Meatout: Eat Vegan For a Day

Friday, March 20 is the first day of spring and it’s also Meatout Day. Last year on Meatout Day, I celebrated my 18 year vegiversary, which makes this year 19!

What is Meatout Day?

“Since 1985, thousands around the world have celebrated the first day of Spring by eating vegan for the day in a huge international event called Meatout. Every year, Meatout raises awareness of the benefits of eating vegan: helping animals, achieving great health, and saving the planet.” – Meatout.org

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Are you ready to take the pledge to go vegan for a day?

Here are my top three tips on how to have a successful Meatout Day:

1. Pick foods you already eat that are accidentally vegan

For starters, all vegetables are vegan, so if you love veggies, load up on them! Just leave off the cream sauces, cheese, butter and bacon.

Like oatmeal? Prepare it for breakfast with non-dairy milk or water; you can even make Overnight oats to have ready for the morning.

Hummus and pita, vegetable fajitas, rice and beans, green salad, bean salad, lentil soup, pasta with marinara (as long as the pasta is not egg based), even Oreos are vegan! Though I don’t really suggest eating Oreos. 🙂

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Banana almond butter oatmeal

 

2. Try a new recipe you’ve had your eye on 

Of course, I have lots of recipes on this blog that you can search through! A great place to start is with my Easy Weeknight Meals posts for Curry Bowl and Flatbread Pizza, or my spring recipes round up.

Also, all over the internet are fabulous vegan bloggers with amazing recipes to experiment with. To name just a few of my favorites Vegan Yack Attack, Post Punk Kitchen, Happy Healthy Life, Fork and Beans, My Eclectic Kitchen and Cara’s Kitchen (I could go on and on!).

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Easy Weeknight Meal: Flatbread Pizza

 

3. Ask friends for meal ideas, favorite recipes, or restaurant suggestions

A few of my favorite LA based vegan and vegan friendly restaurants are Satdha Thai, Golden Mean, Native Foods, Real Food Daily, Sun Cafe Organic, Hugo’s, Mud Hen Tavern, Sage Bistro and Gracias Madre.

 

Thai Meatball Bowl from Native Foods
Thai Meatball Bowl from Native Foods

You can do it! Sign up to take the pledge at meatout.org. Once you pledge, you’ll get access to even more vegan resources, recipes and meal plans, restaurant guides and an events calendar.

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