Did you know that growing feed crops for livestock consumes over 56% of ALL water used in the U.S.? Want to help conserve water to help save our planet? Try going meatless on Mondays! The idea of going meatless one day per week can seem intimidating for people who are so used to throwing some animal protein into their meals to feel satisfied. But going meatless just on Mondays can have a great impact on one’s health and on the environment. Also, once you try it, you’ll see how easy it can be to eat meatless meals many days of the week – not just Mondays! Sister chefs Heather Bell and Jenny Engel, founders of Spork Foods have come up with a Meatless Monday Menu to help kickstart your week and healthy habits.
See below for their easy quick and satisfying recipes to get you through your first Meatless Monday.
By Spork Foods
Lunch: Lunch is a great time to incorporate nuts into your meal, to satisfy you until dinner. Pistachios are some of our favorite nuts to eat because studies show they reduce heart disease risk and lower blood pressure. They’re also lower in calories than many other nuts. One way we love consuming pistachios is in a Pistachio Chewy Bite. These snacks are the most delicious way to stave off hunger and the flavor combination of pistachios and cranberries is unique and satisfying.
Check out our recipe for Pistachio Chewy Bite Salad!
Dinner: Now may be the time of day that abstaining from meat is the hardest because dinner is supposed to be a hearty and satisfying experience. There are an incredible amount of meat-free dinner ideas that you may not even realize you’re already incorporating into your diet like a bean and rice burrito, many dishes at a Thai, Ethiopian or Indian restaurant and more. The reason you don’t miss the meat with these choices is because when you incorporate beans, grains and veggies into your meal, you feel full and satisfied. There’s also a ton of fiber in these types of dishes, and fiber keeps your digestive system functioning so that’s always a bonus!
Try our recipe for Peanut Ginger Jackfruit Noodles for a super flavorful, satisfying dinner. There’s even protein in the sauce, so you can think of looking at every ingredient as a potential source of nutrients when going meatless!
About Spork Foods
L.A.-based sisters and celebrity chefs, Heather Goldberg and Jenny Engel of Spork Foods are vegan chefs that own a Los Angeles-based gourmet cooking school. The culinary duo are also cookbook authors and work with some of Hollywood’s elite including Emily and Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Alicia Silverstone.
About Pistachio Chewy Bites
With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop.
Available in major grocery store chains across the country such as: Bristol Farms, Fairway, Shoprite, A&P, Roundy’s, HEB, Safeway, Ingles, Gelson’s, King Kullen, Earth Fare, Price Chopper, Wegmans, Save Mart, Lucky, Hy-Vee, Shop n’ Save, etc. They are also available online at Amazon.com and Puritan.com.
Pricing: 2-Pack $1.99 6-Pack $5.99 and 16-Pack $12.50