How to Plan Meat-Free Mondays

The book you need to make meat-free days a breeze.

How to Plan Meat-Free Mondays

Eating meat-free for three straight meals can seem like a daunting task if you have a need for large amounts of protein, are always on the go, or feed many, young mouths. Have no fear! There’s a new cookbook in town. The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year breaks down each meal for every Monday for 52 weeks.

How to Plan Meat-Free Mondays

Paul, Stella, and Mary McCartney launched a Meat Free Monday campaign and this book, edited by Annie Rigg, is your guidebook to participate. The book emphasizes the importance of making planet-friendly choices when it comes to how we eat. The contributors acknowledge that it is not easy to do it everyday, but if we do it at least once a week, we will make a huge impact as eaters and influence our other six days of meals.

The cookbook is divided up into four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Each chapter has seasonal recipes broken up further by week. Each weeks gives a breakfast recipe, a packed lunch recipe or a hot lunch recipe, followed by a main dinner option complete with a side and dessert. All dishes are meat-free with vegan options. With over 52 ideas for each of three meals, we are excited to never feel bored again on #MeatlessMonday.

How to Plan Meat-Free Mondays

For a taste of the book, try their Thai Vegetable Curry recipe below.

How to Plan Meat-Free Mondays

Thai Vegetable Curry
In just a few decades, Thai food has grown from relative obscurity into one of the most popular cuisines on Earth. This vegetable curry has many of its classic tastes and textures.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 stick lemongrass, finely chopped
  • 2 green chiles, seeded and chopped
  • zest of 1 lime
  • small bunch fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil
  • 1 small eggplant, cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 8 baby bella mushrooms, halved (or quartered if large)
  • 14-ounce can coconut milk
  • 6 okra, cut on the diagonal into 3 pieces
  • 8 baby corn, cut on the diagonal into 3 pieces
  • 5–6 ounce can bamboo shoots, drained
  • handful of sugar snap peas, cut in half on the diagonal
  • 2 handfuls of bean sprouts
  • soy sauce
  • soft light brown sugar to taste
  • fresh cilantro leaves jasmine rice lime wedges
  1. Prepare the curry paste first. Place the shallots, garlic, and ginger in a food processor. Add the lemongrass, chiles, lime zest, and cilantro stalks (reserving the leaves) and pulse the mixture until finely chopped. You can also make this paste using a mortar and pestle if you prefer. Heat the sunflower oil in a large sauté pan. Add the curry paste and cook over medium heat for minute until the mixture smells fragrant.
  2. Add the eggplant, red pepper, and mushrooms and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently until starting to become tender. Add the coconut milk to the pan with ½ cup of water and bring to a boil. Add the okra, baby corn, and bamboo shoots and continue to cook for 5 minutes or so until the veggies are tender.
  3. Finally add the sugar snap peas and bean sprouts and cook for another 30 seconds. Taste and add a dash of soy sauce or teaspoon of sugar if needed. Serve the curry in bowls, garnished with cilantro leaves with jasmine rice and lime wedges.


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