This week is Meat Free Week (1-8 August 2016).
I respect and love the concept of cutting back on our meat consumption through campaigns such as Meat Free Week. Getting all of us to think about what over consumption of meat is doing to our planet, to our bodies and to our animals is something to ponder about. The fact that we observe this together makes it more of a pact and I absolutely adore that about this.
My parents are vegetarians. However, mum and dad always allowed me to make my own choices with respect to everything in life. So when it came to food it was the same. About the time when I was four or five, one day we were out with my uncle who enjoyed meat as much as vegetables. He offered me the meat preparation he had ordered. My parents urged me to give it a try (you must try everything and then decide whether you like it or not was the unsaid rule at our home when it came to food). I happened to like it and my vegetarian mum immediately started looking out for recipes she thought I would enjoy. From that day onwards, different forms of meat started appearing on our dinner table occasionally. We still remained largely a vegetarian household though. In our house, vegetables didn’t appear as ‘sides’.
When I grew up and set up my kitchen, meat began to show up frequently. However, I didn’t give it much thought when vegetables were the mains most days and meat was the side. Initially I had trouble understanding friends who said vegetables weren’t exciting enough. It was only later I realized if you had been a faithful meat eater all your life it could be pretty challenging to think about how a plate full of vegetables could be both delicious and a complete meal in itself.
So this whole week; I urge you to give vegetables another fair chance. For me, this week is not about giving up meat but it is about embracing vegetables. So hop on to jamiesfoodrevolution.org where I take you through some of the ways my family enjoys vegetables. Loads of ideas to get all those creative juices flowing! Cold salads and steamed vegetables will soon be a thing of the past.
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