’‚π’ƒπ’π’† π’Žπ’Šπ’™π’•π’–π’“π’† 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’„π’‰π’†π’†π’”π’š π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚, 𝒕𝒐𝒑 π’˜π’Šπ’•π’‰ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚ 𝒂𝒏𝒅 π’„π’‚π’“π’†π’‡π’–π’π’π’š π’‡π’π’Šπ’‘ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’˜π’‰π’π’π’† π’•π’‰π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 π’–π’”π’Šπ’π’ˆ 𝒂 𝒔𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒖𝒍𝒂. π‘ͺπ’π’π’Œ π’–π’π’•π’Šπ’ 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’–π’π’…π’†π’“π’”π’Šπ’…π’† 𝒐𝒇 π’•π’‰π’Šπ’” 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒅 π’•π’π’“π’•π’Šπ’π’π’‚ π’Šπ’” π’ˆπ’π’π’…π’†π’ π’ƒπ’“π’π’˜π’.

π‘Ήπ’†π’Žπ’π’—π’† π’‡π’“π’π’Ž 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’”π’Œπ’Šπ’π’π’†π’• 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒄𝒖𝒕 π’Šπ’π’•π’ π’˜π’†π’…π’ˆπ’†π’”.