Monday, March 18th, 2013

Meat Free Week 2013

This week sees the start of Meat Free Week in Australia. Clearly from a lot of my recipes, I am a meat-eater but I promote strongly that we all support factory-free farming as I whole-heartedly believe we should only ever buy free-range eggs, poultry, pork and other meats. Whilst I personally am ok with eating meat, I don’t think you should do so unless you are committed to making sure the animals are well treated and you are aware where your meat is coming from. I thought taking on a challenge of eating for a full week without any meat in my diet, interesting and something different too, so that’s exactly what myself and my husband Mick are doing today, and for the next 7 days.

The message from the founders of Meat Free Week is not about suddenly becoming a vegetarian or giving up meat for life. All they are asking is that you give up meat for one week from the 18th to 24th March and ask some buddies (friends, family, work colleagues) to sponsor you for each day you go without. Or if you can and would like to, make a donation on the Meat Free Week website directly to support factory-free farming.

Why are they asking you to do this? Simply because the organisers and supporters of Meat Free Week would love you to think about the amount of meat you eat and most importantly, where that meat comes from.

Today I am uploading two recipes which feature in my current book ~ the superb Jill’s Veggie Roll, a spinach, ricotta and feta pastry dish which I originally sourced from a friend of mine, and also a fool-proof, easy-peasy Eggplant and Roasted Capsicum (red bell pepper) Relish which I make a lot here to pair with cheeses or to use in sandwiches.

You’ll find a loads of great meat-free recipes on the MFW organisation’s website here and as an official supporter I’ve spent the past few days testing a load of veggie/meat-free recipes for the weeks ‘challenge’ and I will be uploading one per day for the next 7 days on WKA. Tomorrow I’ll have a wonderful Mushroom, White Wine and Creamy Cheesy Spaghetti dinner idea, and Wednesday sees a super Roasted Pumpkin, Goat’s Cheese, Rosemary and Toasted Almond Pizza. There will also be another pasta and wonderful salad ideas towards the end of the week, culminating is a great 3 course entertaining menu for a weekend with friends which I’ll put up on Saturday morning. I veer towards coming up with recipes which are meat-free but where you really don’t notice texturally there is no meat, so I’ve tried to write and test recipes which have a nice hearty feel to them and which have good texture contrasts and layers.

For more info on Meat Free Week and their message and also to read about what really goes on in factory farming, you can check out their site here. Let me know in the comments box below what you think of the recipes each day and if you decided to take the plunge yourself and go meat-free for even a few days.

Thanks! Katie x

Jill’s Veggie Roll ~ Recipe here

Roasted Capsicum and Eggplant Chutney ~ Recipe here

12 Responses to “Meat Free Week 2013”

  1. March 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Good luck to you and your husband for MFW, wonderful to see you both getting behind such a great cause.

  2. March 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    this is our every week in my house! sometimes it’s a challenge, and we like to treat ourselves to non-factory farmed meat sometimes. have fun!

  3. March 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This is such a great cause! We really need to take conscience that eating meat is luxury and cutting back a little bit would be a great step for the planet! I always enjoy eating meat but do it rarely!

  4. Monika
    March 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Katie, You are so talented! I love Your photos!

    Greets from Poland :)

  5. March 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Good luck on your new adventure! My husband and I basically eat meat free all the time, so it wouldn’t be a real challenge for us :) However, whenever we eat meat (maybe once every 3 months?) we make sure it is organic/free-range and local. Same for fish, only non-endangered species. It is crucial for us, and I am so happy you are spreading the love, it is such an important cause!

    I am very curious about the recipes, which I will take inspiration from for our normal meals for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  6. March 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    The vegie roll looks ridiculously amazing and I am all behind a good cause. Will be donating for sure.

  7. francesca
    March 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    i’m constantly low in iron coz I don’t eat enough meat, so I can’t join, but still, congrats for proposing alternatives to the meat lovers! there’s a whole world out there :-)
    and also, congrats on the book. i bought the us edition and although i’m getting crazy with cups and inchs (i write from europe), i’m loving it. the funny thing is that i didn’t buy it because i liked the recipes, i bought it because i felt in love with the pics. but now that i have it i’m also using it for cooking and for the moment i’m completely happy with it!
    ps: i know the french edition has gr instead of cups, but i like much better the cover of the us edition!

  8. March 20, 2013 at 1:05 am

    I applaud your effort, and getting out the word on eating meat free for a week.
    I read the book “Diet for a New America” recently and one of my favorite quotes was, “If everyone had to kill the animals they eat there would be a lot more vegetarians”.
    I eat less and less meat every year, and may someday eat a vegetarian or vegan diet.

  9. March 20, 2013 at 1:17 am

    It looks heavenly!
    It;s perfect! :)
    I;ll try to do it at home :)

  10. March 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Too bad I just stumbled on your blog at the end of your meat-free week. I’ve been going meat-free for Lent and have been posting recipes throughout. It hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be, but I look forward to any recipes you post from your meat-free week! :)

  11. Mat
    April 17, 2013 at 3:58 am

    So curious about the knife seen here. Very rustic. Where would one find something like that?


    • Katie
      April 17, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Mat that is one of my own knives, which if memory serves correctly, I bought in a little vintage shop in Martha’s Vineyard.

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