The Meatless Monday Campaign, which is a national health effort aimed at preventing heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, has become increasingly popular over the last few years. The vegetarian initiative highlights the fact that the body can't store excess protein, and if you consume more protein than you need, you'll just eliminate it through your urine and put an extra strain on your kidneys to metabolize it. Atkins-smackins, right?
Ready to say sayonara to that steak for the day (or celebrate your everyday vegetarianism) and find out why thousands of civilians and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Alicia Silverstone support the meat-free holiday weekly? Here are some healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes to inspire you and remind you that you won't miss meat.