In a study of over 37,000 Americans, those who ate the most plant protein were 29% less likely to die of coronary heart disease.  Why not start with a Meatless Monday routine?!

Meatless Monday Meals

During the Lenten season some of us may have refrain from eating meat on Fridays, and may be encouraged to continue eating meat-free throughout the week.  We know there are heart healthy benefits to eating more plants in our diet.  Just because we are eliminating meat doesn’t mean we have sacrifice protein...or taste.   Be open to trying some new flavor profiles and don’t let yourself get intimidated by new recipes.  This is a great time to explore herbs and spices as well as various cooking styles.

Protein is an essential part of any balanced meal but it doesn’t have to come from a meat source.  Yes, you heard me, protein is also found in some plant foods, not just meat.  Don’t get me wrong, cheese pizza and spaghetti are delicious, but we don’t have to eat those things every time we eat meat-free.

Challenge yourself and try something new!


- Nicole Moretta, MS, RD, CDN


Broccoli Mac & Cheese

Easiest-Ever Grilled Veggie Burgers

Eight Minute Pantry Dal

“No-Tuna” Salad Sandwich

Noodle-Free Pad Thai (30 Minutes!)

Spicy Black Bean and Corn Tacos

Spicy Red Lentil Chili

Spring Buddha Bowl with Quinoa & Lemony White Beans

Sugar Snap Peas & Carrot Soba Noodles

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls

Vegan Greek Salad with Mushroom Souvlaki


Find more meat & dairy free recipes here


Learn more from the American Heart Association: 

Eating more plant protein and dairy instead of red meat may improve heart health

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