Meatless Monday – Join the Movement.
Everyone from Kelly Osborne to Oprah Winfrey, Joanna Lumley, Moby and Ricky Gervais have backed a growing movement called Meatless Monday. In the UK this movement is spearheaded by famous vegetarian Paul McCartney but in fact the idea is quite old.
During WWII the American FDA urged Americans to reduce their intake of key staples, meat being one of them, to help the war effort and slogans like ’Meatless Monday’ and ’Wheatless Wednesday’ were born. This campaign was reborn in 2003 but really started to gain traction around the world in 2009 when Paul McCartney and his daughters launched a ‘Meatfree Monday’ website with similar campaigns launched in Australia and Europe.
“I think many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world,” says Paul. “Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once. For instance, it not only addresses pollution, but better health, the ethical treatment of animals, global hunger and community and political activism.”
According to a UN report livestock are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transport. So if everyone went meatless on a Monday this would in fact be more effective than going car free once a week.
There is a lot of debate about the health benefits of a vegetarian diet but what most people agree on is that reducing our meat consumption can only be a good thing. So ease the family in with one meal a week and go meat free on a Monday. If not for health or environmental reasons your wallet will thank you for it.
Nourish are keen to get this movement going in New Zealand and have launched our own Meatless Monday campaign. Simply enter your details below and each Monday you’ll be sent a delicious new meat free recipe.
Facts
Livestock accounts for nearly half of our greenhouse emissions in NZ
Protein production through the consumption of livestock requires 8 times as many fossil fuels to be produced than protein derived from plants.

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HONEY SOY TOFU

Recipe & Images: EMMA GALLOWAY We all know honey is great used in sweet dishes, but it’s also delicious used in savoury dishes where its sweetness can help balance strong flavours. Serve with cooked greens for a more substantial meal. Serves 4 600g packet firm tofu, cubed olive or coconut oil for shallow frying 4…

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BLACK PEPPER GOUDA SPAGHETTI

Recipe: VICKI RAVLICH-HORAN | Images: ASHLEE DECAIRES A cross between cacio e pepe and carbonara, this is a super satisfying pasta that you can whip up at a moment’s notice. 500g spaghetti 5 large egg yolks 1 large egg 300g grated Meyer Black Pepper Gouda salt and extra cracked pepper In a large pot of…

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RISOTTO FUNGI PORCINI

Recipe: MEGAN PRISCOTT | Images: ASHLEE DECAIRES Risotto is a real go-to meal for us. I am a huge fan of Ferron rice. It is grown using ancient and traditional methods and milled using the original stone wheel near Verona, Italy, resulting in a less polished grain with the ability to absorb more flavour and…

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Easy Vegan Pad Thai

Recipe and Images: V on Wheels Noodles 225g Pad Thai rice noodles (white or brown rice) “Egg” 200g extra firm tofu, drained ½ teaspoon ground turmeric Himalayan salt, pinch Veggies & sauce: 3 cloves  of garlic, minced 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 cup green beans 1 spring onion, chopped 1 carrot, grated 1 cup…

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Vegan Spinach & Avocado Lasagne

Recipe and Images: V On Wheels Serves 6 Vegan/Oil Free/Gluten Free 5 cups crushed tomatoes 1/2 onion, diced 1 garlic clove, diced 1/2 tsp brown sugar 6 cups baby spinach 2 avocados, ripe, smashed 1/2 onion, diced 18 GF lasagne sheets 150g “Angel Foods” vegan cheddar cheese (optional) 1/3 cup basil leaves (for garnish) Prepare…

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Coconut Beetroot Soup

Recipe and Images: V on Wheels Serves: 4 Vegan/Gluten free/Oil free 3 beetroots, scrubbed 1 cup leeks, finely sliced 2 cups celery stalks, finely sliced 1 tbsp fresh root ginger, grated 1 litre fresh vegetable stock 1 tbsp lemon juice 4 tbsp coconut cream, plus extra to serve Small handful pumpkin seeds (toasted) and coconut…

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Cheese and Onion Tart with Walnut Pastry

Recipe: Vicki Ravlich-Horan | Images: Brydie Thompson Pastry ½ cup walnuts ½ cup wholemeal flour 1 cup flour 150g butter, cold 1 tsp salt ¼ cup cold water Filling 2 large onions extra virgin olive oil 1 cup cream 2 eggs 150g Meyer cheese (cumin gouda is perfect for this tart!) For the pastry Place…

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Mexican Black Bean Pasties

Recipe and Images: Amber Bremner One of the first pies I learned to make was a good old Cornish pasty in home economics class at intermediate. This meat free version is much tastier and an absolute hit with my kids. The flavours are loosely Mexican and inspired by South American empanadas, but using store bought…

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Mushroom, Onion and Lentil Pie

Recipe & Images: Amber Bremner There’s nothing more comforting than a pie on a cold winter’s day, and making them yourself is ever so satisfying. A crisp, flaky pastry case breathes new life into pantry ingredients, something that’s more welcome now than ever. I used New Way flaky puff pastry, which is vegan, available from…

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