I have always supported the idea of Meatless Monday and love cooking vegetarian dishes. I firmly believe that we in the Western World eat far more meat than we need to, and that the pressure it puts on our health and the environment is unsustainable. Research has shown that a global reduction in meat consumption can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity as well as reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gases. So today I want to provide you with a bit of Meatless Monday inspiration!
Getting started with Meatless Monday can be easy. Just follow these simple tips:-
Take it one meal at a time. If a whole day meat free is too much to start with, just try one meal. Every step forward helps.
Kids don’t like vegetables? Try serving them drizzled with a bit of butter or olive oil. A bit of healthy fat never hurt anyone and it really does enhance their flavour.
Be inspired by great vegetarian cooks. The late Linda McCartney’s recipe books are wonderful and there are some excellent vegetarian magazines out there including Vegetarian Living. Denis Cotter of the wonderful Cafe Paradiso in Ireland is another vegetarian chef who has written several excellent books. The Vegetarian Society also offers fantastic recipes and advice.
Give some of my deliciously easy recipes a try:-
Introducing more meat free meals into your family’s diet can only be a good thing! I hope this Meatless Monday inspiration will encourage you to reduce the amount of meat in your diet and if you are already giving up meat one day a week, I hope it will help add variety to your menu plan.
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