Meatless Mondays Can Be Tasty

As a CrossFitter and avid supporter of eating meat {read: bacon}, it’s hard for me to get on the vegetarian band-wagon. That being said, I also realize the impact raising meat has on the environment and so do a lot of other people. Solution: Meatless Mondays.

Since around the time of WWI, the Food Administration encouraged Americans to consume less daily staples to contribute to the war efforts, meat being included. The population complied and realized they felt not only not terrible by eating less, but actually felt better overall. The trend lasted through WWII but fizzled out soon thereafter when everything once again became readily available.

A revival in 2003 was led by Sid Lerner, in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with the idea to promote healthier living. It has since taken off in popularity with celebrities, politicians, chefs, restaurants and even entire cities participating. Countries including Brazil, Israel, Australia, France and so many more have also adopted the practice. See the entire list here.

I’m all for promoting sustainability and think Meatless Mondays are a great and easy way to do your part. Food & Wine, also promoters of the movement, have come up with 13 mouth-watering hamburger alternatives that will make you want to have meatless-months. Check out the complete slideshow here, but these are my favorites.

The Black Bean Burger
Food & Wine Black Bean Burger

Veggie Burger with Pomegranate Ketchup
Pomegranate Ketchup

Oat Cakes & Spinach with Horseradish Sauce
F & W Oat Cakes

Corn & Shitake Fritters
F & W Corn & Shitake Fritters

Four Cheese-Stuffed Portobellos
F & W Four Cheese Portobellos

Which ones will you try first? Will this be your first Meatless Monday meal? Please share and tell me what was the best! 🙂

*All photos courtesy of Food & Wine.

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Fun with Paleo Cooking!

I am finishing up week 4 of the Nutrition Challenge through 5B Crossfit. It’s been going pretty well for me considering that 2 weeks in I was moving – and that takes up a ridiculous amount of time. I went the third week without making it into the gym at all and I felt like ass. On the other hand, I was gathering Paleo recipes to try out, and I’ve had some really tasty meals.

The first dish I made was an amazing beef and vegetable chili with jalapeños, mushrooms, chiles, beef, tomatoes – and so much more. Top it off with coconut milk that’s hardened in the fridge a bit and you’ve got yourself an amazing dinner. I still have some in the freezer that I’m so excited to eat in the future! Last night’s meal was just as memorable as the chili. Last night, I made Greek Meatballs. The recipe calls for chopped, dried apricots, and chopped Klamata olives. This was the most scrumptious combination of food I’ve ever had! Here are some pictures of my balls.

These are still raw, about the get cooked for 20 minutes.

I had these with a kale and lettuce salad. It was a delicious dinner.

The other night I also made Egg Free/Grain Free Pumpkin Zucchini Muffins. I did forget one of the main ingredients, but my muffins were so tasty that I can’t imagine how much better they’ll be with all the proper ingredients. I will continue to experiment with Paleo cooking because during my last challenge, I didn’t, and I got sick of deli meat in a minute. Doing the Paleo challenge has really broadened my cooking experiences and tastebuds.

Here are some recipes to start experimenting!

Beef & Vege Chili

Egg:Grain Free Muff

Thai Chicken Wraps

I’ll share the Greek Meatballs next time!

*Yummy Greek Meatballs Thanks Sarah at Everyday Paleo! These are a-mazing.