This Wednesday (April 22nd) is Earth Day. For this day last year, I decided to attempt to get on board with the Meatless Monday movement. I’d been doing a bit of reading and learned that every time a single person gives up meat for just one day a week, it can make a difference to the environment. It’s only a small change for someone to make but the more people that participate; the better.
I’m proud to say that I’ve been going meat-free for one day a week, every week, for a year now. On the handful of occasions where I slipped up on a Monday, I simply skipped the meat on another day that week instead. As I found out over the past twelve months, it really hasn’t been too difficult.
Breakfast is always a breeze because the majority of typical breakfast dishes are meat-free anyway. Lunch could be anything from a cheese salad sandwich to veggie soup, a quick omelette to a jacket potato with baked beans. Dinner would be something like a vegetarian pizza, pesto pasta, fried eggs and sweet potato wedges or mushroom risotto.
I’ll admit that I haven’t been hugely adventurous and I’ve been sticking to relatively simple dishes for the most part. Having said that, this approach goes for my cooking in general! It’s only every once in a while that I’ll attempt to cook something completely new and elaborate, whether it’s with meat or without. It’s something I’m planning on working on but in the meantime I’ll continue to embrace my simple Meatless Mondays.
As well as it’s going, however, I have to say I don’t really have any intention of going meat-free for more than one day a week — I’m just not that virtuous, sorry! I think my attempt at this has been so successful because I know it’s only one day in seven. At least for now, I’m going to stick with the way I’m going — it can still make a difference and that’s what matters the most!