Meatless Mondays on the Riviera Maya

There a public campaign that mirrors World War I and World War II food campaigns that was breathed new life as an eco-initiative to decrease the amount of meat that is consumed in the North American diet.  For the past 7 or 8 years the popularity of this campaign has risen and it has turned into a healthy eco-friendly way to eat.

Mexico has a meat heavy diet.  The portions, albeit, are not as large as Northern American diets, but there is still a very heavy emphasis on meat, pork, chicken and beef.  Meatless Monday seems as important to people in Mexico as it does to our neighbors in the north.

Over the past few months, our Meatless Monday blog entries have consisted of local restaurant reviews that highlight vegetarian/meatless options, meatless recipes and food descriptions that educate locals and visitors about meatless options they can incorporate into their diets, on vacation or in their day to day lifestyle.  Dairy items on our Meatless Monday campaign have not been taken out. This omission would nearly collapse the Mexican recipe section! We are however trying to limit recipe options to those that require little milk or crema and only small portions of cheese.

If you are a vegetarian or just trying to reduce your intake of meat, we hope you are enjoying this segment of the Taste of Playa celebration of local chefs and their creations.  We hope we have been able to show that the Riviera Maya has many vegetarian options that will still provide you with an exemplary culinary experience, and enhance your knowledge of local and widely used foods in this region.

Here are some examples of Meatless Monday recipe and educational sites that can add to your list of Meatless Monday options for you and the family:

Women’s Day magazine has included Meatless Monday on their monthly recipe calendar since 2004.

Kim O’Donnel, a food journalist and trained cook, offered weekly Meatless Monday recipes in her Washington Post column “A Mighty Appetite”.

Articles regarding Meatless Monday have been published by several authors in The Huffington Post since April 2009.

Have any suggestions for Meatless Monday?  Please share your recipes and links in the Comments section.

Written by Nicola Inwood. Nicola is the Executive Chairperson of Taste of Playa 2010.  She writes for numerous blogs, one being www.lifejustbecamesimpler.wordpress.com and is the owner of various businesses in the Riviera Maya.

Meatless Monday is an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet. Reducing meat consumption by 15% (the equivalent of one day a week) lessens the risk of chronic preventable illness and has a strong positive impact on the environment.

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