By not eating meat, you can limit your risk of cancer, reduce heart disease, fight diabetes, curb obesity, live longer, and improve your diet. I am no dietitian but from what I understand of diabetes, (I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies), that diets high in protein are better at managing diabetes. Where does protein come from? Oh yeah....meat! As far as curbing obesity, get outside and go for a walk and quit eating fast food every day of the week. As far as living longer, both of my paternal great grandmas lived well into their 90's, my great Aunt is 86 and still going strong as well. Guess what they eat (or ate) everyday? You guessed it meat!
Since I'm feeling rather feisty today, and I totally disagree with all of the meatless Monday propaganda, I am initiating my own Monday plan. Introducing to the Rambling Ranch Wife, starting today, every Monday is Meat Eater Monday. I will be sharing beef facts and recipes made with beef. (No offense to lamb, pork, and chicken producers, all awesome forms of meat, I'm just sticking with what I know)!
According to Beef Magazine, Here are six reasons to include meat in your diet:
In honor of our first Meat Eater Monday, I'm sharing with you my favorite Meatloaf recipe. It is from the Country Women Magazine, reprinted in Spend The Day With Beef cookbook by the Nevada Cattlewomen.
Sweet and Sour Meatloaf
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 c. dry bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp/ dried minced onions
15 oz tomato sauce, divided
reserved tomato sauce
2 tbs. brown sugar
2 tbs. vinegar
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. prepared mustard
Mix together beef, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and eggs. Add onions and 1/2 can of tomato sauce. Form into a loaf in a 9x5x3 pan. Bake at 350* for 50 minutes. In a sauce pan, combine topping ingredients; bring to a boil. Pour over meatloaf and bake 10 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.
You can put some potatoes in the oven the same time as the meatloaf, and have baked potatoes with it. Serve with a nice salad and you have a complete meal!