Meatless Monday: "If you don't eat meat, what can you eat?"

Conscious food choices are what we love!

The choice of food, the preparation of the dishes and the act of eating with family and friends are all part of this process. Spending time with each of these steps enriches the relationship you have with food and the people you share it with.

Over the next few Monday's we're going to celebrate Meatless Monday by addressing some of the misunderstandings some nutritionists, chefs, airline companies and all of our lovely aunts have concerning meatless nutrition.

In an effort to bring the light to these influential humans, we're going to share three meatless recipes we love at the bottom.

Misunderstanding #1: If you don't eat meat, what can you eat?

Plant-based, meatless, or vegetarian diets are extremely diverse. While they do exclude all types of meat (red, white, blue or rainbow colored) they include everything else under the sun. Here is where the great divide starts, is it a choice or a restriction and does it even matter. For me it's a simple, not a restriction. I don't think it is ideal for anyone repress themselves in order to make the best choice for themself. I choose the meatless nutrition because of all the amazing doors it opens to me and the doors it closes too. To me, it's little like asking someone, "... if you don't eat metal screws, what can you eat?" But I don't want to digress from the main topic, let's take a look at what meatless diets do include.

Vegetarianism can be divided into three main groups:

a) Ovo-lacto-vegetarianism, also known as vegetarianism, consists of eating absolutely everything found under the Sun, except meat of any kind;

b) Lacto-vegetarianism, which is just like the above dietary system, except it excludes eggs;

c) Veganism, also known as pure vegetarianism, does not consume meat, eggs, dairy or any product originating from the body of the animal, including honey, etc.

Obviously, different combinations and variations exist other than the above mentioned.

The DeROSE Method recommends a well balanced ovo-lacto-vegetarianism dietary system because we consider it the most adaptable to any situation and is extremely diverse nutritionally compared to the meatless dietary systems. It provides all necessary nutritional elements in the most enjoyable way without rigid planning and without sacrificing sociability.

Check out this interesting article about What Happens When You Stop Eating Meat from our friends at Collective Evolution.

Here are three easy recipes we promised for a fun summer Meatless Monday!

BREAKFAST

BANANA OATMEAL

LUNCH

VEGGIE CARROT DOGS

DINNER

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP