Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn celebrate Meatless Monday in Panera Bread’s “Food Interrupted” series

Tune in to watch Kevin Curry and Rip Esselstyn show how easy it is to swap beans for beef and cook up a meatless chili for a table of hungry firemen in busy Los Angeles County. Meatless Monday is front and center in today’s “Food Interrupted” episode produced by Panera Bread to demonstrate their commitment to plant-forward and meatless meals. Kevin Curry, influencer and author of “Fit Men Cook,” hosts the series and is joined in the episode by the creator of plant-forward The Engine 2 Diet, and former fireman, Rip Esselstyn.

The “Food Interrupted,” series which began on October 16, will run for six weeks. Each episode addresses a different aspect of the food system, covering topics like sugar, whole grains, meatless, clean food, and others. Rip shared his reasons for diving into the meatless lifestyle after a fellow firemen was a heart attack waiting to happen, “We started eating a plant based diet and the results were insane!”

But wait, there’s more! From November 28th to January 7th, a meatless Tex Mex Abundance Bowl created by Kevin Curry will be available in five Panera Bread locations in New York City. For those not in New York, meatless menu options will also be featured in the over 2,000 Panera Bread locations across the country. Kevin is convinced, “If you can get six hearty firemen to eat this, then I think you can probably get other people to do it too!”

So check out this week’s episode featuring Meatless Monday then visit a Panera Bread location near you and enjoy a plant-based meal that’s good for you and good for the planet. Tell them, “Meatless Monday sent me!”