Your health is at steak, so maybe take a day off from meat

SOME of you may have heard of Meat Free Mondays. For those who haven't, it is a campaign encouraging Australians to go meat free for one day of the week, for the good of their health and the good of the planet.

Australian's love their meat, and are one of the world's highest meat consuming countries, where it has long dominated centre stage on our plates.

The problem is this love of meat has taken a toll on both our own health and the health of our planet.

Nutritionally as well as environmentally, experts are saying that by eating more plant-based foods and making simple reductions to how much meat we consume, we can find a much better balance.

Enter Meat Free Mondays - a fun, positive and powerful way to raise awareness about the personal health and environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption.

Rather than asking Australians to become vegetarian or vegan, it's about promoting choice and shining a light on the positive impact of that choice.

The Meat Free Mondays campaign has been launched in Australia by not-for-profit organisation Do Something! and the Fry's Family Foundation with research support provided by the University of Technology's Sydney's Institute for Sustainable Futures.

ALTERNATIVE: Jacqui Smith’s brown rice salad.
ALTERNATIVE: Jacqui Smith’s brown rice salad. CONTRIBUTED

Recipe idea - brown rice salad

Serves 6

Ingredients: 2 cups cooked brown rice, 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced, 1 red onion, thinly sliced, 1 large handful snow peas, thinly sliced, ¼ red cabbage, thinly sliced, 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped, 1 cup cashews, 1/3 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds, 1 tbs avocado or coconut oil

Dressing: 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar, ¼ cup tamari sauce (or soy sauce), ¼ cup agave nectar, honey, coconut nectar or pure maple syrup, juice of 2 small lemons, 2-3 small cloves garlic.

Method: Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and mix in high until smooth. Heat pumpkin seeds and cashews in a fry pan on medium heat with oil, until golden brown in colour. Stir frequently. Place all ingredients (except dressing) into a bowl and stir to combine. Pour dressing over and mix well.

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