#PickPeanutProtein: Go Nuts with Your Meatless Meals! Posted September 12, 2016 Calling all home cooks! Join Meatless Monday, The Peanut Institute and Natural Gourmet Institute (NGI) for an Instagram recipe contest this fall. To be entered to win, you must submit an original meatless entrée recipe that highlights peanuts and/or peanut butter as a main ingredient, along with a photograph of the final dish. You may submit the complete recipe within the photo caption, or provide a URL to the recipe online (e.g. personal website or blog). The vegetarian entrée may be for breakfast, lunch or dinner; must emphasize produce, legumes and/or whole grains; and be limited in refined grains and added sugars. Submissions will be accepted between Monday, September 12th, and Friday, September 30th. The winner will receive a brand new Vitamix blender and a hands-on cooking class at NGI! The winning recipe will also be featured in a nation-wide press release, as well as on all three partners’ websites and e-newsletters. To be entered to win, contestants must follow Meatless Monday, The Peanut Institute and Natural Gourmet Institute on Instagram, and use hashtag #PickPeanutProtein with their photo submission. Recipes will be judged on creativity, appearance, clarity, healthfulness and taste. *Please note that your Instagram profile must be public in order for your submission to be seen. Why #PickPeanutProtein? Recent research shows that substituting peanuts and peanut butter for red and processed meat can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and increase longevity! The latest evidence that supports the health value of reducing the amount of meat in your diet is a study from Harvard School of Public Health. The study, “Dietary Protein Intake and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in US Men and Women” found that substituting 5% of the calories in your diet from plant protein (legumes, peanuts, peanut butter, other nuts and whole grains) for an equal amount of animal protein resulted in a 19-23% reduced risk of diabetes. In the study, “whole grains and peanuts and peanut butter were the most commonly consumed major food sources of vegetable protein.” And we think we know why! Peanuts and peanut butter are a delicious, affordable and convenient way to pack protein into your day. By submitting your materials, you accept all contest rules and agree to be bound by the decisions of the judges, which will be final. You retain the copyright and other ownership rights in any submitted materials. However, by submitting materials to us, you automatically grant to us and to our affiliates the right to edit, adapt, publish, transfer and use any or all of them, without compensation, and without further consent or notice to you. By submitting materials, you warrant that the materials are original to you, and that the use, publication, and distribution of the materials by The Peanut Institute (TPI), Meatless Monday (MM), and the National Gourmet Institute (NGI) does not violate, misappropriate, or infringe any copyright, trade secret, or other intellectual property right of any other third party. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.