I’ve decided to jump fully onto the Meatless Monday bandwagon. Starting today. Oh, I’ve dabbled with the idea. I’ve tiptoed around it. But I’ve never truly committed. Because that probably means dragging the hubs fully into the game. Yep, the main chef at Casa Sims-Thompson still believes the old nutrition rules they preached back in the stone age – every plate should contain a very healthy portion of dead animal parts. To my dear hubby, even a salad has to have at least bacon bits and anchovies.
Old habits are hard to break. But I’m game to try. It’s only one night for goodness sake. Buck-up boy-o! This is gonna be fun.
I gave up eating beef and pork and lamb several years ago as my own personal protest against Big Ag and the horrific practices of the meat industry. I know where the chicken and fish I do eat comes from and how they were raised. I live in Portland, not Portlandia, so I don’t know the
chicken’s name, but I do like knowing it lived a good life to the end. This is my small way of voting with my pocketbook. Does it make a difference? Not really. It’s a just a tiny drop of water in the ocean. But it’s my drop.
To me Meatless Monday is a very simple way of putting everybody’s tiny drop into one bigger bucket and guess what – that makes a difference!
The concept of Meatless Monday is not new. It first started during WWI and again during WWII when the folks at home all did their bit for the war effort with victory gardens, meatless Mondays and even wheatless Wednesdays. It was a good idea then and it’s a great idea today. Meatless Monday was launched in 2003 in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2009 Ghent, Belgium became the first non-U.S. city to go meatless. Shortly thereafter Sir Paul McCartney helped the U.K. kick off Meat-Free Mondays. And today there meatless Mondays in 34 countries from Kuwait to Croatia.
Here in Portland we have the bounty of fresh fruit and veggies from 40 different farmer’s markets to chose from and for those lucky enough to have a backyard or a front yard, chances are good they have a garden patch or are sharing space with a few friendly chickens or goats for eggs, milk and cheese. What’s old is new again. And we’re all healthier and hopefully a little happier for it.
Meatless Monday is an easy way to eat a bit more mindfully. It’s good for your heart, fights diabetes, cancer and obesity. It’s good for the planet. And, its definitely good for the cows, pigs, chickens, and all the fish at sea. In fact, Harold here gives Meatless Monday a hearty two hooves up!
So, jumping right in, a quick search on Pinterest led me to this lovely recipe for pasta with garlic scape pesto and spring peas on Scaling Back’s delightful blog. It’s what’s for dinner tonight. I guess I’m cooking. Hubs will love having the night off. He’s off fishing right now but he always catches and releases.
Who knows where this small change will lead. Maybe to wheatless Wednesdays. That would be way better than wineless Wednesdays!