Mondays can be hard. It’s the day you realize the weekend is over. Maybe you’re recovering from a long run, or realizing you didn’t finish your to-do list. However, with every Monday comes a new week to start a new habit, try a new food, or engage in a fresh start.
As I think of my overall diet, I try to be more of a plant-based eater. I love every fruit and vegetable that has grown on this earth. I have no issues with animal protein, however, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains provide the body with reliable energy, protein, and fiber (and good sources of vitamins & minerals). Therefore, I try to make every Monday a “Meatless Monday”. I was inspired to begin this habit after working with a cool vegetarian RD, Janice Cochran.
NOTICE: Switching to a vegetarian diet does not automatically make you healthier. It is important to have the right balance of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, fats, protein, vitamins & minerals (and hey, talking to a great dietitian can also help you out)!
Janice, has been a vegetarian for years and started because of environmental beliefs. I, on the other hand, eat like a om-nom-nomnivore – I eat a wide variety of foods, but try to make most of them plant-based. I encourage you to go meatless for a meal a week, a day, or a couple months!
My go-to meatless Monday meal is “cauliflower” rice & beans!
Serves 4 – 6 people
What you will need:
- head of cauliflower
- 2 cans of Caribbean Black Beans
- 1 jar of salsa
- 2 bell peppers
- 1 onion
- olive oil, canola oil, coconut oil – which ever you cook with!
- Dice bell peppers & onions. Heat a medium/large sized pan.
- Soften the veggies in the pan with the oil of your choosing
- After you “rice” your cauliflower, add to the pan
- Add the cans of black beans and 3/4 – full jar of salsa
This is a great side dish or main entree. I add more spice by squirting Sriracha on top of it!
Now go & have a delightful rest of your week!