Meatless Monday


I’m no vegetarian, but I’ve never been a major meat eater. I prefer meatless pizzas (unless it’s pepperoni or bacon…), don’t eat sausage and am turned off by what seems like a celebration of meat, like the turducken, or anything ‘meat lovers.’
However, I love a good cheeseburger, I couldn’t live without my chicken salad, and bacon, honestly, makes me giddy. So being a vegetarian is out of the question for me…(for now).
One of my closest friends is living a vegan lifestyle now, and it’s made me focus more closely on my eating habits.  Awhile back, I worked with an adventurous hula hooper, who suggested, to ease into vegetarianism, that certain days get categorized as ‘meatless’ days.  I love vegetables, and they are cheaper than meat, so I was essentially already doing this. And why not make it a regular thing? Vegetable-based eating is proven to be healthier than a meat-based diet, with less fat and more fiber.
So here’s to Meatless Mondays! And maybe even Wednesday and Saturday too. :). One of the easiest ways to avoid meat? Make a pizza!
Pita Pizza

Pitas or flatbread (or Naan!)
~1/2 c. Cheese (mozzarella)
Vegetables of your choice
Olive oil
Dried oregano and/or garlic
Salt & Pepper

Lay your pitas (or substitute) on a baking sheet. Brush lightly with olive oil. Then add vegetables! I used onion, mushroom and spinach this time. Add diced or thin slices of tomato.
Once you’ve loaded it with vegetables, add a small amount of shredded cheese over the pita. Sometimes I don’t feel like taking out the grater, so I cut slices of cheese into smaller, matchstick pieces. It works just as well. 🙂
Sprinkle cheese with salt and pepper, oregano and/or garlic.  Bake at 425* for 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and just starting to brown.
Experiment with other ways you can go meatless! Stuffed zucchini, mushroom risotto, vegetable pasta…yum yum.



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