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Meatless Monday

Impressive Meatless Monday Supper of Mushroom Bourguignon, a rich wintry style stew served on stacked rounds of Stoneground Coarse Grits with BarrieBeau Herb Rub Herbes de Provence.

A side note of history to add validation to my ongoing food posts, During World War I, US President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for every Tuesday to be meatless and for one meatless meal to be observed every day for a total of nine meatless meals each week, while, in addition, Saturday in each week should further be observed as a day upon which there should be no consumption of pork products.

The United States Food Administration (USFA) urged families to reduce consumption of key staples to help the war effort and avoid rationing. Conserving food would support U.S. troops as well as feed populations in Europe where food production and distribution had been disrupted by the war. To encourage voluntary rationing, the USFA created the slogan “Food Will Win the War” and coined the terms "Meatless Tuesday" and "Wheatless Wednesday” to remind Americans to reduce intake of those products.

Meatless Monday is part of the Healthy Monday initiative. The program follows the nutrition guidelines developed by the USDA. Healthy Monday encourages Americans to make healthier decisions at the start of every week.

Monday is typically the beginning of the work week, the day when individuals settle back into their weekly routine. Habits that prevailed over the weekend can be forgotten and replaced by other choices. A weekly reminder to restart healthy habits also encourages success.

On April 6, 2010, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to officially declare Mondays to be "meat free", calling it their Vegetarian Day. Several other countries have meat-free days as well.

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