5 Ways To Reduce Your Meat Intake
It’s pretty simple, one way to reduce the impact of meat production on our planet is to eat less meat. It also helps our bodies, and invites us to create some great new recipes. You don’t have to give up meat entirely, reducing your meat intake can be a few small changes or many bigger ones. Whatever you choose to do, here are 5 ways to help you to reduce your meat intake:
1. Don’t Go Cold Turkey
A lot of people may want to take the ‘I’m doing Veganuary and eating no meat at all’ approach, which is amazing, however for others, going full cold turkey may seem like something completely unnatural and bring a dark cloud of fear upon their mealtimes. There’s lots of easy little changes you can make to get use to new flavours, textures, products which aren’t throwing you into the deep end. Look to swap some of the beef mince in a cottage pie for red lentils or using half the chicken in a curry and replacing it with chickpeas. Although you are still eating meat, the consumption has already halved and you are bringing in exciting new ingredients to family meals!
Why not try out our delicious Chicken Katsu curry recipe but replace half the chicken with sweet potato! A delicious alternative!
2. Challenge Yourself To Meatless Monday
The international Meatless Monday campaign was started in 2003 and has exploded globally. Cutting out meat the first day of the week, can bring ambition and excitement to the dinner table, without making it feel like a daily pressure to stop meat intake. A simple and easy way to start your journey! There’s even a toolkit to help you get started.
New products are always coming onto the market to support existing vegans or vegetarians, but they can also be a comforting and easy way of trying to go meatfree. Our Protein By Nature range is a great way of having a delicious meal which contains 20g of protein and is completely meat free! Why not try our delicious baked Brazilian beans with sweet potato wedges which uses our product!
3. Make Beans, Pulses or Vegetables The Star Of The Show
When you think of a meal, what do you centre it around? Chicken, Beef mince, Pork? This is a mindset that we have gotten so use to and feel comfortable with. Changing our mindset on how we should design our meals is a huge task but something that in turn will greatly support the move to a more plant-based diet. So why not try and change it up a bit? Instead of thinking of meat as the star, swap them for a vegetable or pulse? Think black turtle beans – you can tumble them through a spicy tomato sauce for tasty fajitas, add them to a ragu or mix with coriander, garlic and sweetcorn for tasty burgers!
4. Try Protein By Nature
New products are always coming onto the market to support existing vegans or vegetarians, but they can also be a comforting and easy way of trying to go meat-free. Our Protein By Nature range is a great way of having a delicious meal which contains 20g of protein and is completely meat free! If you need recipe inspiration, why not try our delicious baked Brazilian beans with sweet potato wedges.
5. Spices And Sauces Are Your New Best Friend
The perception of pulses, veg and beans are that they are bland, weird textured, squidgey – everything that meat is not. This gives them a bad name. This perception needs to be flipped on it’s head. Yes, the bases are minimal in flavour, but that gives you so much opportunity for adding your touch to them! The spices that have been hiding in your cupboard for 6 years? Take them out! These ingredients are fantastic carriers of flavour and this, in turn, can make eating less meat a lot easier! Adding Garam masala, cumin and coriander to a plain chickpea can make a delicious Chana masala. Seasoning a slice of cauliflower with black pepper and paprika before searing on the grill, makes a sweet, tender and flavoursome steak replacement.
Looking For Some Plant Protein?
Our Protein By Nature range showcases the above ingredients amazingly and you can use these at home to start cutting down on meat intake! Check it out here. And for some recipe inspiration, check out our recipe page.