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Meatless Monday
3 years ago

What it is

Eat your veggies to fight global warming!

Meatless Monday Canada is a joint initiative between several groups interested in helping Canadians make one day a week meat-free.

The first Meatless Monday happened during World War I, when Americans were encouraged to give up some of their staples foods to aid the war effort. During World War II, it became a way to help supply food for war-torn Europe. Decades later the purpose has changed but the method is much the same – get creative, get meatless one day a week.

Today, the movement is spreading across the globe and across Canada as people become more aware of the environmental impact their food choices make.


It’s not about going vegetarian. (Though that is a great choice.)

It’s about healthy, sustainable eating. It’s about reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s about doing what we can to slow down global warming. And it starts with you.


But why is this initiative so important?

Animal agriculture is responsible for a whopping 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. That’s more than all forms of transportation combined – on the entire planet!

The emissions come from methane in animal manure, nitrous oxide from fertilizer used to grow animal feed, and the cutting down of forests for grazing land.


Are there health benefits from going meatless?

Reducing your meat intake can lessen your own risk for developing chronic conditions like obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer.

The Meatless Monday Canada Team

Watch the video of our launch at the Taste of Health conference in Vancouver, as reported by our US partner


Associated with Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health, the US initiative promotes the health benefits of reducing meat consumption also.

Other Meatless and Meat-free Monday events are happening worldwide. Become part of a global movement.

If you’re interested in helping, please contact us


This post was modified from its original form on 26 Nov, 11:43
3 years ago

Eliminating meat from your diet just once a week pays off environmentally.

Why Meatless Monday matters:

3 years ago

Meatless Monday always trends on Twitter and I never knew the reason behind it. Thanks for the share!

3 years ago

Yes a very good reason and so easy for anyone to do.

meatless monday
3 years ago

I think meatless monday is a great idea!  It's not fanatically saying that meat is evil so you must not tough it but it is giving a gentle experience.  For the health of the planet we MUST consume less meat but to try to push stopping on all the different cultures of the world is next to impossible.

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3 years ago

It is definitely a good first step

Meatless Monday with posted Carrot Casserole
3 years ago

I for some reason the current topic was Carrots. Oh well. I posted 2 recipes, one a vegan meal, the other a side dish on the Carrot topic discussion. They are both delicious. I go meatless several times per week and the main dish carrot casserole is one of my Go To meals.  One might also substitute another whole grain instead of the Brown Rice I usually use.


It really is good.  The side dish one, I double the cheese to make it more of  a meal.  Also very delicious.

Almost all Cook Books today have a vegetarian section right along with the meat and cheese dishes
3 years ago

 I started going more meatless because all my cookbooks I mean all of them. old and new have a vegetarian section in them and they are nutritionally sound. These aren't vegan though.  Personally I do not believe a vegan lifestyle can be maintained, or at least not without a great deal of effort and being very careful about your choices and being very nutritionally educated so one doesn't inadvertantly suffer serious nutritional shortfalls resulting in permanent damage.


Anyway, I started experimenting with them and I liked a great many, so I had no difficulty choosing vegetarian  several times per week.  I probably could go completely meatless with the exception of consuming seafood.  There is absolutely no doubt about the incredible health benefits attained by consuming fish.  Way healthier than vegan or vegetarian alone.  The longest lived people on the planet who also enjoy the best health in old age are not vegan or vegetarian.  They areseafood eaters. 

3 years ago

By the way Diana H. , For some reason I didn't know we got butterfly points for participation in any of the discussions.  I admit the only reason I am on the at all is because I really like being able to actively donate to charities without writing a cheque everymonth.  I can far more afford my time.  So, I participate in all opportunities to collect  butterfly points as possible.


You can count on me sharing more of my vegetarian recipes-as seems to be the general theme of this site.  I have at least 100 or so cookbooks. 

3 years ago

Great to hear from you Heidi and yes isn't is great that we get butterfly points so we can donate. I do a lot of that,

3 years ago

Need some inspiration? Try one of these for tomorrow: Vegetarian Crockpot Recipes

2 years ago

More Meatless Monday ideas: Beans, Beans & more Beans!!!!!

Meatless Monday
2 years ago

I like to check out pinterest for recipes, just a quick search for meatless/ meat free monday brings up some great ideas like this site: and I can't wait to give this a try as I love mushrooms:

It's not a Monday today but I'm looking forward to a vegetarian dinner of slow roasted aubergine, garlic, cherry tomatoes, chickpeas with a sprinkling of fresh mint!

Next Monday though, I think that we'll use up some of the lentils in my cupboard and go for a lentil, sweet potato and coconut soup

2 years ago

Everyday is meatless for me and I love it

2 years ago

I am new to the group but I have to say I am impressed! You all have given me so much to try and think about. Thank you!!

2 years ago

Meatless Monday is a great idea thanks for opening our mind to the concept with the great information shared.

