Although it's great to see "Meatless Monday" get a lot of attention, it is most distressing to me to see how fat-ladden and unhealthy so many of the recipes proclaimed "Heart Healthy" are. Here's a bunch collected (I guess) using "Healthy Recipe Finder" and collected on Women's Health as "Meatless Monday: Valentine's Day the Vegetarian Way." Let's take a look at the amount of fat per serving (as listed):
"French Toast with Vanilla Bourbon and Carmelized Bananas:" 17.9 grams of fat, 478 calories
"Baby Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pistachios:" 52 grams of fat per serving, 572 calories, (16.5 grams of saturated fat per serving, more than the American Heart Association recommends for a woman PER DAY)
"Portobello Caps Stuffed with Chili Polenta and Cheese:" 9.1 grams of fat per serving
"Ravioli and Lemon Chive Sauce:" 15.7 grams of fat per serving, 8.7 grams of saturated fat (oh, and two-thirds a day's worth of sodium, according to the AHA)
"Expresso Granita:" 7 grams of fat
This "cozy" dinner for two amounts to a whopping 101.7 grams of fat per serving. Putting this into a heart-healthy perspective, Ornish and Esselstyn (who reversed heart disease) recommend around 14 to 24 grams of fat per day. The total for this meal, per serving, is FOUR times the high end. Or, go conservative with the American Heart Association, recommending a range of 50 to 70 grams of fat per day, and you're around 1 1/2 times to double that amount.
Excessive sodium, extremely high fat, over a day's worth of saturated fat (hell, I didn't even bother to look at sugar per serving), and we've got an example of what's killing both women and men in this country. Heart Disease, Obesity, Hypertension, Diabetes... all are invited by meals such as this one and it's truly sad.
Just because it's meatless, doesn't mean it's healthy. IMHO, it's a lousy way to show your love for someone by promoting an onslaught on their entire cardiovascular system. This isn't moderation, this is suicide. These recipes do not belong on Women's Health any more than does a bottle of Jack Daniels advertisement in an AA pamplet, and I gotta admit, rarely have I been so surprised by doing the numbers. But, the math doesn't lie (or exaggerate).