Meat- Free Monday Take 3

Yesterday saw the third Monday in February grace us with its presence, and once again I stuck to eating no meat. Today, having got the hang of avoiding meat I thought I would try some different dishes. Rather than just avoiding putting meat on my plate I would try and do something that could be made with meat.

Lunch was inspired by a typical Israeli dish – shakshuka. It is a tomato based dish with baked eggs in it. Add in a few onions, peppers and chillies and you are well on your way to a new favourite for brunch. If I was to make a slight criticism it is quite a wet dish, especially if you keep your eggs nice and runny. However, had I coupled this with a good serving of crusty bread it would have been a winner. I think if you were to make this dish for a number of people, serving it in the dish might be best as it is hard to present elegantly. You can check out my runny egg dish below.

For dinner, I thought I’d make something I’ve made thousands of times before. Burgers. Thousands is no exaggeration I’m from a beef farm that sells some award winning burgers. My dinner, however, is unlikely to be picking up any awards anytime soon! The texture was wrong. For a meat substitute, it was fine tad dry, but it wasn’t the succulent burger I was after. I’d packed it with chilli, cumin and spring onion so I can’t moan about flavour. I’d also spread some chilli mayo on my lightly toasted burger bun. Like all top burger chains, I also had an onion ring in the burger. This was served with homemade potato wedges. If there is on thing I have mastered in the kitchen, it is potato wedges. I knew trying something new for dinner needed a safe option on the side!

 

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I’d probably not rush to have these black bean burgers again, the texture was too dry for me, but the mix has left me with two in the freezer. I will have them again, but maybe with a bit more sauce! They did break up a bit when cooking, so I might have to add some moisture to them before cooking again next time to try and hold them together a bit better.

I’m still yet to see any significant changes in my life by avoiding meat one day a week. There has been a benefit, though. This has been adding variety to my diet. It is so easy to plan a meal around the meat. This has changed the way I plan my meals, so it hasn’t been an all bad experience! Next week I will provide a more in-depth view on my takeaways from my month long trial.

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