Meatless Mondays is a movement that is spreading across Canada and the world as people become more mindful of the effect their food choices make.
Going meatless just one day a week is both beneficial to your health as well as the environment. Health benefits of reducing your meat intake include lowering your risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
Environmental benefits include decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, which have been responsible for the acceleration of the world’s climate change. Animal agriculture is the cause of 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Abstaining from meat at least once a week will help lessen those emissions.
So, why not try going meatless on Mondays? Here’s a tasty meatless recipe to help get you started.
Recipe from EatingWell.com
Makes 5 servings, about 1¼ cups each
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 cup shredded fontina cheese or ¾ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon, dill or chives or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots and snap peas, or 16-ounce bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 16-ounce package frozen cheese tortellini
Put a large pot of water on to boil.
Meanwhile, whisk broth and flour in a small bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until just beginning to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth mixture to the pan, bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in cheese, tarragon (or dill or chives) and salt.
Add vegetables and tortellini to the boiling water; return the water to a simmer and cook until the vegetables and tortellini are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain; add to the pan with the sauce and stir to coat.
Per serving : 424 Calories; 15 g Fat; 8 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 68 mg Cholesterol; 55 g Carbohydrates; 14 g Protein; 5 g Fiber; 566 mg Sodium; 321 mg Potassium