Meatless Monday comes every week and is a perfect opportunity to give your family a break from meat. A bit of creativity and inspiration (like our recipe list below) can make your Meatless Monday fun and delicious!
The history of Meatless Monday goes back almost 100 years to World War 1:
- During World War I, the U.S. Food Administration urged families to reduce consumption of key staples to aid the war effort. “Food Will Win the War,” the government proclaimed, and “Meatless Monday” and “Wheatless Wednesday” were introduced to encourage Americans to do their part.
- Herbert Hoover, then head of the Food Administration, spearheaded implementation of the campaign. In addition to advertising, his office created and distributed recipe booklets and menus in newspapers, magazines and pamphlets.
- The effect was overwhelming. Some 10 million families, 7,000 hotels and nearly 425,000 food dealers pledged to observe national meatless days. In November 1917, New York City hotels saved some 116 tons of meat over the course of just one week. According to a 1929 Saturday Evening Post article, “Americans began to look seriously into the question of what and how much they were eating. Lots of people discovered for the first time that they could eat less and feel no worse – frequently for the better”
Meatless Monday was implemented again during World War II to help feed Europe. In 2003, Meatless Monday was revived once again and has become a country & worldwide movement.
Families everywhere are making the commitment to go meatless one day a week – we have some Tasty Tuesday inspiration to help your family start your own tradition deliciously …