Whether it’s for environmental, ethical or health reasons, we all know that we should be eating less meat. Getting on board with Meat-Free Mondays (or sometimes Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays) is easier than you think, especially with these yummy and easy recipes. Even the most committed meat-eaters will be happy – and might not even realise they aren’t getting meat.
Crunch and munch
One of the secrets to delicious veggie cooking is to try cuisines that are normally very low in meat. Asian dishes are great place to start. We love this crunchy Thai peanut and quinoa salad from Cookie + Kate. The fresh carrots and cabbage are so pretty and vibrant, the quinoa fills you up and is a source of protein (cutting down on meat CAN still be a balanced, healthy way to eat) and the peanut dressing is crunchy and tasty. This is a perfect summer supper, and works well for lunchboxes the next day.
For the people who claim that they just can’t live without meat, this mushroom stroganoff by Gimme Some Oven is a must. It is bursting with savoury umami flavour from the mushrooms and Worcestershire sauce. Plus, it’s super quick and easy – great for a quick supper after a long day at the office.
One pot wonder
This broccoli and cheese baked potato casserole recipe by Trial and Eater is super convenient. All you need to wash up afterwards is a chopping board and baking dish. Simply toss uncooked potatoes with herbs and veggies and let everything cook together happily. Sprinkle some cheese on top for the last 10 minutes, and you are done!
The next time you light up the braai, try Jamie Oliver’s griddled vegetables and feta with tabbouleh. Chargrilling the feta makes it lovely and creamy in the middle, while it’s crispy on the outside. It’s packed with fresh herbs for flavour and plenty of veggies, so you can get your five a day.
Have you been to the new Checkers at Fourways Mall? It’s got amazing fresh fruit and veggies!