Having at least one plant-based day a week is a fun and easy way to do something good for the planet and our future.

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It can take 30 bathtubs of water to produce just one beefburger

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An area of rainforest the size of a hundred football pitches is cut down every hour to create room for grazing cattle

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Almost a third of all land on Earth is used for livestock production

Meat Free Monday Meals

We invited children and young people to share the meals they like to eat on a Meat Free Monday – to show world leaders, and everyone else, that eating green is easy and delicious!
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Meat Free Monday

The easiest way to help save the world

Attempt to build your own wind turbine out of sticks you find in the garden? Start taking your daily baths in a local duck pond? Vow to never turn the heating on ever again? … Or just skip meat for a day.
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A little help from our friends

“We know that this is THE most important thing we can do to save our earth, and it’s also the best thing we can do for our health. Plus it’s so yummy! Join me on this adventure of plant-based living and please be meat-free Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and if you can only do Monday we’ll be OK with that too. The more the merrier, thank you!”

— Alicia Silverstone

“Try it, you might like it … and the planet definitely will appreciate it.”

— Woody Harrelson

“I grew up in the ‘meat and two veg’ era but there’s so much more choice now in terms of plant-based food – it’s far more exciting on the plate! I’m consciously reducing how much meat I eat, and that’s no bad thing for the planet and all of us living on it.”

— Ainsley Harriott

“Meat Free Monday is a simple idea which makes so much sense! By not eating meat at least one day a week we help the environment, save animals and improve our health. Try it, get your friends and family to try it and why not encourage your school to try it too?”

— Fearne Cotton

“Meat Free Mondays is a great idea though I live meat free every day. Being vegetarian is good for your body, good for the planet and a peace and loving thing to do.”

— Ringo Starr

“Thank you for inspiring the way I live my life now. Even if you’re not veggie, vegan or plant-based, reducing our meat and dairy consumption, even for just one day a week, has a positive impact on our planet, the animals we share it with and our own personal health.”

— Gabrielle Aplin

“I believe meat has so many toxins in it that your body never really manages to get rid of it. People believe that you have to have protein and bulk to give you energy, but fruit and vegetables are full of health. Your body processes these efficiently so they do the maximum good for you. You feel so well, light, supple, and full of energy.”

— Vivienne Westwood

“It’s a great initiative and an opportunity for us to really reduce meat consumption that not only saves our lives but saves our planet. Let’s continue to move towards a Meat Free Monday!”

— Eric Adams

A win-win situation

Good for you, good for the planet

With enough of us taking this small step, we can significantly reduce our impact on the earth - and boost our health at the same time.
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Delicious recipes

Good for your taste buds

Meat free is mainstream! And the result is flavourful, imaginative and exciting plant-based food. Why not give it a try?
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One Day a Week

Featuring the McCartney family, Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, this documentary short highlights the environmental impact of animal agriculture.
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🌶 Introduce some more spice into your life for #MeatFreeMonday and beyond, with this delicious Spicy Pan Asian Rice Noodle Soup from online #vegan magazine @vlanduk! 📷:@nutritionwitholi 💚


Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
100 g shimeji mushrooms
150 g king oyster mushrooms, finely sliced lengthways
2 tablespoons sliced fresh chives
1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped
1 tablespoon red chilli, finely chopped
several turns of black pepper
several turns of salt
1 litre vegetable stock
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 head of pak choi, chopped
2 spring onions, finely sliced
150 g frozen peas
1 nest of rice noodles (around 60 g)


Method
Heat the olive oil and fresh chives in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the king oyster mushrooms, cook for 3 minutes stirring frequently. Throw in the shimeji mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes – make sure the mushrooms are fully cooked then set aside and cover, to keep them warm.
Add 1 litre vegetable stock, the garlic, ginger, chilli, salt and black pepper into the saucepan and bring to a boil.
Add the red bell pepper, pak choi and frozen peas, and simmer for 2 minutes.
Add the rice noodles, simmer for 5 minutes stirring frequently – make sure the food is piping hot before serving.
Stir in the spring onions and top with the set aside mushrooms. Season to taste and enjoy!
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This Smoked Tofu Caesar Salad from #plantbased restaurant @WulfAndLamb in #London is a must have for your recipe repertoire! Try it here this #MeatFreeMonday:

Ingredients

For the salad
100 g baby gem Lettuce
25 g capers
30 g poponcini peppers
50 g crispy onions
50 g smoked tofu
40 g homemade croutons
70 g Caesar dressing

For the homemade croutons
bread
olive oil
garlic
thyme
salt
black pepper

For the Caesar dressing (batch recipe, enough for several portions of salad)
15 ml apple cider vinegar
8 ml toasted sesame oil
400 ml unsweetened soy milk
400 ml olive oil
35 ml fresh lemon juice
30 g nutritional yeast flakes
145 g maple syrup
60 g wholegrain mustard
10 g salt

Method

To make the croutons
Cut your bread of choice into cubes and toss with olive oil, thyme, crushed garlic, salt and black pepper. Roast in a tray in the oven for about 15 minutes.

To make the Caesar dressing
Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add water as needed.

To assemble the salad
In a bowl, mix large pieces of baby gem with the dressing. Mix in the peppers and capers. Add to a plate and top with croutons and crispy onions.
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Touted as a superfood, asparagus has long been considered a delicacy and is at its best in spring. Loaded with nutrients and low in calories (less than four kcal per average spear), asparagus can be boiled, steamed, grilled, fried and roasted.
🌱 How do you enjoy your asparagus?
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5 #plantmilks to enjoy in your morning cuppa – and how best to use them in recipes! Check it out at the link in our bio. What’s your favourite #dairyfree milk? ☕🌱 ...

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Around 60% of the world’s agricultural land is used for beef production, yet beef produces less than 2% of the world's calories.

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