There is a day on the calendar to recognize almost any cause, food or sport you can think of. Wednesday is one of them. It is the Great American Meat Out. Are you a carnivore? Can you go without meat for the day? I’ve noticed more and more restaurants in the Naples, Fort Myers, and Cape Coral areas adding more and more plant based options to their menus, both vegan and vegetarian. To get you ready for a day without animal proteins on your plate, here are 5 tasty recipes for the Great American Meat Out and for TikTok Tuesday.

What is the purpose

The Great American Meat Out is a grassroots educational campaign focusing on diet, farming and animal issues. It began in 1985 and is now said to be one of the biggest diet education programs worldwide. The ideas is to encourage you to put less meat on your plate for a variety of reported health benefits. Also addressed in the movement is a bigger issue of the care and health of farm animals.

Regardless of your beliefs when it comes to these things almost every health expert says it’s important to pay attention to the quality of any food you put in your body. It is encouraged that you know how and where your produce was grown too. No meat is not a guarantee of a healthful meal either. It’s a big picture kind of thing.

Foregoing meat on Wednesday doesn’t mean we have to married to salad. A bean burrito sure sounds good. There are lots of great dishes that don’t feature meat and I’ve found a few. If you don’t have a TikTok account, don’t worry. I’ve made it easy to view by taking these links from mine. Simply scroll down and hit play from this post. In addition, all of these videos are office and kid friendly.

Enjoy these 5 tasty recipes for The Great American Meat Out

  • Ceviche Substitute

    I love a good ceviche. Fish is one of the main ingredients. However, you can create a version without the meat and without any of that fake meat too. This looks really good and tasty.

    @maxiskitchen

    Veggie ceviche tostadas✨ . For the Ceviche:▪️1/2 Cup Jicama, diced small▪️1/4 Cup Red Onion, diced small▪️1/2 of a Serrano Pepper, diced small ▪️1 Avocado, diced small▪️1/2 Cup Red Bell Pepper, diced small▪️1/2 Cup Frozen Corn, thawed▪️1/4 Cup Cilantro, minced▪️ . For the Dressing:▪️3 Limes▪️3 Tbsp Olive Oil▪️1/4 tsp Salt▪️1/4 tsp Pepper▪️1 Clove Garlic, grated▪️ . For the Tostadas: ▪️2 Tbsp Avocado Oil▪️6 Corn Tortillas▪️Kosher Salt▪️2 Tbsp Cotija Cheese▪️ . 🌱Vegan Modification: Leave out the cheese . 1️⃣ Preheat oven to 400°F (convection if you have it) and drizzle 2 Tbsp avocado oil on a baking sheet 2️⃣ Coat tortillas in oil on both sides, sprinkle with some salt, and bake for 7 minutes on the first side, flip and bake for 3-4 more minutes until golden brown and crispy (if you are not using convection you may have to cook a bit longer) 3️⃣ Mix together the ingredients for the dressing and set aside 4️⃣ Place ingredients for the ceviche in a bowl and pour the dressing on top; mix to evenly coat the veggies and serve on top of the tostadas with 1 tsp cotija cheese sprinkled on each one - enjoy! . ⏲25 minute total prep + cook time . Recipe makes 6 tostadas (serves 2-3 people as an appetizer or side dish) . #cookingtiktok #healthyrecipes #vegetarianrecipe #ceviche #easyrecipe #cookingtiktok

    ♬ Somewhere Only We Know - Gustixa & Rhianne
  • Chickpeas Instead Of Chicken

    You have probably heard of the so-called Marry Me Chicken dish. The old fashioned idea being that once a woman cooked it for her man he would propose because it was so good. Well the recipe concept is adapted here with a meat substitute. Try chic peas or garbanzo beans instead. Looks good.

    @liveeatlearn

    Win hearts and prepare to fall in love with these Marry Me Chickpeas! A vegetarian twist on Marry Me Chicken with a creamy Italian-style tomato sauce and nutritious chickpeas. 💍 #marrymechicken#chickpeasrecipe

    ♬ Real Love Baby - Father John Misty
  • One Pot Wonder

    If you don’t have a lot of time and need something quick and tasty. Check this one out. It doesn’t have meat but still looks to be filling. This could be one of those go-to meals when you are in a pinch.

    @erekasfood

    ONE-PAN VEGETARIAN ORZO BAKE! Ingredients: 1pint cherry tomatoes, 8oz of sliced mushroom, 1/2 bundle of broccolini florets ,1 small onion diced,1 tsp fresh rosemary,1 tsp fresh thyme, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 Tbsp olive oil,1lb orzo uncooked, 3 C veggie broth, 3 oz grated parm, 3/4 C shredded mozzarella

    ♬ original sound - Ereka Vetrini
  • Best Use Of Rice Paper

    Asian cuisine has lots of meat free dishes. Think veggie potstickers and stir fries. Delicious. This is a great way to get your veggies in and be creative at the same time.

    @cookingwithayeh

    Hands down my favourite recipe I’ve shared! It’s been over a year since I first posted them and you guys still send me comments and remakes to this day! Yep if you havnt guessed, Rice Paper Dumplings 🙌 They’re crispy and chewy with a yummy filling and are vegan too 💚 If you havnt tried them yet, run dont walk and make them! Full recipe is also on my website too with some easy tips to help, the link in my bio takes you straight there xxx #ricepaperdumplings #ricepaperdumpling #easyrecipe #vegan #easyrecipes

    ♬ The Latter Teens - Vansire
  • The Magic OF Mushrooms

    Wow does this look great. Mushrooms are fascinating. There are so many varieties and they are said to have lots of health benefits, even fried like this one. You’ll have to look for this variety but there are some local farmers that are doing some cool things with mushrooms.

    @_jacobking

    (vg) FRIED CHICK’N 🐔 written recipe below 👇🏾 EPISODE 1 of ✨MAGIC MUSHROOMS✨ - enoki mushrooms 👽 You can find enoki online or at your local East Asian/World Food store! 👇🏾ingredients👇🏾 -enoki mushrooms -1 cup vegan chicken stock (oxo) -1 cup soy milk -juice of 1/2 lemon -1/2 cup plain flour -1/4 cup cornflour -1 tsp garlic + onion powder each -1 tsp smoked paprika -1/2 tsp oregano, basil + thyme each -salt + pepper 👇🏾method👇🏾 -cut your enoki mushrooms into strips then simmer them in the stock until it reduces. -set the mushrooms aside and allow the them to cool and dry slightly. -separately mix the ingredients for the dry and wet batters then coat the mushroom in the wet batter and then the dry. -fry in hot oil for a few minutes each side, or until crispy and golden then place on a wire rack to remove the excess oil. -serve with your favourite dipping sauces and enjoy! #chicken #friedchicken #chickenwings #chickennuggets #mushroom #mushrooms #chickenrecipe #enoki #enokimushroom #enokimushrooms #tastyfood #veganrecipes #fyp #viral #mushroomart #series #vegan

    ♬ Lofi Vibes - Gentle State

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