Meatless Monday

On March 19, 2012, RIT Dining Services, in partnership with RIT sustainability leaders, kicked off our participation in the national Meatless Monday campaign! Look for the Meatless Monday logo next to special meatless dishes in the following dining locations: Brick City Café, RITZ Sports Zone, Commons, Gracie’s, and Café & Market at Crossroads. Our Meatless Monday specials join our vegetarian menus and options offered every day – not just Mondays! See our Special Diet & Healthy Options page and each location's online menus for daily vegetarian options. Like RIT Dining Services on Facebook and stay tuned for more news as we develop our participation in the Meatless Monday campaign!

Forget a low carb diet, try a low carbon diet! Going meatless once a week has a number of health and environmental benefits including reducing your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity, as well as reduces your carbon footprint by saving resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. Learn more about the benefits of going meatless and how you can practice sustainability at RIT and in your daily routines.

Meatless Recipes

To celebrate our participation in the Meatless Monday campaign, RIT Dining Services introduced our new Vegetarian Cashew Chili recipe with plans to introduce more special meatless recipes next year. Click the recipe names below and enjoy these dishes at home today!

Vegetarian Cashew Chili - a flavorful, savory chili that’s filling and healthy. Carbon Check: Overall, a meat chili recipe has 32.8 lbs. more CO2 equivalents than the vegetarian chili recipe. Per portion, a meat recipe has 1.56 lbs. more CO2 equivalents than the vegetarian version. Learn more about greenhouse gas equivalencies calculations.

Bean Salad with Balsamic-Lime Dressing - submitted by the RIT Student Sustainability Committee. This simple, yet tasty salad makes a fresh and healthy meal or side! Look for this recipe in select dining locations fall 2012!

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad - featured at the Imagine RIT festival, this black bean salad is made with nutrient dense quinoa grains.

View even more healthy recipes on our SmartNutrition recipes page!

About Meatless Monday

The concept of meatless days was first introduced by Presidents Wilson, Truman, and Roosevelt who rallied the nation with voluntary meatless days during both world wars to reduce the consumption of key staples to aid the war effort. The American tradition was revitalized in 2003 by former ad man turned health advocate, Sid Lerner, who introduced Meatless Monday as a public health awareness campaign. The initiative was backed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future and has turned into a global movement with a wide network of participating hospitals, schools, worksites, and restaurants around the globe. By cutting out meat once a week, we can improve our health, reduce our carbon footprint and lead the world in the race to reduce climate change. Visit the Meatless Monday website for more information!