Meatless Monday: Why Monday?

07 Jul
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It may seem like Monday was chose arbitrarily or simply because of the alliteration.  However, there are actually a few reasons why the campaign chose Monday as the best day to go meatless.

As humans, we plan our lives on a weekly basis.  Weeks are an important unit of time to us because they shape our lives.  People get into a weekly rhythm and therefore doing something every Monday can easily fit into this routine.

In Western culture, Monday represents the beginning of the week.  It is when people are returning to school or work and preparing for the rest of their week.  Monday is often a hard day for people and they are getting back into the swing of the weekdays.  However, it is also an opportunity for a fresh start.  Eating meatless is a great way to get that fresh start!

A lot of people binge over the weekend with various unhealthy substances and foods.  Mondays are a great day to clean out your body and feed it something extra healthy. 

Mondays are the most common day for people to research health and make doctor’s appointments.  It is a day when people are looking to improve their quality of life and therefore their health.  So what better a day to try meatless!

Whether you are already on board or looking to get on board now, try out this meatless recipe:

Whole-Wheat Pasta with Vegetables and Peanut Sauce


8 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti

Coarse salt and ground pepper

4 ounces snow peas, tough strings removed

3 medium carrots, halved, and shaved with a vegetable peeler

1 container (14 ounces) firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes

3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 tablespoons light-brown sugar


1. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. Add peas, carrots, and tofu to pot; immediately drain pasta mixture, and set aside.

2.  In pasta pot, stir together peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Add reserved pasta mixture; toss gently, adding reserved pasta water a little at a time to create a thin sauce that coats spaghetti (you may not need all the water). Season as desired with salt and pepper. Serve.

Zoë Naseef

Last modified on Monday, 07 July 2014 11:50

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