Meat Free Monday: Pasta with Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Sauce [vegan]

Meat free Monday: Pasta with Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Sauce [vegan]

This silky and tasty pasta recipe with creamy red pepper cashew sauce is super easy to make and absolutely delicious.

This recipe works with all kinds of pasta and makes a nice alternative to pesto and store-bought sauces.

To save time, the sauce is made with jarred red peppers but you can of course roast your own. Don’t skip the smoked paprika as it adds just the right amount of flavour.
Nutritional yeast has a delicate cheesy flavour so you certainly will not miss the cheese!

Full recipe on The Flexitarian.

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Meat Free Monday: Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry [vegan] [gluten free]

This Meat Free Monday recipe is a delicious Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry by The Flexitarian in support of TREE AID’s Tree Food Challenge and Grow Hope Appeal.

Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry [vegan] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

This Meat Free Monday recipe is a delicious Cauliflower, Mango and Spinach Coconut Curry by The Flexitarian in support of TREE AID’s Tree Food Challenge and Grow Hope Appeal.

Since 1987 TREE AID has been a leading expert in using trees to tackle poverty and produce environmental improvement in remote and isolated areas of Africa. Trees are helping people create thriving, sustainable communities. Tree foods are a vital source of nutrition for families in the drylands of Africa. Every two minutes, a child dies from hunger and malnutrition, which kills more people every year than AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Trees provide a direct answer to hunger, and the lifeline families so desperately need.

Mango is a wonderful tree food. Mango trees can live up to 300 years while still bearing fruits. I love the mango fruits, they are deliciously sweet and have a generous flesh. Mangos are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and minerals. They also contain anti-oxidants.

This Christmas, you can help families in Africa grow their own tree foods by supporting the Grow Hope appeal. TREE AID are asking people to support the appeal by fundraising or making a donation. To find out more and make a donation visit the TREE AID website.

Recipe link on The Flexitarian

Meat Free Monday : Quorn Moroccan Meatloaf with Creamy Harissa Dressing [vegetarian]

Quorn Moroccan Meat Loaf with Creamy Harrisa Dressing [vegetarian] by The Flexitarian

This meat free meatloaf has a fragrant Moroccan twist. Not too sweet and not too spicy (you can always add more harissa if you like), it is made with minced Quorn.

Recipe via The Flexitarian

Meat Free Monday : Black Rice & Sweet Potato Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing [vegan] [gluten free]

Sweet Potato & Black Rice Salad with Ginger Miso Dressing [vegan] [gluten free] by The Flexitarian

We love this recipe for Meat Free Monday. The ginger miso dressing gives this salad a delicious Asian twist. You can spiralise the sweet potatoes or simply cut them with a julienne peeler. This salad is best eaten warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from The Flexitarian .

MEAT FREE MONDAY: AUTUMN SPELT SALAD [VEGAN]

Autumn Spelt Salad [vegan] by The Flexitarian

Sweet and fruity, this Autumn Spelt Salad brings a fantastic array of goodness and seasonal produce: butternut squash, cavolo nero (black kale), pear, almond and cranberry.

Recipe from The Flexitarian .

Earth Day 2014: Go Meat-Free One Day A Week

Reblogged from The Flexitarian

Earth Day Meatless Monday

Happy Earth Day! Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated every year on April 22nd. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network (EDN) works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilise the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. This year’s official campaign is Green Cities to help cities and communities around the world accelerate their transition to a more sustainable future. The Earth Day website has detailed information on what is happening where and how you can take part.

If you would like to go one step further this Earth Day why not take the Meatless Monday pledge? Going meat-free one day a week is a simple and effective way to help the environment.

As the global population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is forecasting global meat production to increase by 65% within the next 40 years.  To understand the issues surrounding the meat industry you have to look at the intricate web that is the meat supply chain. In order to meet the growing demand for meat, animals are reared intensively, producing a huge amount of waste. Meat production generates high greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which contribute to global warming. Through flatulence and manure, livestock produces methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O), two very potent greenhouse gases. Did you know that in terms of GHG emissions “the consumption of 1 kg domestic beef in a household represents automobile use of a distance of ~160 km (99 miles)”.

Livestock is fed with grains which require land to grow. The meat industry requires around 33 percent of total arable land. Additional space for livestock and crops is usually created through deforestation. Deforestation impacts GHG emissions. Forests act as carbon storage as they use CO2 to grow. Once the trees are cut, the CO2 is released into the atmosphere. Deforestation adds more atmospheric CO2 than the sum total of cars & trucks on the world’s roads.

The meat industry also puts a huge burden on water supply. From the irrigation of feed-crops through production chain to the final consumer product, water is needed in large amounts throughout the meat production process. The numbers are again staggering: 15,415 litres of water are required to produce 1kg of beef in comparison to 287 litre of water for 1 kg of potatoes.

In the words of Meat Free Monday “One Day a Week Can Make of World of Difference”! So join us and go meat-free at least one day a week! Find out more about The Flexitarian Diet here or browse our meat-free recipes.

Happy Earth Day!