Meatless Monday in the News

“I see Meatless Mondays as a fabulous opportunity to increase our intake of nutrient-dense vegetables and whole grains. Just because a meal is meatless, though, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. This isn’t a license to eat unlimited pasta, or potatoes the size of melons. Same goes for cookies, fries and chips: They may be meat-free, but they’re certainly not improving your diet – or the environment.”

- Molly Kimball in The Times, Picayune

“I love the org’s message: Americans eat way too much meat, and that overconsumption has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. For most, it’s unrealistic to go totally veggie, and Meatless Monday knows it. So the totally realistic compromise they’re advocating is to cut out meat one day a week.”

- Jenny Everett in SELF Magazine

“Meatless Monday makes good common sense, particularly for hotels wanting to anchor themselves with a green identity. A lot of restaurants and hotels already use local ingredients and produce. Meatless Monday is the next logical step.”

- Michelle Revuelta on Hotel Interactive

“Mario Batali, who pioneered the use of offal and other rarely used animal parts in his cooking at Babbo nearly two decades ago, is launching a new dining initiative that might come as a surprise: Meatless Mondays.”

- Matt Dukor on NBC's FEAST

“Foodies everywhere are buzzing about Mario Batali’s declaration that he is a ‘big believer in the Meatless Monday movement’ and his announcement that all 14 of his restaurants will offer at least two vegetarian options each and every Monday.”

- Karin Bennett on OPPOSING VIEWS

“Batali won’t be eliminating meat, but rather simply adding a couple of vegetarian entrees to the menu every Monday. Still, it’s a sign of the times or, at least, a sign of the path some are taking during these times.”

- Daniel Maurer on Grub Street

“World-renowned celebrity chef Mario Batali has just embraced vegetarian principlesor at least for one day of the week. In a bold move that’ll make your average pizza chef blush, Batali has just embraced Meatless Mondays.”

- Editor of Celebrity Diet Daily

“Some wonder whether a Meatless Monday might cut into needed protein requirements, but most Americans consume more than enough protein anyway and the vegetable kingdom is a rich source.”

- Dr. Chris Rosenbloom on Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“You certainly don’t need to eat meat to get protein. Meat is an important part of your diet, but you don’t need to eat it every day of the week.”

- Ralph Logiscili on

“Certain types of meat in moderation can be a tasty treat, but do we really need meat every day? Replacing meat with vegetables each Monday is a healthy way to get started on a healthier lifestyle.”

- eHow Member

“When you think about it, there are so many great alternatives. In Italian cooking, so many of the dishes are vegetarian already, and Thai and Chinese cuisine are the same. All it means is you have to think a bit about what you’ll eat that day — but it’s a fun challenge.”

- Paul McCartney on KTN ABC, Las Vegas

“You can make Monday the day to try something new by experimenting with an unknown spice, grain or plant-based protein. To ensure that your meal is an event to remember, plan out your menu over the weekend. You’ll save yourself the hassle of missing ingredients come Monday.”

- Tami O'Neill on Good Magazine