There was an article recently on Slate about the USDA proposing a meatless Monday. Apparently, it didn’t go over to well with at least a few Republicans. And they took to Twitter to let everyone know about. From the article:
Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, for one, had this to say: “I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation [about] a meatless Monday,” Likewise, Sen. John Thune, offered his take: “Who at USDA thought ‘Meatless Mondays’ was [a] good idea? Anti-[agriculture] agenda at USDA is irresponsible, even for a day.”
The basic idea behind meatless Monday is to encourage vegetarian consumption one day a week in corporate and school cafeterias, with the notion that doing so doing so will have both environmental and health benefits.
If Senator Grassley wants to eat more meat, more power to him. I’m sure he gets paid well enough to afford it with ease, and isn’t too worried about his health (not that all meat is bad – but somehow I picture this guy reaching for something that’ll clog his arteries). As for Senator Thune – I’d hardly say a meatless Monday is anti-agriculture. Last I checked, agriculture also involved those strange things like fruits and vegetables.
I don’t think it’s fair to expect cafeterias to start stocking tofu, and expecting everyone to like it. But there are plenty of yummy, basic, vegetarian options that most people will eat, such as:
- Grilled cheese
- Burritos or tacos with beans and rice
What can cutting meat out of your meals for a week do for you?
- Save you money! Meat isn’t cheap. It’s a heck of lot cheaper to buy a can of beans (or buy raw ones if you’re really ambitious), then it is to buy ground beef, chicken etc.
- Improve your health. If you’re particularly inclined towards fatty or salty stuff (say, pepperoni or bacon), then it’ll do you good to cut down on them. Note – I have a bacon and cheese tomato sandwich once a week. It’s awesome. I’ll freely admit that. But I try to stick to leaner meats the rest of the time.
- Expand your horizons. You can start with stuff you’re comfortable with (say, grilled cheese), but maybe slowly expand out, and try a few dishes you haven’t tried before. Plenty of cultures eat little to no meat, and seem to survive somehow.
What’s your take on meatless Monday?