Meatless Monday: A New Year Resolution Made Easy With Potatoes

Black Bean Chili Potato

Whether you’ve already made your resolutions or are still looking for something meaningful to commit to, we’ve got a good one for you and your family. It’s simple to work into your week but offers a big benefit. It’s called Meatless Monday.

What is Meatless Monday?

Meatless Monday means, for one day a week, you omit meat from your diet. Mostly, to us, it means planning and serving a meal that focuses on vegetables (think potatoes) instead of chicken, beef or pork. Why would you want to do that?

To Improve Your Health

Studies show that diets high in fruits and veggies may reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, help curb diabetes and fight obesity, and also increase longevity—all good stuff.

To Take Care of the Earth

Because the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of man-made greenhouse gas emissions — even more than transportation — replacing meat in your diet helps reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll also reduce water usage (livestock require lots of it), and help reduce our fossil fuel dependence. Great, right?

Meatless Monday may also mean a lower-calorie dinner on Monday night, so it will fit with your fitness goals, and should save you some money at the grocery store, too.

Even Meat Lovers Can Do It

We are, of course, still meat and potato folks with meat and potato families. Yet we think Meatless Monday is a great idea. Most of us have at least one family member that would not be into tofu, tempeh or trying crazy new diets. As farmers, we work hard all day and need a dinner that both satisfies and fuels us up to work hard tomorrow. In fact, that’s where potatoes come in!

If you focus your meatless meal on potatoes, which are proven to make you feel fuller longer, your family may not even catch on to the fact that there’s no meat with the meal.

Are You In or What?

As an added incentive, we thought you should know one study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that people with weekly health prompts and encouragement responded with improvements in their overall health, eating habits and physical activity levels. Ready to try out Meatless Monday? Here are some delicious potato recipes to help you get started with this easy New Year resolution.

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup

This would make a great Monday night meal. It’s fast, east and filling. Make sure you use vegetable broth or cubes. Look for low sodium for an added healthy boost. Serve this with a big salad that includes cheese, beans and toasted almonds or walnuts. Yum!

Thai Potato and Vegetable Curry

This soup uses a base of coconut milk, which is very tasty and satisfying. While you may be surprised at the fat content, don’t worry. It’s a good fat your body is more likely to use for energy then store around your midsection. This would be great paired with a side dish of whole, in pod edamame, which you can find at most grocery stores in the freeze section.

Baked Potatoes Topped with Vegetarian Chili

On Sunday, whip up your favorite vegetarian chili recipe. On Monday night, throw some PotatOHs in the microwave. Serve together with low fat sour cream or Greek yogurt, shredded cheddar cheese, black beans, chopped onion, cilantro, hot sauce, and whatever else you have on hand that might make a Meatless Monday meal even more awesome.

Are you already planning to do Meatless Monday? Let us know in the comments!