How we eat is an expression of who we are and, sometimes, what we believe in.
In 1981, the United Nations declared Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace, according to the UN website.
As it happens, this year’s day falls on Meatless Monday. One of the best ways to learn about a culture is through its food. You can practice world peace and vegetarian eating with some of these recipes and methods.
The Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, starts with a big meal before fasting. Some traditional recipes include sweet blintzes and savory spreads, both of which are vegetarian.
For those who practice, Lent is the period leading up to Easter. Some give up certain foods or abstain from red meat on Fridays, but there are other ways to show mindfulness while eating.
Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, is a time for feasting, spending time with family and coming home for billions of people. Foods like dumplings and long noodles symbolize longevity while citrus fruits are said to bring prosperity.
In the colder weeks ahead, warm up with easy miso soup, a traditional Japanese dish.
As it turns out, not all curries are made the same. There’s actually a difference between Indian and Thai curries.
Mexican-style food is one of the most easy foods to modify and make vegetarian, like these black bean tacos.
No matter what you like, it’s possible to eat a little more mindfully. These tips will help.