It’s Meatless Monday & my Summer Salad Series combined!
Nothing beats grilled veggies on the barbeque. They’re the perfect side dish to any summer meal, and super easy to prepare. I especially love grilled tomatoes. They seem to just melt in your mouth.
Since it is Meatless Monday, I thought it might be appropriate for me to share some quotes from the book I’m currently reading. It’s called “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins. He argues strongly about how eating a plant-based, whole foods diet can not only improve your personal health and well-being, but also contribute to a healthier planet. Right now I’m still working my way through the first section, which mainly discusses various scientific studies that have found a strong correlation between eating a plant-based diet and experiencing low incidence of disease, such as certain types of cancers, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. I will leave you with some of the statistics he presents, along with the references in case you want to read about the studies more in-depth:
- Risk of death from heart disease for vegetarians compared to non-vegetarians: Half (pg. 19). Source: Thorogood, M., et al., “Risk of Death from Cancer and Ischaemic Heart Disease in Meat and Non-meat Eaters,” British Medical Journal 308 (1994): 1666-71.
- Incidence of very high blood pressure in meat eaters compared to vegetarians: 13 times higher (pg. 29). Source: Ophir, O. et al., “Low Blood Pressure in Vegetarians.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 37 (1983): 755-62.
- Risk of colon cancer for people who eat poultry once a week compared to those who abstain: 55 percent greater. Risk of colon cancer for people who eat beans, peas, or lentils at least twice a week compared to people who avoid these foods: 50 percent lower. (pg. 49). Source: Singh, P. N., et al., “Dietary Risk Factors for Colon Cancer in a Low-Risk Population.” American Journal of Epidemiology 148 (1998): 761-74.
I think you get the idea. While these studies do suggest that a vegetarian diet can contribute to better health and perhaps even protect against diseases, it’s important to point out that other factors are also important to good health, such as frequent exercise, abstaining from smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption. However, one cannot ignore the fact that what we eat clearly has an effect on our health!
This brings me back to why I started my blog. I hope that by posting delicious, healthful recipes, people might start to realize that it’s not very difficult to go meat-free once in a while. I realize that a vegetarian diet is not for everyone. It’s a personal choice. However, with all of the evidence pointing towards the benefits of going meat-free, what’s wrong with giving Meatless Mondays a try? Especially when I have already taken the time to provide delicious, simple recipes for you ;) Hehe.
On that note, I hope you enjoy this week’s meat-free recipe! Stay tuned for more insights from “The Food Revolution”…
Summer Salad Series: #3 – Going Grilled
White Button Mushrooms
Green & Red Bell Pepper
Fresh Herbs (we used oregano and basil)
Pinch of pepper
1. Preheat your BBQ to medium heat. In a large bowl, combine the veggies, chopped herbs and pepper (or any other spices you wish to use). Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and stir to coat.
2. Grill the veggies in a grilling basket for about 15-20 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. I enjoyed this grilled salad as a side dish to my veggie burger :)
Happy Meatless Monday!
– Be Well xo