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Meatless Monday: Baked Penne With Roasted Vegetables

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

So you don’t eat meat on Mondays. Or maybe you don’t eat meat ever. But tell the truth on this one — does eating less meat mean you eat more vegetables? Or do you subscribe to the pizza-and-beer-are-vegetarian philosophy? They are meatless after all, but mom was right about vegetables. You need to eat more of them.

Eating more vegetables shouldn’t be too hard; eat a salad with dinner, snack on crudite, or ask for a side of broccoli instead of fries. But eating more vegetables doesn’t mean that you now have to snack like a rabbit. You can easily add vegetables to the food you like anyway — pizza, lasagna, sandwiches — so you get a filling, comforting meal, plus all the good stuff that comes from vegetables, like vitamins and fiber and all that.

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