As I mentioned, the theme for the week is Better Food for All, and there is a Better Food for All Challenge with a different challenge each day, to encourage us to look more closely at what we are buying, eating and throwing away, and the environmental impact that has.
Today, as I am sure you are all too well aware, is Monday.
Meat Free Monday, for those joining in the challenge.
So why should we all try to reduce the amount of meat we eat? Here’s what it says on the Waste Less Live More site:
Cutting down on meat is good for you, other people and the environment.
Meat production is responsible for almost a fifth of global CO2 emissions; whilst growing food directly for human consumption (rather than animal feed) could feed an additional 4bn people.
It can have positive impacts on your health too: a vegetarian meal is low in fat (especially saturated fat), high in complex carbohydrates, and can get you well on your way to your five a day.
So now you know.
I am jetting off to sunny Plymouth for an exciting jaunt this afternoon (more on this to follow!), leaving Grandma in charge of the Smalls, so for tea, I had to scrobble around the freezer to see what I could unearth.
And I found…..
Some frozen tomato sauce.
Not very exciting, but ideal for Grandma to heat up with some pasta and some grated cheese, and pretty much a fail safe that the Smalls will actually eat it. I might even add some peas.
Making tomato sauce is the easiest thing in the world.
NEVER buy ready made pasta sauce.
This is easier than dragging small children around the shops, cheaper and has significantly less salt.
The easiest version is a drizzle of oil, a crushed garlic clove-heat until it starts to sizzle, then add a tin of tomatoes, a pinch of salt and pepper, and simmer until it thickens a bit. Then you can use a wooden spoon to mush it all up a but and add a few basil leaves if you are feeling extravagant.
I use this as a base for pizzas, or stir through pasta.
If you want to go crazy, you can fry some roughly chopped onion first, and also add carrot or any other veg that is lingering in the fridge, and then whiz the whole lot up in the blender.
This also forms the basis of one of versions of Lazy Soup.
See, easy peasy.
Sarah from Everyday Life on A Shoestring, has just posted this about Vegetable Offal-love it!
Right then chaps, I’m not doing all the work here-your favourite quick and easy Meat Free meals please!