Meat-free day…


Some of you may have noticed that both the recipes I chose to cook yesterday were meat-free, it wasn’t coincidental…

I’m not a vegetarian, I applaud those that are and believe in the freedom of choice, and hope I’m extended the same courtesy. That said I also believe that as a meat eater, I need to take responsibility for my intake.

Our family has largely cut beef out of our diet, having substituted it for ostrich, which most would be hard pressed to tell it isn’t a ‘red meat’. It is leaner and uses up less in the way of natural resources than cattle rearing does and tastes delicious!

Beef farming is intensely energy intensive and commercial cattle farming is responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming (a percentage higher than all the cars in the world combined!). It also takes the equivalent of a seven-minute shower each day over the course of six months to produce just 500 grams of beef.

The United Nations have also shared that every day one billion people go to bed hungry, whilst the Western world diverts one third of the world’s grain harvest to feed livestock… something not to take lightly.

I’m not alone in this and was pleasantly surprised to see that Cape Town, the city I reside in, has chosen at a state level to support the Meat-free day initiative. It is urging citizens to refrain from eating meat just one day a week, joining 7 other countries like Belgium in this venture.

So I encourage those of you who eat meat to look at your diet and see if you couldn’t be cutting back on your own intake, helping not only yourself, but the environment as well.

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13 Comments to

“Meat-free day…”

  1. Avatar September 3rd, 2010 at 2:52 PM Ginny Rawstorne Says:

    As I said in the very beginning, I am watching with interest and will not doubt try out some of the recipes tooo… have 3 growing males with large appetites to feed :-))

  2. Avatar September 3rd, 2010 at 4:29 PM Matt Allison Says:

    Hi Ginny,

    Thanks so much for your comments and interest in this project of mine. For legal reasons I cannot actually SHARE the recipes as they are under copyright of Jamie Oliver. I can only give me experiences of cooking them, all of which are available in the ’20 minute meals’ app, which I hope is still of some value to my reader.


  3. Avatar September 7th, 2010 at 6:01 PM Recipe #7 - Tomato pappa | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] in following on from the tradition I started last week, is ‘Meat-free Day’, no meat in any of the dishes I prepare today, making today the perfect time to enjoy this simple […]

  4. Avatar September 14th, 2010 at 9:21 AM Recipe #12 & #13 - Gorgeous greek salad & Rigatoni arrabiatta | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] we switched our Meat-Free Day to today to accommodate our guests, good friends Natalie Wassung & her fiancé Marek […]

  5. Avatar September 21st, 2010 at 10:29 PM Recipe #20 – Cauliflower cheese & chilli risotto | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] keeping with our Meat-free day, tonight’s meal was a vegetarian risotto, and only my 2nd time at trying to make this Italian […]

  6. Avatar September 28th, 2010 at 9:18 PM Recipe # 27 – Cheesy courgette and mint risotto | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] keeping with our Meat – Free Day philosophy tonight’s dinner is a cheesy courgette and mint […]

  7. Avatar October 7th, 2010 at 10:07 PM Recipe # 32 – Beautiful vegetable jalfrezi | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] keeping with our Meat – Free Day philosophy, tonight’s dinner is a beautiful vegetable […]

  8. Avatar October 22nd, 2010 at 10:05 PM Recipe #37- Grilled halloumi and tabbouleh salad | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] Much to my delight I stumbled across this recipe, which was a perfect choice for Meat – Free Day. […]

  9. Avatar November 3rd, 2010 at 9:48 AM Recipe #42 - Tofu stir-fry with noodle salad | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] following with the tradition of our Meat-Free Day we decided to whip up this meal for our in-laws (again still being […]

  10. Avatar November 9th, 2010 at 10:17 PM Recipe #45 - Pappardelle with mixed mushrooms and mozzarella | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] keeping with our Meat – Free Day, and making up for yesterdays steak. Today’s dish is this delightful […]

  11. Avatar November 25th, 2010 at 11:06 PM Recipe #55 - Orecchiette with broccoli, chilli and pecorino | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] aware that today was supposed to be Meat-Free Day, problem is with only one vegetarian dish left, and not enough time to find one of the hard to find […]

  12. Avatar November 28th, 2010 at 7:29 PM Recipe #58 - Paneer, potato and pea curry | I'm no Jamie Oliver Says:

    […] back to the meal, having missed our ‘Meat-free day’ on Tuesday we had to make up for it with this […]

  13. Avatar July 17th, 2013 at 5:13 PM Shan Says:

    Hi Matt

    I was a vegatarian 10 yrs ago…. my daughter turn 10 next week and in my 8 month of preganacy i gave n to the craving. However being of Hindu decent…i never ate Beef or Pork and my mom now lives with us and she is Moslem. Anyway my partner and daughter are christian but we have only Lamg and Chicken and Fish. Usually for following Hindu tradiotion i have now made Mondays and Tuesdays meat free days in the home and the family loves that..

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