If you’re thinking about trying Meatless Monday, remember the old adage KISS: Keep it Simple, Shirley! Don’t worry about buying stacks of new cookbooks or fancy kitchen equipment. Think of:
Familiar: Make a few minor substitutions when eating favorite foods. For example, replace chicken fingers with chicken-free strips from Gardein.
Filling: If you eat a lot of meat, cheese and potatoes now, and you switch overnight to veggies and salad, you may end up feeling hungry and unsatisfied. Vegetarian meats are fast, familiar and will leave you feeling full and happy. For a filling lunch, try a “turkey” sandwich with Tofurky slices!
Fun: Life is too short to be grumpy about your lunch. Just like we’re all more likely to stick with our exercise routine if we’re having fun with it, we are also more likely to make successful food changes if they’re enjoyable. So invite a friend or two to try Meatless Monday with you. You can share recipes or even have a Monday night meat-free potluck.
Fast: If you don’t have time to cook, or it’s not your favorite thing to do … cheat! Try a vegetarian chili from Hormel, Candle Cafe’s Macaroni and Cheese, Amy’s Southwestern Burritos, Lean Cuisine’s Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccine with Gardein Chicken. And for lunches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches take no time!