Regular readers know that I’m a huge fan of Meatless Monday. This doesn’t mean that I can put my hand on my heart and swear I never eat meat on Mondays – it’s more because Meatless Monday reminds my family and I to ensure we have at least one meat free day each week. Whether it’s Tuesday, Friday or even actually Monday, making sure we leave meat out of our diets at least one day each week benefits our health, our budget and our planet.
To be honest, one meatless day has tended to lead to another in our house. There are so many delicious vegetarian options, meat has become less the focus of every meal and more of a considered choice that we enjoy from time to time.
Meat consumption really is something we have to consider as a nation and as a planet. Did you know that it is estimated that it takes 1,847 US Gallons of water to produce just one pound of beef? Pork comes in slightly lower at 718 gallons per pound; chicken needs 518 gallons per pound. Researchers at MIT believe that by 2050 more than half the world’s population will live in water stressed areas. Cutting back on our meat consumption can have a profound effect on changing this future. Every meal counts. So even if you can’t do a whole day without meat, just try eating the odd vegetarian meal. It’s easier – and much more delicious – than you might think!
Here are some of my family’s favourite Meatless Monday recipes – frankly they are recipes that we enjoy them all week long!
A pasta dish with a seriously flavourful sauce, Pasta alla Norma is chock full of delicious, healthy vegetables.
Perfect for busy days, My Vegan Pad Thai is light, delicious, comfort food that takes hardly any time at all to put together.
My Easy Vegetarian Quiche is one of the easiest quiches I have ever made. It’s also the most popular!
Fresh, spring flavours and a delicate lemon sauce make my Spaghetti Primavera al Limone something really special.
I hope these delicious, nutritious Meatless Monday recipes will encourage you to give one meatless day a week a try – and if you already enjoy meatless meals, I hope these recipes will be a welcome addition to your menu plan!
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