Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, Meat Free Monday is a campaign aimed at raising awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, preserve precious natural resources, consider animal welfare and improve their own health by having at least one meat free day each week.
But being vegan, every day is meat free for me.
Here are just a few of my recent meals to show you how varied, colourful and easy it is to go meat free
Many more restaurants and cafes now have meat free options. I visited one a few days ago called Chocks Away, at Nottingham City airport in Tollerton. The owner and chef Alison just happens to be vegan so the meat free options are expanding.
With a bit of imagination and some store cupboard staples it’s relatively easy to rustle up some delicious and quick meals
This was a very quick veggie rice salad, using a packet of microwaveable rice. Just open the packet (no need to heat up) tip into a large bowl, add a tin of drained mixed beans for protein (any tinned beans will do; chickpeas, cannellini, butter beans etc), bulk out with your favourite salad veg, I used cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives and celery. But you could add beetroot, avocado, peas and sweetcorn, radishes etc. I finished with a simple dressing of 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or apple cider/balsamic vinegar) and a good handful of fresh chopped herbs like mint, parsley or coriander. It will make enough for 4 very hungry people, or 6 as side dish
Some of last weeks meals included
I hope some of my ideas have inspired you to try being meat free for one day at least