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Vegetarian Awareness Month: What's Your Favorite Meatless Dish?

Share your recipes for vegetarian meals and snacks, and we'll feature them on Meatless Mondays throughout October.

Q: What do hip hop artist Usher and President Bill Clinton have in common?

A: They've both converted to veganism to embrace the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

If you're interested in eating less meat—or no meat at all—October is your month! Monday is World Vegetarian Day, the official start of Vegetarian Awareness Month.

And if you're already vegetarian or vegan—spread the love! Share your best recipes for meat-free meals and snacks, and we'll feature them on Meatless Mondays throughout the month.

Swapping beef for beans just once a week might not only be good for you, it might be good for the Earth, too. A recently released Oxfam America report says families that make this small change at the dinner table can help conserve the world's water resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Eating less beef decreases livestock production, according to Oxfam. And when fewer livestock are farmed, less water is used and less cow toots are released into the environment. Methane produced by livestock is responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

The report, The Food Transformation (available in the media box attached to this article), says that if urban households in America, the United Kingdom, Spain and Brazil offered a vegetarian option once a week, they could each save the equivalent of 17 bathtubs full of water and together reduce methane equal to taking 3.7 million cars off the road.

A healthier you could mean a healthier world.

Email your favorite recipes for meatless meals and snacks to christine.huard@patch.com. Include a pretty picture, too, if you like! We'll offer vegetarian dishes to try each week on Meatless Monday.

Jim Corcoran September 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Recent clinical studies suggest that casein, found in all dairy products, blocks the absorption of antioxidants and renders them useless to our body. Get healthier by going vegan! Here are two uplifting videos that will help people understand just some of the implications of this lifestyle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org
Sara Sawochka September 28, 2012 at 01:24 PM
For more information on how your food gets from the farm to the table watch this 4 minute video: MeatVideo.com. Maybe it'll change the way you think about the meat you eat.
Christine Huard (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Thanks, Jim! Do you have a favorite recipe to share? Feel free to post it here.
Christine Huard (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Thanks, Sara! I'm collecting recipes to feature on Meatless Mondays throughout October. Do you have one to share? Feel free to post it here.
LemonGroove October 02, 2012 at 09:09 AM
My favorite is a Thai peanut pasta dish. It's not Vegan, but it's vegetarian. Linguine pasta cooked liked regular, toss with toasted sesame oil then refrigerate. While in fridge, slice a quartered and seeded cucumber and 1-2 red and yellow bell peppers, a finely sliced green onion, crushed and pressed clove of garlic, 1 tsp-1 tbl spoon of fresh ginger, sesame seeds (not required but yummy), 1/4 C of soy sauce, 1 Tbl sppon of white or rice wine vinegar, 1/2 C peanut butter. Heat together in microwave for 1 minute or until warm, stir together, then toss into cooled pasta. Serve at room temperature. If you can handle it, add any hot sauce too. Very refreshing on a hot day or any day. Reheats ok, but best @ room temperature for leftovers.

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