Did you know that every time you eat a meat-free meal you:
- Save 2.5 lbs of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- 24 square feet of land
- 133 gallons of water
A 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations found that livestock production causes 18% of all GHG emissions! By eating meat-free meals you can help reduce your carbon footprint AND reap the added health benefits! I’m not saying you have to cut out meat entirely, but simply going meatless one day a week can do a lot to help the planet and your body. Meat Free Monday is a non-profit organization supported by Paul McCartney that promotes the benefits of going meat free. Their website provides a lot of resources and delicious meatless recipes.
Since I have recently adopted a more plants-based diet (i.e. no red meat or poultry), I will be posting a new recipe every week in honour of Meatless Monday!
Here’s a great meat-free recipe I came up with that’s quick and easy to make:
Chickpea & Cilantro Citrus Salad
1 19oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed (Chickpeas are an excellent source of fibre and folate. However, be mindful of sodium content! Different brands can have drastically different levels of sodium.)
3/4 cup chopped cucumber
3/4 cup chopped red pepper
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 large handful of fresh, chopped cilantro
Juice of half a lemon
Juice of half a lime
A pinch of pepper
1. Simply mix all the ingredients together! Feel free to modify the recipe slightly based on your preferences (for instance, try adding some feta cheese). This salad is great as a side dish or afternoon snack, and the cilantro adds a wonderful fresh taste.
Enjoy being MEAT FREE this Monday! : )