I was exploring Facebook groups recently and came across one dedicated to Flexitarians and Nutritarians. By now you should know what a flexitarian is (if not, click the START HERE button above). A Nutritarian is a term coined by Dr Joel Fuhrman. You may have seen him on PBS where he talks about his Eat to Live (affiliate link) plan. The idea is to eat the most nutrient dense foods available. It just so happens that the foods with the most nutrients per calorie are plants. This makes Dr Fuhrman’s way of eating perfect both for Meatless Monday and flexitarian living.
Feel free to pursue the topic further at Dr Fuhrman’s website, but the gist of the plan is this: eat a variety of raw and steamed vegetables (try to eat a pound each), up to 4 servings of fruit, an ounce of nuts, a cup of beans, limited starchy veggies, grains and animal products. Like other diet plans, there’s a restrictive period after which the problematic foods can be re-introduced. What appealed to me was the emphasis on fruits, vegetables and beans. Trust me, you have to work to eat the amount of plant matter recommended.
Now, if you’ve visited my site with any regularity you’ll know my love affair with beans. We keep both dried and canned beans on hand and some of my favorite frozen vegetable mixes include some sort of bean. One of the easiest meals to throw together for a Meatless Monday lunch is lentils and some sort of green. My son calls it Ticks and Leaves and, looking at this photo from an older post, I guess he’s not that far off.
For such a humble dish lentils and greens are, in my opinion, one of the most satisfying things to eat. You don’t have to soak lentils and they take about 20 minutes to cook. If you use canned or vacuum packed lentils (look for them in the produce section) your meal will come together even faster. The recipe for Lentils with Swiss Chard will give you the basics of preparation. I usually throw whatever type of green I’m using for salads into the pot. You can make them soupy and eat them in a bowl, or cook them until most of the liquid is absorbed and eat them wrapped in a tortilla.
ON TO THE PARTY!
Meatless Mondays was created to inspire people to go without meat one day a week. Click here to read more about it on their website. To that end, I’ve teamed up with Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures and Mary from Mary’s Kitchen to bring you a month long link party dedicated to Meatless Monday offerings. We hope you find something you and your family will love. If you have a meatless recipe you’d like to share, please link up.