3 Plant-Based Dinners for Meatless Mondays
The Meatless Monday campaign started as part of an initiative by The Monday Campaigns Inc. in association with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future. The goal of the international movement is to motivate people to take steps toward improving both the condition of the planet and their own health by eliminating meat for one day of out of the week. Research shows that people are more likely to engage in a new habit when it’s presented during the beginning of the work week. The Meatless Monday campaign is therefore a weekly healthy eating reminder.
But Meatless Monday can go beyond tempeh, a juice, or spaghetti with red sauce. There are a number of delicious, meatless dishes that are so flavorful that you’ll wish every day was Monday. (Wait, what am I saying?!)
Butternut Squash Lasagna
There are few dishes as comforting as a casserole dish brimming with piping-hot, homemade lasagna, but all that meat, cheese, and sauce can be a little too rich. This butternut squash lasagna is a delectable option for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. The béchamel sauce adds a velvety texture and the mild sweetness of the butternut squash seasoned with fresh thyme and fennel seeds balances it beautifully.
Portobello and Eggplant Schnitzel
Schnitzel is an Austrian dish made with chicken or pork that’s been pounded very thin, seasoned with breadcrumbs, and fried. Traditional interpretations of schnitzel are typically off-limits to vegetarians, but thanks to this meatless version, anyone can indulge in this Austrian classic.
Enchiladas are beautiful both on the inside and out. Sautéed black beans, corn, portobello mushrooms, and diced onions are wrapped in a fluffy whole-wheat tortilla and then smothered in enchilada sauce. To complete the dish, top the enchiladas with cheese and pop the casserole dish into the oven.