Meatless Mondays is something I am quickly becoming passionate about. Going meatless on Mondays is good for your health and good for the environment. I love multitasking! Reducing meat consumption by 15% (equivalent of one day a week) reduces the risk of chronic preventable illness and has a positive impact on the environment. Meat contains higher levels of saturated fat than plant-based foods so removing meat once a week, one can reduce their risk for multiple preventable illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and various cancers. According to the U.N., meat production generates nearly one fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions and causes nearly half of all stream and river pollution. Going meatless one day a week, can improve your health and help make our planet a little bit cleaner. You can’t lose.
My new goal is to post a new Meatless Monday recipe each week, and to commit to going meatless every Monday. This week I made a super easy dish with a bit of Indian flare.
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained
- 1 jar Masala Simmer Sauce (from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 bag frozen peas, steamed
- Cooked basmati rice (I used the brown basmati from Trader Joe’s)
Mix the first four in a bowl and simmer on the stove top till heated through. Serve over the rice.
Not only does this taste great, but it’s full of fiber and protein from the whole grains and beans. This was so easy to make, and it actually gets better if you make it in advance and let all the flavors meld together.