Yes, I know it’s Tuesday… But I wanted to have a chat about vegetarianism.  I stopped regularly eating red meat when I was about 15.  It wasn’t a big political statement, I just never really liked the taste.  It was a bit of headache for Mum & Dad who had to prepare an extra meal for me.  But I  was lucky enough that they accommodated me.  I am still one of those annoying people that you have to cater for (my brother wanted to cook dinner the other night and I made it very difficult for him as he really wanted to eat lamb and I wasn’t having a bar of it).

In the last few years I have started thinking about animal cruelty and where possible I buy free-range.  Then, last year while I was studying for my health coaching certificate at IIN I was exposed to some pretty graphic videos and articles on the way animals are treated during the farming process.  It really made me stop and think.  I actually considered veganism.  But my body really needs eggs, and chicken and fish and occasionally pork.  I know, I’ve tried to go without and it just doesn’t suit me.  I become a bit cranky, tired, snappy and unproductive.  I imagine a lot of the world would be without eating meat.  I’m not 100% sure the world would be a better place…

I’ve recently read “A Greedy Man in a Hungry World” by Jay Rayner.  The author is very much a meat eater.  He has tried to be a vegan for a story he once wrote but it didn’t work out for him either…  In the book he writes about the sustainability of food and whether or not we should all become vegans for environmental reasons and his answer is NO.  If we all ate only plant food there would be a huge carbon footprint as well.  Raising lifestock  helps with biodiversity and can keep the planet balanced.  But not at the rate that we currently eat meat!

So, the simple thing we can do is to take one day off a week from meat.  In fact, have one day off from all meat products would be best.  And I would like to help you with that task.  Every second Sunday I will send an email with a meat-free recipe that you can prepare for yourself and your family.  I will leave the other two weeks of the month for you to play with!  If you don’t already receive my email newsletters you can sign up by clicking this link.  You will also receive a free e-book called “5 Vital Steps for Optimal Health”  And here is one recipe to get you started.

Lentil Salad

Karen’s Lentil Salad

1 can lentils, drained and rinsed

1 avocado, peeled & chopped

1/2 each of a red and green capsicum, roughly chopped

60ml lime juice

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

a splash of Apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 handfuls of baby spinach

Salt & Pepper

Fresh parsley & coriander, finely chopped to taste

Mix together the lime juice, vinegar, olive oil and salt & pepper.  Add the onion and allow to marinate for 30 mins (or take it to work in a container for use later on).  Then add together all of the other ingredients (except the spinach), mix together with the onion mix.  Serve on a bed of baby spinach.  Sooooo quick, easy and healthy.  And definitely delicious. (Serves 2)