Meat-free Mondays

Welcome back to another week! Are you looking to cut down on your meat intake or just fancy switching your weekly meals up? Then look no further as they recipes are AMAZING!!!

So I eventually came to the decision that I wanted to cut down on the amount of meat that I was eating during the week and by doing this I thought that Meat-free Mondays would be a good way to get started!

One recipe that is a personal favourite and often a go-to recipe when we are running low on food is a Stuffed Red Pepper. I would normally have this for dinner as it is quite a filling meal and you can stuff it with absolutely anything 😉 I typically like to put rice in mine as I find it more filling as just overall better, but other fillings such as couscous, feta, halloumi or anything else of your choice! This dish is ready in 30 minutes and is easy to achieve in 4 simple steps.

You will need:

Ingredients

  • A red pepper (or your preferred pepper, it doesn’t matter!!)
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Risotto Rice
  • Vegetable stock (I like to use the green OXO cube)
  • Peas and sweetcorn (or any vegetable of your choice)

  Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Then cut the pepper and place on a baking tray and cook for roughly 25 minutes, You can vary the time that you cook your pepper, I prefer to eat my pepper with a little bit of crunch as it find it more satisfying!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Meanwhile the pepper is cooking, add some oil into a pan and you want this heat to be at about number 4/5. Add the onion and cook for 1 minute. Next, add the rice and simmer and stir whilst gently adding a ladle full of stock cube. You will want about 2 of these to make the rice juicy!! When it looks like nearly all the stock is absorbed add the sweetcorn and peas (or whatever you would like!) and cook for another minute!

3. After, take the pepper out and get stuffing!! Add as much or as little filling as you want to your pepper!

 

4. You could add salad on the side, such as rocket or a mixed leaf salad or sprinkle some cheese over the top and then you’ll be ready to enjoy this healthy BUT meat-free meal!

This recipe is taken from the Co-Op Food magazine which can be found in all Co-Ops or at coop.co.uk/food 

Another meat-free meal, well breakfast, is so simple but very yummy and it is egg and soldiers. This is such a simple and easy recipe which literally takes 10 minutes which is also great for before school or work!

You will need:

  • Egg (I normally only have one but you can have as many as you want!)
  • Toast (well bread..)
  • Egg cup

I’m sure you don’t need  me to tell you how to do this but just incase…

Method:

  1. Fill a saucepan half full with water and bring to the boil.
  2. Gently add the egg to the water, being careful not to crack it and then cook for roughly 3 minutes if you want a runny yolk, if not then leave it in for longer.
  3. Put the bread down for however long you need, I normally do mine for 2 minutes!
  4. And there you have it…Egg and soldiers! Add a glass of orange juice or coffee (or both if you’re like me) to complete this breakfast! This is a perfect breakfast to have and also very healthy and most importantly, meat-free!!

 

Another recipe which I have NOT tried yet but definitely would like to is lemon, spinich and Feta pasta. Again, this is another recipe from http://www.co-operativefood.co.uk/food-magazine/ in the April issue so go check it out! I love the idea of having a meat-free pasta dish and especially with cheese!! I can’t wait to try this and will keep you guys updated!!

So, I hope you guys found this helpful in changing up your mid-week meals and to gradually cut down on the amount of meat that we are eating! All of these recipes are very tasty and are very filling in no time at all, so I hope you found these useful and hope that try them out!

 

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