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More than meats the eye

"Mushrooms, it's what's for dinner."

Go ahead, laugh. It's OK. I know that no one says that. It's always "Beef, it's what's for dinner" or "Pork, the other white meat" or "Eat Mor Chikin."

Meat, meat, meat. It's always about meat.

But what if it wasn't? What if dinner was about something different, like vegetables or other sources of protein? That's the idea behind a movement called Meatless Mondays, a movement that revives wartime rationing and puts a healthy, eco-conscious spin on it. People are asked to go meat-free one day a week (Mondays, obviously) in an effort to reduce meat consumption, improve health and better the planet. And, for a bonus, one might see some savings on the grocery bill.

Be healthy and save on groceries? Yes. Please.

Of course, going meat-free isn't as easy as saying, "Yes. Please." I have to find recipes for dishes that Mark and I want to eat. Or dishes that I want to eat and easily convert to meat-full dishes for Mark. (He's not so hip to the idea...yet.)

Example: Blue Cheese Portobello Burgers. I can easily cook one up for me and make a plain ol' burger for Mark. If I stop by the meat market, I can pick up enough meat for just one patty. Same goes for the nachos I have planned on Thursday. A grilled, sliced chicken breast can be added for the meat lovers and the meat-free folks can enjoy the black bean-corn salad.

Do you ever go meat-free? What's your favorite vegetarian recipe? E-mail me at