The Meatless Monday movement
Jeanne Millsap Correspondent February 5, 2013 1:14PM
Dr. Lianne Holloway. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Recipes can be found at www.meatlessmonday.com
Curried egg salad sandwiches
Black bean salad
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Caesar salad with a yogurt smoothie
Bruschetta and soup
Grilled cheese sandwich
Chick pea-stuffed grape leaves
Creamy pesto pasta salad
Spinach, mushroom and cheese quiche
Artichoke navy bean chili
Chili relleno bake
Lime wild rice lentils
Meatless Monday sides
Sweet carrot apple salad
Baked zucchini fries
Strawberry spinach salad
Recipe for a Meatless Monday meal
Curried Egg Salad
5 eggs, hard-boiled, cooled and peeled
2½ tablespoons nonfat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon brown mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 dashes hot sauce
¼ teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
6 pieces whole wheat bread, toasted
1 celery stalk, diced
10 leaves baby spinach
Finely chop the hard-boiled eggs. In a medium bowl combine the eggs, mayonnaise and mustard. Season the egg mixture with curry powder, hot sauce, paprika and salt and pepper. Stir with a fork until mixed.
To assemble the sandwiches, place one third of the egg salad on one piece of toasted whole wheat bread. Top with some diced celery and baby spinach. Close the sandwich with another piece of toasted bread. Repeat process to complete the other two sandwiches and enjoy.
Updated: March 7, 2013 6:11AM
The movement to go meatless on Mondays is one that is quickly becoming the norm for many families. Whether it’s to cut back on fat and calories, to be a part of animal welfare, to help fight global climate change or just to save a few bucks on the grocery bill, Meatless Mondays have definitely caught on.
Family physician Dr. Lianne Holloway, whose office is in Seneca, began going meatless on Mondays about two years ago for several reasons.
“I did it primarily for my health,” she said, “but also for humane reasons and to reduce the burden on the planet ... I found I really enjoyed it. Almost right away, I felt a lot better, and I’ve lost about 30 pounds over the last couple of years.”
In fact, Holloway now only eats meat two or three times a week. It’s a better way to live, she said.
The official Meatless Monday movement began in the last decade at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health as a grass-roots movement, but the idea originated long ago. Presidents Wilson, Truman and Roosevelt had voluntary meatless days during both world wars.
By cutting out meat once a week, according to the website www.meatlessmonday.com, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change.
“Meat is good for us only in limited amounts,” Holloway explained. “We do eat more than what we need, and we tend to choose low-quality, fattier cuts.”
Fatty meats, including chicken with the skin on, are dangerous to our hearts and cardiovascular systems, Holloway said. The “bad” cholesterol comes from eating meats, and that increases plaque formation in our arteries, which leads to heart disease.
Meat also plays a role in cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, and possibly lung, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic and endometrial cancers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases.
“When you ingest another living creature,” Holloway said, “you are ingesting not only meat, but also hormones and other chemicals that are in that animal. … You’ll feel better overall when you fill up on whole grains, fruits and vegetables instead.”
Holloway said she believes going meatless one or more days a week is a great way to eat in a more healthful way.