Whether or not you’ve heard of Meatless Monday, the title pretty much sums up the point of this global movement. Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 and is a non-profit initiative with the goal of decreasing meat consumption by 15% both for the health of the planet and, of course, for you.
We live in the age of the internet; where it only a takes a minute for breaking news to reach us. We are surrounded by news on a daily basis, and unless you’ve been living under a rock or choose not to believe in climate change, you will be very aware of the effect that meat consumption is having on our planet. Please don’t take this as me trying to tell you ‘not to eat’ meat – I’m not – I’m just wanting to share awareness for something I feel strongly about; and if you’re interested, a way to help lower your carbon footprint. For the record, I am not a vegetarian. I would love to be vegetarian, unfortunately meat happens to be my favourite food and I am struggling hugely to give it up completely. But, maybe I will get there one day.
But back to Meatless Mondays, as the title reads, the initiative is to encourage people to eat meatless one day a week, breakfast, lunch and dinner. It doesn’t have to be a Monday, it can be any day of your liking. If you’re a 7 day a week meateater (like I was) the thought of ‘what can I eat instead of meat’ comes to mind very, very quickly. That’s where I hope to jump in. I know how hard it is reinvent the way you cook and eat, even if it just one day a week. Trust me, it doesn’t need to be all tofu, or fake meat alternatives, I feel this is where a vegetarian diet gets a bad name.
There are so many delicious vegetarian meals out there, pasta, pizza, salad, risottos and curry. All of these you can make without meat and not even notice the meat is missing. A meal that doesn’t need meat to ‘make’ the dish will always be better than your veggie burger. The disappointment of veggie burgers……. why do I keep doing it to myself?
I have mentioned in previous posts how much I enjoy cooking. Since I was young, I was getting in the kitchen, helping my dad decorate the salad and watching and learning from my mum. Cooking is my happy place, and I’ve been loving cooking veggie meals. But I do miss making extravagant things like beef wellingtons, and the whole day commitment of making a freaking epic steak and ale pie. I don’t want to sugar coat this transition; for me its hard! I read so many blogs about how easy it was for people to give up meat and that they don’t miss it and then subsequently go vegan. Meanwhile, I’m over here, stuffing my face with cheese so I don’t eat the delicious-smelling rotisserie chicken in the supermarket. I can’t help but jealously think that they’re either lying through their teeth or never really ate much meat in the first place.
But back to my post… I am going to be doing a lot more recipe posts, hopefully weekly, inspired by Meatless Mondays; be that to help people who are in the same boat as myself, people who are wanting to lower their meat intake on a weekly basis or for whoever just fancies a yummy spinach and artichoke lasagne for dinner. I will also share my veggie progress -and after a substantially epic fail over the Christmas period, I am finally back on track and have been meat free for a few weeks now.
This post is not sponsored by Meatless Monday in any way, I just feel it’s a fantastic initiative and wanted to give it some recognition. You can read more about Meatless Mondays here if you’re interest in learning more.
Until next time,