“We are all looking for a way to make a contribution to the preservation of our planet. Having a Meat Free Monday is a great way to do your bit, while eating in a kinder and more conscious way. I am not a vegetarian, but when I heard about ‘Meat Free Mondays,’ I was intrigued. I had never thought about the environmental impact of raising livestock” – Gwyneth Paltrow

“Just see how easy it will be not to eat meat for one day a week. Just think how the world will benefit from fewer trees being cut to make way for grazing animals. Just imaging how many lives, both animal and human you will help to save” – Joanna Lumley

“I love eating meat, but I love our planet even more, so I will join this campaign and stop eating meat at least one day a week” – Sir Richard Branson

“I think many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world. Having one designated meat free day a week is actually a meaningful change that everyone can make” – Paul McCartney

I’d been pondering supper to match with a bottle of Ataraxia; to my shame I dreamed of having a young warthog, or a loin of Springbok to roast.  Before going to my larder to check the available options, I had a quick peek at my email inbox and saw the above quotations in the weekly Meat Free Mondays newsletter.

Having mourned the waste of asparagus in Sunday’s lunch, I was keen for their fresh taste and made a simple warm salad of asparagus, sautéed mushrooms and poached eggs; we devoured this on whole-wheat toast.

Everyone knows that wine and asparagus aren’t good bedfellows.  This was no problem at all; we had apple juice with our meal and I took the wine upstairs afterwards.  It was just the thing to enjoy while watching a thunderstorm build.

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50 Comments Add yours

  1. nrhatch says:

    Great title!

    Your asparagus looks much “healthier” than in your last post. 🙂

    I love watching the approach of thunderstorms . . . especially while imbibing spirits.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Asparagus is best with minimal fiddling. And what a cracker of a storm it was 🙂

  2. MissChris says:

    And what a lovely thunderstorm it was!!
    That asparagus looks devine! Have not had fresh asparagus for ages!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very cheap at the moment, R7.95 a bunch, enough for the three of us, with leftovers 🙂

  3. halfp1nt says:

    That looks wonderful, Cin. I must admit I find it easier keeping to the Meat Free Mondays while my Rat’s away 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m really going to try to stick to it, but it’s hard because I usually have leftover meat from Sundays.

  4. deepercolors says:

    what are you going to do if they ever request a wine free day?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will pretend I don’t know about it …

      1. Chantelle says:

        *blocks ears and skips passed this comment*

      2. theonlycin says:

        *Blows vuvu loudly*

  5. slpmartin says:

    Very clever title and I do like the cause…thanks for the post on this subject.

    1. theonlycin says:

      An easy enough discipline to adopt 🙂

  6. Tandy says:

    that label is fantastic! good for you to enjoy the bottle of wine while celebrating a thunder storm 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      It was sublime 😀

  7. Supa says:

    At least you fared better than me and my artichokes!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Never mind, Supa, artichokes also don’t like wine …

  8. Madmom says:

    This is a meal dort regularly makes herself. Yums.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Very nice, especially with a gooey eggy 🙂

  9. lovely supper, i had frend\ch toast as i was too tired to cook anythig else, and it was raining so i couldn’t easilt\y stop and get a wiollies take away at 9pm

    1. theonlycin says:

      I adore French toast 😀

  10. Adeeyoyo says:

    Good habit to adopt… I could eat asparagus and/or mushrooms every day! In fact, I could live on veggies and fruit quite easily.

  11. souldipper says:

    Good healthy vegetarian meal and a confession from our Cin on comment #10. Hope you didn’t pick that guy on the label as your designated angel when you took the wine upstairs.

    1. theonlycin says:

      hahaha, no … I have experience of falling down those stairs 😉

  12. Bee says:

    Oh, I love these types of meals. So simple but completely tasty

    1. theonlycin says:

      100% organic too 🙂

  13. gospelwriter says:

    This is easy for me, as I have at least one (usually more) meat-free days in the week… I won’t swear to be good on Mondays though…

    Love the look of that asparagus, well the whole plate.

    1. theonlycin says:

      It’s often the case that Tuesdays are our meatless days; Sunday generally offers up leftovers that must be used on Monday.

  14. suzicate says:

    Those mushrooms look divine. I love them. How do you do yours? Do you use butter?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I use olive oil initially, until the mushrooms stop ‘squeaking’ and then I add a bit of butter for the final browning process.

      1. suzicate says:

        Thank you…I will try it that way. I’ve used olive oil and butter, but never in the same process like this…they look scrumptious!

  15. All good quotes. I’ve found lately that I have a lot more meatless days than a Monday, although I’m not methodical about it. Maybe I will be! I like Gwyneth Paltrow’s comment. I’m definitely not a vegetarian, as I really enjoy good, humanely-raised and organically raised meat, but I have also found that it can be quite expensive, and organic vegetables, which I have anyway, are expensive enough without adding the meat.

    I enjoy discovering veggie combinations that create good proteins, and I always marvel at how the poorer cultures (Mexican and Indian) hit upon that concept without knowing scientifically knowing how healthy it is! Mixing rice with legumes is a great example!

    Thanks for the post – didn’t know about MFMs!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yes, I also like the bean and rice combos 🙂

  16. Liane says:

    Those mushrooms look G-O-O-D 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      They sure tasted good 🙂

  17. I dont just love asparagus, I lurve it. That looks so good I cannot begin to describe my stomach’s machinations…

    1. theonlycin says:

      The low cost of asparagus at the moment means we can indulge daily 😀

  18. granny1947 says:

    Good Morning My Friend…mwah!

  19. Naomi says:

    Love this concept, and your resolution even more 🙂

    1. Cindy says:

      Easy enough to resolve to do 🙂

  20. Tammy McLeod says:

    I adore poached eggs. I cannot even figure out why but they just seem as though they are the only way an egg was intended to be cooked.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I agree with you, Tammy, they are a ‘gentle’ food.

  21. Your poached eggs reminded me of a meal my mother prepared when her budget was a bit short… She would serve them with a curry (mild) sauce and rice. It tasted so good ! Your own tasty meal is the kind of food I love.

    1. Tammy McLeod says:

      Isa, I love them with curry too. I had never had them that way until I visited Europe.

      1. theonlycin says:

        A lovely dish 😀

  22. Jamie Dedes says:

    Clever title. Appreciate and support the ideal. Despite lusting for meat sometimes and posting recipes that include it, we eat mostly veggie these days and often vegan.

    I don’t know about there, but what keeps meat consumption high in the U.S. is federal subsidies to those businesses. Eating vegetables and fruits actually and unbelievably is more expensive than a meat-based shopping. They’re not subsidized. Such a shame. One hopes and works for change.

    Dinner looks wonderful. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’d love to see a world where farming once again becomes a viable way of life and fresh produce is affordable to all.

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