Meatless Monday: Taking Stock
We interrupt today’s regular recipe program for a wee bit of meat-less reflection (in other words, the recipe I planned to share with you failed miserably during testing).
Rather than mope over my meatless mishap, I’ve decided to turn this unexpected turn of events into an opportunity – to talk about what we’ve done, where we are and what we’d like to accomplish going forward. We’re now in Month 10 of this weekly meat-less recipe feature, which we kicked off last September in response to a speech by UN climate change official Rajendra Pachauri, who said if there was one thing we could to do to help save the planet, it’s taking a break from meat once as week.
As noble and virtuous of an idea this may sound, implementation – and consistency -- are very different things altogether. If we are going to talk the talk, we really needed to walk the walk -- and put these ideas into practice with a weekly recipe.
I’m having a ball sharing my meatless finds with you every week; in fact, here at the Casa, we’re now doing meatless suppers twice (and sometimes three times) a week without batting an eye. We both agree that we feel physically better eating less meat and that our diet is infinitely more interesting these days.
Assuming that you’re recreating the meatless recipes at home, I’m curious if you’ve noticed any changes over the past nine months -- in your own eating habits, overall health and/or energy levels, interest in new ingredients, cuisines or cooking methods? What would you like to see more of as this feature goes forward, and similarly, what could you do without? Are you interested in this idea for health reasons (less saturated fat), environmental reasons (18 percent of all greenhouse gases come from livestock production) or both? Or is there another reason altogether that inspires you to practice meatless one day a week?
And maybe you just don’t buy the idea whatsoever or are new to this idea. Tell me what’s on your mind as it relates to taking a break from meat once a week and if you think it’s relevant to the times in which we live.
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