Meatless Monday – Quinoa Fried Rice

The recent World Health Organization report about the carcinogenic effects of processed meats puts them in the same category as cigarettes- a pretty bold statement! There has long been a correlation with red meat and processed meats and colon cancer, but this new report directly classifies processed meat as carcinogenic as there is significant evidence that consumption causes colorectal cancer (1). How much is too much? According to the report,  “each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%” (1). 50 grams may seem like a lot, though it converts to ~0.1 pound- equivalent to a couple of thinly sliced pieces of deli meat. The next question commonly asked, what is considered processed meat? Processed meat includes all meat that has been cured, smoked, salted or processed in any way- think hot dogs, sausage, beef jerky, ham, pepperoni etc.

For me, this report was a serious wake up call. My diet needs some improvement. Sure, I try to eat healthy most of the time, though I realized I do eat my fair share of processed meats. Wasn’t that chicken sausage and organic black forest ham healthy? Err….not so much.

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Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas

Im always looking for quick, healthy meals to prepare for my family. It can be challenging to incorporate veggies, lean protein and whole grains into your meals, while still appealing to non veggie loving husbands and toddlers!

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These roasted vegetable quesadillas came together in about 20 minutes, and I had a slew of leftover roasted veggies to repurpose throughout the rest of the week. You could try a roasted veggie sandwich, add to a salad, or combine with a lean protein for dinner.

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