Meat Free Monday One day a week can make a world of difference

Top tips

Enjoy an English breakfast, meat free style

Hash browns, baked beans, veggie sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, tofu scramble, veggie ‘bacon’, rounds of toast and your favourite brew – what a way to start the day!

Discover silken tofu

Refrigerated tofu is great but did you know you can also get ‘silken’ tofu which keeps for months? Usually sold in Tetra Paks, it’s great to have in the cupboard for when you want to whip up a quick tofu scramble!
Try Tobermory's Tofu Scramble

Be prepared

Keep your kitchen stocked up with store cupboard staples (e.g. pasta, rice, couscous, lentils, tinned beans), herbs and spices (e.g. crushed chillies, cumin powder, paprika) and oils and sauces (olive oil, rapeseed oil, soy sauce).

Power up your day with a smoothie

Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kale, spinach, avocado, flax seed, maca powder and more – there loads of ingredients and combos for a perfect plant-based way to start your day!
Check out 7 plant-based smoothies

Make friends with the freezer

Freeze sauces and soups for those busy days when you don’t have time to cook.

Fuel up on healthy snacks

Nuts, dried fruit, peanut butter on apple, roasted chickpeas, hummus and crudités – all of these will help beat those afternoon slumps!

Take the Simple Vegetable Challenge!

The vast majority of us have fewer than ten recipes in circulation, cooking them over and over again. If you want to bring some variation into your kitchen, take the Simple Vegetable Challenge: 1. Buy a vegetable you haven’t eaten before (or at least not in the last five years); 2. Find a meat free recipe which incorporates that vegetable; 3. Cook it and (hopefully) enjoy!

Refresh your recipe repertoire

Challenge yourself to try at least one new meat free recipe each week. Ask friends for their favourites or look through veggie cookbooks, magazines and our very own Meat Free Monday recipe collection for one that catches your eye.

Sweet ideas for parents


Practical plant-based recipes from Cook School for children to make each Monday and beyond!
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Packed lunch ideas

Hummus and carrot sandwiches

Falafel and salad wraps

Vegetable dips with breadsticks and crudités

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches

Bean, rice and guacamole burritos

Plant-based cream cheese and cucumber sandwiches



Here you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions about taking part in Meat Free Monday at home.

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Is one day a week really enough?

Overwhelming scientific evidence points to the fact that we need to shift towards predominantly plant-based diets to help combat climate change. Meat Free Monday makes a positive difference and it’s a great start. Overall, the fewer animal products we eat, the better. Why not try out our impact calculator and work out the tangible impact of your meat free days?  

Try the impact calculator

Is it OK to eat fish?

Despite the campaign name, Meat Free Monday encourages supporters to go fish free too. Industrialised fishing vessels with their football-pitch sized nets, or lines of hooks a mile long, trash coral reefs and ocean beds, kill and injure marine wildlife including dolphins, turtles and sea birds, and are pushing the oceans to the brink of environmental collapse.

What about dairy?

Dairy products have a significant environmental impact. According to Milking the Planet, a 2020 report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in the US, the 13 biggest dairy companies in the world have the same combined greenhouse gas emissions as the whole of the UK! With supermarket shelves full of plant milks – soya, oat, almond, coconut, hemp, rice and tiger nut– plus more and more non-dairy alternatives to cheese, yoghurt, cream and ice-cream coming onto the market, it’s now easier than ever to enjoy plant-based Meat Free Mondays.

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Want to know more?

Check out our Meat Free Monday booklet
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