Limiting the amount of meat you eat per week may reduce your chance of chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Looking to add Meatless Monday to your meal plan? Limiting the amount of meat you eat per week may reduce your chance of chronic conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. Eating a lot of red or processed meats is linked to a higher risk of developing certain cancers. Ditching meat at your meals one day a week will encourage you to eat other foods that are good for your health. Plant based diets that include veggies, fruits, grains, beans, and nuts are high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Check out these other 6 great benefits of Meatless Mondays:
To learn more about Meatless Mondays, please visit the Mayo clinic’s website.
Interested in Meatless Mondays? Give this Chickpea Quinoa Burger recipe a try:
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees.
Poke several holes in the yam using a fork. Place the yam in a paper towel and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Flip the yam and microwave 5 minutes more, or until tender. Slip off the yam’s skin.
Place 1 of the tablespoons of grapeseed oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Add the carrot and bell pepper to the pan and cook 3-5 minutes more, or until the veggies are just tender.
Transfer the sautéed veggies to a food processor and pulse to chop. Add the spinach and pulse a few more times until combined. Transfer the veggies to a large mixing bowl.
Add the chickpeas and tahini to the food processor and pulse until broken down and combined. Transfer to the mixing bowl with the veggies.
Add the cooked quinoa, yam, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds to the mixing bowl. Season the veggie quinoa mixture with the lemon juice, cumin and hot sauce, if using. Stir until well combined, taking care to ensure all ingredients are evenly distributed. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Shape the veggie quinoa mixture into 8 patties using your hands. Dust each patty with flour.
Heat the remaining tablespoon grapeseed oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burger patties and cook for about 2 minutes per side, or until browned on both sides. Transfer the patties to a baking sheet and bake about 10-12 minutes more, or until cooked through. Enjoy!
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