Let’s Celebrate

Celebrate? On a Monday? What!?

You bet! Smile Come on friends, let’s get ready to celebrate! Winking smile

And no, we are not celebrating the fact that I am one exam closer to being finished midterms… (even though that’s definitely something to celebrate!)

Instead, we are celebrating Food Day and something new that I will be doing once per week Smile

Since most of us are foodies here, I am sure that the topic of Food Day is familiar to the majority us, but if you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s what it’s all about:

Well first off, Food Day is today! So, Happy Food Day one and all Winking smile

Food Day is a day of celebration which is rallying towards a more healthy, affordable, and sustainable diet. Today, many organizations are taking part in Food Day through food drives, providing cooking lessons and nutrition classes in order to motivate individuals to make healthier choices!

When I first heard of Food Day, I was absolutely enthused and wanted to take part! I think it’s amazing that Food Day has been created. Promotion of living a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle is what I live for! In one of the foods and nutrition courses that I took last year, we learnt so much about sustainability! Because of this course, I became much more aware of what I put into my body and where it came from.

One of the things I love most about living in London is that there are numerous restaurants that base their menus on foods that are local; therefore, seasonally available! It’s great to see restaurants taking part in the motion of moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle and food system Smile

Anyway, getting back on track…

I have been hearing of Food Day for a while now and began to think how I, little Meg, could take part…

It wasn’t too long before I knew exactly what I would do Smile

For a while now, I have been more and more interested in the vegetarian and vegan diet. I find it fascinating and every type of vegetarian or vegan meal that I have ever tried has tasted fabulous! However; my love for fish, chicken, and many other non-vegetarian and non-vegan items are much more important to me than adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet (sorry if I offended any of my readers, but I respect each of you for whatever diet you may be following!)

So how was I going to further my interest without actually committing to a vegetarian or vegan diet?

Well, I thought Meatless Monday was a pretty fascinating initiative to take part of Smile Meatless Monday is a program that promotes starting your week with “healthy, environmentally friendly meat-free alternatives”.

I loved the idea, focus, and goals of the initiative, so I started to read more about meat-free options…

One of my main concerns was that my meatless meal wouldn’t contain the amount of protein I needed it to (I consume a higher amount of protein since I lift weights and am looking for gains). Due to my concern, I was determined to create a meatless meal that had adequate protein for my needs and was delicious (obviously) Winking smile

I was successful Open-mouthed smile And am so excited to share my first Meatless Monday meal with all of my bloggy friends Open-mouthed smile

I hope all of you approve (especially my non-meat eater readers!!)

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Tofu, Lentils, and Kale with Tahini Dressing

1 cup lentils

2.5 oz. tofu, cubed

handful kale, washed and torn

1 tsp tahini

1 tsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

2 tsp low sodium soy sauce

Mix first three ingredients together. Combine remaining ingredients and blend together. Toss dressing over lentil mixture.

I was really impressed with this meal Smile I am definitely making it again! I am also looking forward to my next Meatless Monday! It was fun playing around and developing an entire meal containing no meat Smile Very different from what I am used to, but I enjoyed it so much!

For more information on Food Day check it out here

For more information on Meatless Monday check it out here or here (Canadian)


Some school updates for all of my fellow RD’s to be (and for those who are interested of course!):

I wrote my first third year midterm today! Much different than any type of exam I wrote last year. I feel like it went OK. I was really worried about the case study as they can be tricky and we had to know several formula’s, but it was easy peasy! Along with the case study, there was multiple choice and fill in the blank. Some questions were tricky, but I knocked all of the questions involving deficiencies and diagnosis out of the ball park Winking smile It feels so good when you know you are circling the correct answer Open-mouthed smile 

Do you take part in Meatless Monday? I am now Open-mouthed smile
How many of my readers are vegetarian, vegan, etc.?
Favourite meatless source of protein?
I am loving that smoked tofu Open-mouthed smile But I also love any type of bean! I could eat black beans or garbanzo beans each and every day!
Did you celebrate Food Day?
Are you more drawn to restaurants if they use local/seasonal produce?

Well that’s all for tonight friends,

I have to study for my next exam which is on Thursday!

Have a good night loves!



About Meg (A Dash of Meg)

Hello, my name is Meg. I am a 20-year-old passionate Foods & Nutrition student on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian who loves food, cooking, fitness, seafood, and a nice cup of tea.

Posted on October 24, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Gardein makes really good meat substitutes! I also loooove tofu of all kinds!

    I think taking a few days off from eating meat is a good plan, especially if you’re not interested in completely eliminating it.

  2. I celebrated food day too! 🙂 what a great holiday, eh? But I’m way too much of a carnivore to be a vegan or vegetarian haha I eat fish and chicken like it’s my job 😉
    I think my favorite meatless source of protein is either cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or garbanzo beans nummy!!
    Good luck studying!! I know you’ll rock that exam 😀

  3. looks great! my hubby and i started a vegetarian challenge almost 4 months ago. we wanted to do it for a month…and then we just decided not to stop!

  4. Happy Food Day!
    I love the idea of Meatless Monday and I’m constantly working to show my meat-eating friends how easy and beneficial it can be to cut out meat once a week. I’m vegan, but I definitely respect that it isn’t the right diet for everyone!
    I’d say your first meatless monday meal was a HUGE success! It looks delicious and is full of protein! I usually get my protein from beans/lentils, nuts/nut butters, and tofu or tempeh. Plus, Gardein’s faux meats are awesome! If you have access to them, I definitely recommend that you give them a try! (:

  5. I don’t make a conscious decision to participate in meatless monday but it just seems to work out that way!!

    I’m not a vegetarian or vegan but I do eat a primarily plant based diet. I’m not against eating meat by any means I just prefer a plant based diet!

    I am a HUGE bean eater and would say they are my main source of protein…But soy milk, greek yogurt, quinoa, eggs, fish and nut butters all make fairly regular appearances in my diet…

    Everyday is food day in my world 😉

    I’m so glad you found me!

  6. I definitely need to explore London more then.. name/recommend some places? 😀

  7. I rarely eat meat anyway, so I participate quite often without even realizing it! Did it today as a matter of fact 🙂 I used to be a vegetarian when I was in the dark hole of my eating disordered… but I only claimed that to avoid eating any food I didn’t want!

  8. Every day is Meatless Monday for me! Ha! Seriously though, I just did a post that’s going out tomorrow morning on protein and my diet. Seriously though, you read my mind in almost every post! Double check faux meats if you ever decide to try them. A lot of brands have all kinds of weird ingredients in them. Stick to legumes, quinoa, Greek yogurt, nuts, and tofu/tempeh. At least you will know what you’re putting in your body! I’m definitely trying this recipe. Thanks, girl!

    Happy food day! Enjoy your bedtime snack 🙂 …and good luck on your next exam! xo

  9. It sounds like you are dominating those midterms! Congrats! I might have to nab that recipe from you. I’m a vegetarian and I love finding new ways to incorporate protein into my meals. I love how you used tofu and beans, talk about a winning combo! 🙂

  10. vegan!!! you’re lucky to live in london! they have everything you’ll ever need for any type of diet!

  11. I basically used to be vegetarian as my mum was, so she never made meals with meat in for me. Whenever I ate out at a restaurant (probably once a month) I would always order chicken though! But when I met my husband he got me into eating lots of meat. I’ve only just started eating red meat, but I couldn’t live without my chicken four times a day!

  12. Ohhh–I would totally eat that! looks YUMMY! (I have always been a tofu fan tho)

  13. mmm I just made some tofu tonight! Love that tahini dressing!

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