So its national vegetarian awareness week, and here at Forksake we’re giving it ago too. We’re swapping out some of our favourite meats for their soy alternatives but also having ago with creating vegetarian meals with no meat replacement.
We started with Meat Free Mondays last year, which aims to raise awareness of the environmental impact of animal agriculture and industrial fishing. The campaign itself encourages families and individuals to help slow climate change and preserve natural resources and improve their health by having at least one plant based meal a day. Reducing consumption of meat can help contain production of greenhouse gases that affect climate change. It can also help lessen the demand for
Here’s a couple of energy facts:
· Livestock production creates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector – all the cars, trucks, planes, and trains in the world.
· Producing ONE quarter-pound beef burger uses 425 gallons of water – enough water to fill 10 bathtubs
· Skipping one serving of beef every Monday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 348 miles in a car.
Even if you don’t make it through the first day as a veggie, don’t worry or feel too bad about it! It’s a lot harder than it looks and that’s coming from personal experience. But here’s a couple of our favourite veggie meals to get you started on your veggie journey.
BBQ Pulled Jack Fruit Burgers:
Taken from the BBC Good Foods website.
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chipotle paste / Tabasco or any hot sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
4 tbsp BBQ sauce
200g can chopped tomato
2 x 400g cans young jackfruit
STEP 1: Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion until very soft, for around 10-12 mins. Add the cinnamon, cumin and paprika to the onions and cook for a further 2-3 mins. Next add the Tabasco, vinegar and bbq sauce and mix well before adding in the tomato.
STEP 2 Drain the jackfruit and rinse serveral times, for best results leave jackfruit to soak for 20 minutes before using. Add the jackfruit and 200ml water. Leave to simmer gently, covered, for 30 mins stirring every 5-10 mins to help break down the jackfruit, then take the lid off and cook a further 10 minutes.
STEP 2: Once cooked, use a fork to make sure all of the jackfruit is well shredded. Check seasoning and add another tbsp of bbq sauce if necessary for extra stickiness. Pack into buns and serve with salad.
(You can find all spices, sauces, and jackfruit used in this recipe in our store).