MEAT FREE MONDAY by foodyfaheema

South Africa is joining the global move to encourage people to have at least one day a week free of meat. It’s a small move with a big impact on the Environment, on Animals and most importantly on YOUR Health. This week I decided to bring this topic to your attention not only because I am in full support thereof but also to raise awareness and encourage you to in fact take part in the running of this campaign. The advantages that comes with this one meat-free day per week are numerous. As for the aspect of Health, cutting out meat one day for the week will help prevent four of the leading causes of death namely: Heart disease, Stroke, Diabetes and Cancer. At the same time, reducing our meat consumption will help reduce excess weight and Obesity and with todays unhealthy lifestyles led by many, loosing weight is often the aim of most individuals (with an exception to some) being a part of this campaign can help you do so. Other advantages includes Positively contributing to the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,  Protecting our animals as they endure traumatic experiences during slaughtering and towards Combating World Hunger.
I’m sure people are asking WHY Mondays? Well, It has been recognised that adding a time factor to a message of this sort helps people to change their behaviour in addition to the memorable alliteration of “meat & monday”. Also, Mondays are traditionally the “start health eating” day of the week for most people and many find themselves going to a Gym on a Monday, with MEAT FREE MONDAY, it’s a bit like going to gym but with the added advantage of protecting your planet! An thee best part of all…its absolutely FREE! So the next time you find yourself planning your menu for the week, think about it, excluding meat for just that one day is a start to having even more meatless days per week. So either way you are benefiting yourself and contributing to the advantages mentioned. With this said, I do not see reason for anyone not to participate in a campaign like this and even though some of us need all the meat we can get (lol) excluding it for at least one day can be the start of a healthier you!
In addition to the theory I have included an exciting, easy to prepare recipe that can serve as a delicious meal to a family of four! by preparing the meal on specifically a Monday, you are automatically contributing to this purpose. ENJOY!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

1 large red onion, peeled and cut into 6 wedges
1 large yellow pepper, seeded and cut into wedges
1 tomato, deseeded and cut into 6 wedges
1 courgette, washed and thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, skin on
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp mild curry paste
125g basmati rice, washed under cold water
500ml hot vegetable stock
1 star anise
1 tsp tumeric
2 tbsp chopped corriander
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley
Salt & pepper for seasoning


Heat the oven to 190 degrees*
Place all the vegetables into a large roasting tin, sprinkle the olive oil over and thoroughly making sure all the vegetables are coated.
Cook in the hot oven for 20 mins until all the vegetables are cooked through and beginning to brown.
Stir in the curry paste, rice, stock, star anise, and tumeric. Cook for a further 20- 30 minutes until all the stock is absorbed.
Stir in the herbs and serve. (serves 4)

And Vwolaaaaaaaaah! you have a delicious meat free curry!
Remember, it’s never too late or even too early to change our eating habits for the better. foodyfaheema.

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