Melanie Sykes - Meat Free Monday

Plan Your Weekly Shop: Meat Free Monday Meal Ideas

We have been told that eating too much meat, particularly processed meats, like sausages and ham can increase the likelihood of developing cancers; and we have also been warned that the burgeoning population’s demand for food, and in particular meats, is likely to send greenhouse gases soaring. Factors like these can only increase the trend towards vegetarian and especially vegan diets.


Meat free Monday is an international campaign that encourages us all to have at least one meat free day a week. The idea being that this is healthier, both for us and the planet, and it also to encourage people to incorporate more meat free dishes into their everyday diet. The great thing about this has been the emergence of new and exciting recipes that offer all the substance, flavour and texture of a meat based dish, only without the meat.  


Here are a few of fantastic recipes from our favourite food bloggers for you to make at home:


Penne Pomodoro with Vegan ‘Tuna’ from Green Kitchen Stories


This recipe uses overnight soaked sunflower seeds to create the texture of tuna, combined with a zingy pomodoro sauce and gluten free penne pasta. This a child and budget friendly recipe that could easily become a firm family favourite.


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Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto from Cookie + Kate


Risotto feels deliciously indulgent on it’s own, but sweet roasted butternut squash and crispy sage leaves take this dish to another level. This recipe uses brown rice for added nutrition and can be baked as well as stove cooked.


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Balsamic Roasted Roots and Spinach Sauce from Sprouted Kitchen


There’s nothing quite like roasting for bringing out the natural sweetness of vegetables and there is no reason why roasted veg cannot be enough on their own, without the accompaniment of meat. This recipe combines deliciously roasted carrots and beets, with a garlicky spinach sauce.


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Battered Halloumi and Chips from Delicious From Scratch


If you are looking for a meat free recipe that you can get the whole family on board with, then this is the one. The perfect vegetarian take on traditional British fish and chips, this fun recipe combines the lovely saltiness of halloumi with fresh spicy home cooked chips and coriander peas. If you’re cooking for little ones, just leave out the chilli!


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