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Meat Free Week – Go On and Check it Out

So on the weekend, I was explaining to my meat-loving friends that Elly and Mia have chosen not to eat meat anymore – explanation required after the unusual turning down of a delicious looking beef sausage. “They’ll eat fish and seafood but no chicken/turkey, beef, lamb or pork” I said. This was met with collective gasps, shocked expressions and many questions: What do you feed them? Aren’t you worried that they won’t get enough iron? Why, why would they do that? And so it went….

You see at the time of this friendly interaction of complete and utter disbelief, we were at a get together just outside Melbourne indulging in what can best be described as a meat-fest, a homage to meat, a carnivore’s cloud nine: a whole lamb and several barbeques stuffed with beef, a little gravy and a couple of bread rolls. It was an interesting place to be having a discussion about the virtues of a meatless diet…..

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not a vegetarian or a pescatarian (like the girls who only eat fish), but I have enjoyed the challenge of eating less meat in my search for great tasting nutritious meals for my babies. It’s more than possible to have a well balanced diet without meat – iron from lentils, chickpeas, beans, spinach, dried apricots; protein from dairy, eggs, legumes, avocado, nuts and seeds; and other essentials from loads of fruit and vegetables.

And as luck would have it, this week is national Meat Free Week. Meat Free Week is encouraging just that, no meat for a week to see how you feel (among other things, it’s worth a look at the site). It doesn’t matter that it’s Wednesday and you’ve missed a couple of days – it’s never too late to do something that’s good for you and support good eating and farming practices. On the site you’ll find loads of fantastic meat free recipes, but just in case you’re hankering for some light, healthy Moodie meat free recipes, choose from these easy little numbers:

Luscious Lentil Soup – fantastic rib sticker that’s just so good for you

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella Pizza – you can’t go past a good pizza and if you can’t be bothered making the base, just buy a lite pita bread on your way home
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Curried Kumara (sweet potato) Soup – gorgeous thick, tasty soup that’s great for lunch or dinner

Spanish Eggs – my favourite standby for when I’m really tired but need something yum

Red Pumpkin Curry – Earthy pumpkin infused with coconut, chilli, lime, ginger and coriander curry

Coconut Udon Noodle Soup – warm, coconutty noodly soup just waiting to be eaten

Vegetarian Moussaka – layers of roasted eggplant, zucchini and potato in a rich tomato sauce and topped with light bechamel and cheese

Mushroom Pappardelle - sauteed mushrooms and leeks in a garlic sauce served on thick ribbons of pappardelle pasta

Lemony Fresh Risotto - creamy risotto infused with lemon, garlic and a hit of chilli

Chilli con Patata - vegetarian Chilli con Carne!

And if that isn’t enough for you to be getting on with, here are some other vege focussed sites that are definitely worth a look:

Veggie Mama
Veggie Num Num
Cooking with Kurma
The Screaming Artichoke

How often do you eat meat a week? Would you find it hard to go meat free for 7 days?

Happy eating!




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