Today global ‘Meat Free Week’ starts. Why would you go meat free for a week? Well, it might encourage you to think about how much meat you eat, where your meat comes from and the impact eating too much meat has on your health, animals and the environment. If you’re not used to eat vegetarian, skipping meat from the menu might seem like a big challenge. But if you are willing to experiment in the kitchen I assure you that you won’t even miss it. There are so many foods out there that replace meat perfectly fine, like beans and tofu for example. If you put a little bit more effort in prepping your veggies, you will surprise your tastebuds and even your boyfriend for sure. My BF was a bit hesitant at first too, but I managed to convert him into flexitarian.

I collected these 7 delicious veggie recipes for you to start your ‘Meat Free Week’ with.

1. Sweet pea bruschetta with ricotta, mint and pecorino

Photo by Karen Tedesco

Ingredients

1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
1 cup shelled peas, fresh or frozen
Salt
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh ground black pepper
4 ¾-inch thick slices crusty bread
1 garlic clove
Handful fresh mint leaves, sliced thin
2 ounce chunk Pecorino Romano cheese

Find the cooking instructions here.

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