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Can my family get enough protein from plants?

Yes! Beans, legumes, soy products, nuts and grains are all excellent sources of protein. Also, most American eat much more protein than they need for good health.

What about the committed meat eaters in my house?

Surprise them with some of the delicious vegetarian recipes from our Recipes page. Many of us remember foods we once didn't like and now enjoy - have a conversation about trying new things. And maybe most of all, remind them that Meatless Monday is only one day a week!

Does it have to be Monday?

Monday is best, because studies show that starting your the week with healthy foods has a positive effect on your eating choices all week long! But if Monday absolutely doesn't work for your family, by all means pick a different day.

Can my Meatless Monday include cheese or eggs?

It’s your choice whether to include cheese or eggs, but we encourage you to investigate plant-based options for your Monday meals. Their variety is endless and you’re sure to find some delectable new choices in our recipes section.

How do I put together an entire meal without meat as the centerpiece?

We know it can be daunting to change a long-standing habit, but there are plenty of options for meals based entirely on plants. Look in our recipe collection for inspiration! You’ll find filling and nutritious meals centered on beans, tofu, seitan and grains that are every bit as satisfying as meat-based alternatives.

How can I adapt some of my favorite dishes to be meatless?

Many meat-based dishes have been reworked into tasty plant-based options. We’re thinking of two-bean chili, sweet-potato and black bean tacos, veggie lasagna, and tofu marsala, to name a few. See our recipes and the Meatless Monday website for new takes on some of your favorites!

We love summer backyard cook-outs, how can I cook non-meat items on an outdoor grill?

Yes, summer means grilling! Many plant-based foods are delicious grilled. You might start with easy tofuveggie burgers with BBQ sauce, or marinated portobello mushrooms. Serve with your favorite side dishes!

How do I grill vegetables successfully?

Looking for sides to go with those veggie burgers? Many vegetables lend themselves to grilling, especially peppers, summer squash, eggplant, portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and onions. In fact, almost any vegetable can be cooked on a backyard grill. And don’t forget the fruits!  Sliced pineapple, peaches, and plums are especially tasty grilled.

Can you give me some more information about plant-based eating?

Sure! Here's how Harvard Health Publishing contributor, Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, explains it: "Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans.  It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy.  Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources."
If you are interested in learning more about why eating more plant-based foods is important, check out the many research papers and articles on our Resources page.
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