October is Vegetarian Awareness Month
Meatless Monday, Oldways and The Humane Society of the United States have come together to launch the Vegtoberfest campaign in effort to help more people see the value of adding more plants to your plate!
Have you heard of these non-profit organizations?
Meatless Monday: This is a global movement with a simple message: once a week, cut the meat. They provide information, news, recipes and free promotional materials to help individuals, schools, restaurants, hospitals, food companies and entire communities to start each week with a commitment to eating healthy, environmentally-friendly, meat-free meals.
Oldways: They are a food and nutrition education organization, with a mission to inspire healthy eating through cultural food traditions and lifestyles. The organization is well-known for creating the Whole Grain Stamp and the Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, along with many other mainstream programs.
The Humane Society of the United States: This organization works to provide direct care to more than 100,000 animals each year—more than any other animal welfare organization—through sanctuaries, veterinary programs and emergency shelters and rescues. They work to professionalize the field of animal care with our education and training programs.
What is Vegtoberfest?
The Vegtoberfest encourages people to go veg for the month of October. To participate, people are encouraged to put more plants on their plates and share their motivations for doing so. This is open to everyone, not just vegetarians and vegans! The goal is to simply spread the reasons behind vegetarianism and help people eat healthier this month.
Let us know, why do you want to participate? For your health? The environment? Animals?
I’m eating more plants because…
I am a vegetarian passionate about animal welfare.
There’s no need to rip animal families apart and cause distress when it’s not necessary for human survival. Animals have feelings. I repeat, animals feel. We don’t want to be hunted or caged and slaughtered, nor do they. (And no, we are not going to contest that with plants have feelings too.)
I switched to a vegetarian diet over two years ago after watching Food Inc. For me, the switch was very easy. The idea of eating an animal has saddened & grossed me out my entire life. I highly recommend this documentary. (Bonus: It’s available for free to Amazon Prime members.)
It’s amazing that we can eat a healthy & delicious diet with only plants. I think if people just paused a moment to consider that statement and reflect on their reasons for choosing meat, more people would switch to a plant-based diet. Since most of us grew up in a meat-eating culture, nobody even thinks of switching to vegetarianism. Eating meat is just a habit and we are unaware of its negative consequences.
If you are interested in reducing your meat consumption, start slowly. Add more plants and start by eliminating one animal at a time.
My goal this month is to reduce my dairy consumption because the dairy industry is no friend to animals. For Mexican dishes (our go-to meals), you can easily replace cheese and sour cream with avocados because it adds the perfect creamy texture. Sautéed or steamed vegetables are truly good with salt and pepper alone, and perhaps a bit of lemon juice too. Soy burgers taste like fast food hamburgers and do not require cheese. Experiment with different stir fry dishes. I love using Indian spices and Thai sauces.
Please, please, please check out Vegan Richa’s cookbook! I am working my way through her cookbook and all the recipes are extremely delicious! I recommend Cabbage Kofta in Creamy Tomato Sauce (pg. 182) and Puffy Restaurant-Style Naan (pg. 188) or Wheat Flatbreads (pg. 196). I’m getting hungry just thinking about these recipes…. Yum!
Join the campaign & submit your Vegtoberfest story HERE!
Get Started with Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Mommy & Love has partnered with Lightlife to offer a recipe & giveaway to help get you started on your Vegtoberfest challenge!