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Published on April 20th, 2009 | by Marygrace Stergakos


Meatless Monday: An Old-Fashioned Idea, and Tahini for Breakfast!

It’s that time of the week again: Meatless Monday!  While the initiative has recently become popular once again, Meatless Monday is actually a pretty old-fashioned idea!  It was first encouraged by the USDA during World War I in an effort to conserve food for US troops fighting overseas, along with Wheatless Wednesday.  The campaign was brought back for the same reasons during World War II, along with sugar and gasoline rations.

We might not be in war-time conservation mode right now, but the country’s current climate bears many similarities: Everyone is looking for ways to conserve and cut back.  We’re also eager to contribute towards ways to win a different kind of battle, that is, the one against global warming.  Many people are even growing their own Victory Gardens!

Motivated to go meatless (at least for today)?  Here are some yummy ideas:

  • Breakfast: Toast a whole grain English muffin, then slather with tahini.  Top with chopped dates, and add a drizzle of honey for a Middle Eastern-inspired meal.  If you need a little more to keep you going until lunchtime, add some of your favorite chopped, fresh fruit.
  • Lunch: Enjoy spring-themed rice bowl.  Combine peas, steamed asparagus, and fresh favas if you’ve got them with some quinoa or brown rice.  Throw in a handful of toasted walnuts, and your favorite dressing (I like a lemon vinaigrette), and toss to coat.
  • Dinner: Tostadas are the open-faced sandwich of Mexican cuisine.  Bake corn or flour tortillas until crispy, then add a layer of rice and refried beans.  Top with the works: Guacamole, shredded lettuce, salsa or pico de gallo, and some cheese, if you like.

What are your no-fail Meatless Monday ideas?

Related posts:

Meatless Monday: Berry Compote, Tofu Pesto Sandwiches, and Pasta with Chickpeas

10 Animal-Free Meal Ideas From Your Pantry

Garden With a Purpose: Five Mission Ideas For Your Victory Garden

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About the Author

I'm a 22 year old vegan from New Jersey with strong interests in local sustainability, community, slow food, and all that good stuff. Just getting out of college, I'm trying to find as many ways as I can to incorporate sustainable eating into my own lifestyle.

One Response to Meatless Monday: An Old-Fashioned Idea, and Tahini for Breakfast!

  1. Chris Elam says:

    Hello Marygrace, this is Chris Elam, editor of Meatless Monday. Just wanted to thank you so much for referencing our site and helping to get out this important message. If you haven’t yet seen our brand new video – Inspiring a Movement – you and your readers might enjoy it:

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