3.15.2010

Meatless Mondays-Info and Recipe!




I first heard about Meatless Mondays from my email Inbox. A few weeks ago I received the Goop newsletter in my Inbox, and was pleasantly surprised at the topic. Goop is a newsletter that is put out by Gwenyth Paltrow weekly and it discusses topics of food/eating, spirituality, travel, etc. It is pretty interesting, so check out www.goop.com if you'd like to subscribe. The first sentence below was pulled directly from the Goop newsletter.

In 2006, the United Nations issued a report which stated that the livestock industry as a whole was responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the whole of the transport sector put together. Can you believe this? Most of us socially conscious, eco-friendly people have heard this fact many times, but what about everyone else? Does your neighbor know this? What about your best friends mom or the server at your favorite restaurant? This fact is worth sharing with someone new every day, because it is just staggering. The meat you ingest in your body is WORSE for the environment than that Hummer you see driving around. CRAZY.

For vegans or vegetarians, this "Meatless Monday" idea doesn't mean anything extraordinary to us personally, because we eat meatless every day! But this is a great way to share a part of your lifestyle with those around you. Instead of feeling like you have to tell people all about being vegetarian, why you do it, why they should do it, etc. This is an easy, tangible way to say "hey, why don't you try this for the environment?". And you can slip it in that the animals will thank them. Who knows, this idea of "Meatless Mondays" might even get some otherwise carnivores to consider the vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? Food for thought! Please visit the Meat Free Mondays website (www.meatlessmondays.org) to get more information about this movement and to find out what you can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (hint: is has something to do with not eating meat!)

Also, just a quick “recipe” that I’d like to share. And it really isn’t a recipe, it’s just a simplified version of a very common and much loved salad called, Caprese. According to Wikipedia, Insalata Caprese is as follows:

Insalata Caprese (salad in the style of Capri) is a simple salad from the Italian region of Campania, made of sliced fresh buffalo mozzarella, plum tomatoes and basil. It is seasoned with salt, black pepper, and olive oil. [1] This dish is also known as a Tricolore salad due to its three colors, which mimic the Italian flag.

I like to make mine without the mozzarella and with some balsamic as well. Also, if you have a nice kosher or rock-type salt, it can really kick it up a notch. The picture above is my dinner tonight: a mushroom/asparagus risotto drizzled with truffle oil (recipe courtesy of Colleen Patrick-Goodreau) and my vegan version of the Insalata Caprese. Simple, light, and fresh.

-Foodie Vegan

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