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Meatless Mondays: Reducing Your Carbon Footprint AND Being Frugal

First and foremost – I am a carnivore. I do love a good steak and most Sunday evenings during my childhood were spent eating my mama’s perfect pork roast with mashed potatoes and gravy. So I do not have a problem with meat. Or farmers. In fact, I love ’em.

But as an avid foodie who spends way too much time surfing the web, I’ve noticed a trend amongst home cooks around the nation – Meatless Mondays. I did a little research – Meatless Mondays was started by John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Health and has a two-fold purpose: To improve personal health and to reduce humans’ carbon footprint on the planet.

I haven’t fully embraced Meatless Mondays yet, but I can attest what a difference going meatless a couple days a week can make on a person’s budget.

The hubby and I don’t eat a lot of meat and if we do, it’s usually ground turkey or ground beef that’s bought on sale. Otherwise, if I’m making a pasta sauce, we can make do with mushrooms or zucchini. When I try to replicate my husband’s favorite Indian curry, I don’t even bother with using meat – we just use chickpeas.

When I was a kid, eating meat at every meal made sense – my dad was a farmer and we had an abundance of pork – chops, roasts, etc. Nowadays, I eat less meat – a choice that has more to do with budget rather than dietary choice. But now that I’m used to it … I’m content to eat meat on rare occasions.

One of my favorite food bloggers who has really embraced Meatless Mondays is Rebecca at Ezra Pound Cake. Go to her site and click on “meatless.” She’s an amazing photographer and has some truly incredible dishes.

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