1 year ago

1 year ago

We had savoury pancakes for Meatless Monday once - Totally awesome

it was filled with Brown lentils and Mushrooms with green peppers and onion

1 year ago

I'm so mindful about my meat these days that I was looking at a grasshopper and instead of admiring its beauty like I usually do I was contemplating what was the best way to prepare it :O) I wish I was kidding. Otherwise I think I'm going to give Dr. Axe's maple glazed carrots a try this week.

1 year ago

Oh Roxana! That has me giggling out loud! There are many who would believe ha you would be creating 'bad karma' from even eating a grasshopper. Carrots look good....maybe a little too much maple syrup tho.

Erin B. Those pancakes sound awesomely delicious! Can you share the recipe with us?

1 year ago

Glad I made your day. I remember someone mentioning the chitin in grasshoppers working against digestion so even though I'm open to the idea...not something I'm rushing to do ;O)

Yes eating less meat does improve your "animal karma" because yesterday I called over a cat on the bike path and despite him in active pursuit of something in the woods he took the time to come over and petted me instead by rubbing against me in a complete circle about three times and happily flicking his tail all the while before returning to his pursuits. I wouldn't have thought much about it but the cats in this area are very feral in nature and don't tolerate much touch or even human attention.

I thought that too about the maple syrup but I'm not so sure anymore. I actually had to reintroduce some natural sugar in my diet which has had the effect of correcting a lot of digestive issues and sleep problems I was having for the past month or so. I learned on a recent podcast that a high protein or fat diet is too stressful for people with hormonal issues spiking the cortisol levels. The trick is to find that magic # so as a rule of thumb I half any sweetener recommendations in a "healthy" recipe.

1 year ago

I just saw this...official theme song of Meatless Mondays?

1 year ago

That is funny about the grasshopper Roxana.

Carrots sound very good. TY.

1 year ago

Middle Eastern Twist on Pumpkin season....I would find an alternative to agave though.

Today is Meatless Monday
1 year ago

11 months ago

I am great Meatless Monday fan and fully support the Meatless Monday movement.

Being an avid Twitterer I saw this video.

The video is hilarious!  And at the same time sad to see such narrow-mindedness.

Click here to see video: Fox N’ Friends Thinks Meatless Monday is a Plot to Brainwash Kids

11 months ago

Well, I had boiled beets and kale yesterday for supper. So good it was that I had the remaining beets today. I sliced them and while warm I poured a slight ammount of sesame seed oil and then some grated sea salt. Oh my, what a dish.

10 months ago

Wade, that sounds yummy. I love beets.

10 months ago

Tonight is a bowl of linguine with olive oil and lots of garlic; salad of lettuce, endive and radishes on the side. Apple cider to wash it down, and then a black coffee with two graham crackers and fig preserves. And it's only Friday!

10 months ago

Love Meatless Monday every day!

The Easiest Recipes When Cooking for One

The Easiest Recipes When Cooking for One

Cooking for one can be a lonely experience. Cooking huge portions that you end up eating for the next five days is boring–and it’s a lot of work, too. This cooking tactic creates more food waste, and more frustration.


Your easy solution might be to have a bowl of cereal, a sandwich, a TV dinner or a can of soup. Or you may buy takeout on the way home.


Good News!

  • Cooking your own meals can help prevent health issues like heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. Taking care of yourself through what you eat can be empowering and improve the way you feel.
  • Cooking for one is quicker than cooking for a family.

I cook for one, rarely throw food away and always eat healthy meals. It’s all about a little organization, keeping it simple and being creative in the kitchen. This topic is the basis for my next book, in which I share tricks and tips for eating healthy meals at home.

3 Delicious Quinoa Meals for One 


Dinner with Quinoa

Take 1 1/4 cups of quinoa out of the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while you cut up the vegetables for the salad. It is good for your digestion NOT to eat cold food.

Now make your salad.

Quinoa Arugula Salad:  it tastes as good as it looks.

Quinoa Arugula Salad: it tastes as good as it looks.

Quinoa Arugula Salad

This recipe makes a yummy and nourishing salad for any season. It is full of good protein from the quinoa and the pumpkin seeds. It’s an entire meal in one bowl.


  • 1  1/4 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 handfuls, arugula
  • 1 small handful parsley
  • 1/4 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced in rounds
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped
  • 5 pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup Light Olive Oil Salad Dressing


1. Mix greens, avocado, olives and red pepper together in a bowl.
2. Mix in salad dressing
3. Mix in cucumber and cooked quinoa.
4. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top.
5. Now sit down and enjoy this delicious salad.

This is one medium to small serving. You may need to double the ingredients.


Breakfast with Quinoa

For the other recipes:

Meatless Monday every day
10 months ago

I love the sound of that Quinoa salad Diana. Although I love pulses and veggies I haven't explored much with Quinoa yet, you've given me some inspiration thanks

9 months ago

Today is Meatless Monday! Debs, I made that salad and it is very good and my whole family liked it.

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