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Celebrate National Vegan Month in Our Cafeterias

by: Sarah Carlson, MS, RD, LD

November is National Vegan Month which gives us an opportunity to think about incorporating Meatless Mondays into our menus.

For a balanced diet, it's a great idea to plan a plant-based day of meals.

This allows one to focus on eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. A meal filled with fruits and vegetables provides necessary nutrients and fiber that are often missing from the typical American diet.

The biggest concern is always - where do I get protein? That answer is simple. Many vegetables contain protein like beans and legumes. Peas are also a good source of plant-based protein. Protein can also be found in nuts and seeds. Tofu is not the only source of non-animal protein.

So what does a plant-based meal look like in school?

  • Try a veggie burger made from taco day leftovers like brown rice, black beans, corn, salsa and cilantro.

  • Top your salads with garbanzo beans instead of diced chicken (and leave the cheese, just this once).

  • Consider trying ready-made plant-based items, like Gardein meatless meatballs for your pasta bar.

So, in celebration of National Vegan Month, why not try these simple ways to easily incorporate plant-based entrees into your menu.

Veggie taco salad made with seasoned black beans, romaine lettuce, salsa, tortilla strips and vegan cheese.

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