Over the past six months or so we have started up a new weekly tradition around the Grimm Household, No Meat Monday. It’s as simple as it sounds. On Monday’s, we do our darndest to do things up vegetarian style. The menu differs but embraces eating grains, pasta, vegetables and protein substitutes. Dawn has come up with some wildly delicious recipes: stuffed poblanos, tofu pesto pasta and my favorite, the veggie chili.
We are doing this for a number of different reasons. First, we want the boys to know each and every meal at the dinner table does not require an animal on your plate. We may not be vegetarians (Dawn is close) but I would like to think that we are at least environmentally conscious. And raising them to be so as well. Plus, it just gets them thinking about what they eat and where it comes from.
Secondly, it gets us trying out new meals. Items and pairings we may not have considered before. We are hoping to make it out much more this summer to the local Farmer’s Market. The past two years have been a bit of a challenge going anywhere with the twins, but those tides are turning quickly. We are hoping these trips will spur some new ideas to try out on Monday’s (and throughout the week).