Inspired by Meatless Monday, a campaign encouraging people to cut back on their meat consumption one day a week, TakePart's "Meat-Free on Mondays" series will give you every reason you need to skip the steak.
By going vegetarian one day a week, you reduce your carbon footprint, expand your palate, and improve your health. Plus, going meatless is just plain kind to animals.
Insalata Caprese, a fresh and fragrant snack concocted by Shawna Newberry of Would Rather Gather, kicks off our new series. Shawna calls her variation of an Italian staple "a scant seven ingredients to heaven, and beyond simple to prepare." Using no animal products, the healthy delicacy is also 100 percent vegan.
Traditionally made with mozzerella, this recipe swaps in cookie-cuttered slices of medium-firm tofu for a similar creamy effect. The balsamic reduction requires a little extra patience, but the painstaking is worthwhile, and the rest of the prep is a breeze.
Find the full recipe here at Would Rather Gather.
For more good and good-for-you recipes, check out our budget-friendly series, Get Hungry, here.