Welcome to Meatless Mondays Australia!
This month we have another healthy and very yummy meatless recipe for you to try, a delicious warm tempeh and mushroom salad we know you will love. We tell you all about why you should eat mushrooms for your health, and give you some advice on how to avoid becoming dehydrated as we head towards summer. We ask you to think about getting your pets to join in on Meatless Mondays and tell you how going without meat one day a week can benefit their health as much as it does yours. We fill you in on how you and your kettle can help save the planet, and give you some wise words from the inspirational Gandhi. Finally, we detail what’s on in November that’s good for you and good for the planet. Just like eating meat-free at least one day a week is good for you and good for the planet.
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Food of the Month
Mushrooms are one of nature’s true superfoods. Throughout recorded history mushrooms have been eaten as a delicacy and recognised for their health and medicinal properties. Not only are they high in B-group vitamins and potassium, mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetable protein that is easily digested.
- Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B5
- Potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and selenium
- Dietary fibre
Eating mushrooms regularly has been shown to:
- Reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and protect against heart disease
- Support immune function
- Reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer
- Help fight infection
- Lessen the severity of migraine headaches
When buying, select firm, dry, clean mushrooms. Mushrooms should be stored in the fridge in a paper or cloth bag to avoid sweating and should be consumed within a few days. Never wash mushrooms, simply wipe them with a clean damp cloth before using. To obtain the most nutritional benefit eat them raw or lightly cooked.
And don’t forget to look for the locally grown product so you don’t add to your carbon footprint. If your greengrocer or supermarket doesn’t stock locally grown produce, please encourage them to do so.
Recipe of the Month
Warm Tempeh and Mushroom Salad
300g tempeh, diced
250g button mushrooms, sliced finely
1 red and 1 yellow capsicum, diced
2 zucchini, diced
100g baby spinach
100g cherry tomatoes, quartered
2 spring onions, sliced finely
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon brown sugar
Heat half of the oil in a wok. Stir-fry the tempeh until browned. Stir through the soy sauce and remove from the wok.
Heat the remaining oil in the wok and stir-fry the garlic, mushrooms, capsicum and zucchini until tender. Add the red wine vinegar and sugar, and then the spinach and cook until just wilted. Remove the wok from the heat. Gently combine all ingredients and serve.
Healthy You Quick Tip
Being dehydrated can cause tiredness, mental fogginess and headaches. To make sure you stay well hydrated:
- Drink plenty of water. Six to eight glasses a day will also help to flush your body of waste products and toxins
- Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages as they have a diuretic effect on the body
- Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. With their high water content, fruit and veggies are another valuable source of water for your system.
Healthy Planet Quick Tip
When you boil the kettle for a cuppa, only put enough water in the kettle for your immediate needs. Even though they are only on for a brief period of time, kettles use a lot of electricity so overfilling them costs the planet as well as your wallet.
To get an idea of how much power the humble kettle uses, consider this piece of trivia. In the UK, ad breaks during the popular TV show Coronation Street place such enormous demands on the electricity grid that emergency supplies have to be on stand-by to meet the needs of the millions of people boiling their kettles at the same time. True story!
Feeding your pets on Meatless Mondays
Did you know that your pets can safely take part in Meatless Mondays with you? In the wild, dogs and cats would eat a varied diet, not necessarily an all meat-based diet. In fact, studies have shown that pets fed meat alone tend to have a poor general condition, while animals fed a nutritionally sound vegetarian diet show a variety of health benefits such as increased vitality and improved coat condition. So one meatless day a week may be as beneficial to your pets as it is for you.
Wise Words – Mahatma Gandhi
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Mahatma Gandhi 1869-1948
Indian political and spiritual leader
What’s On in November
Art and Climate Change – 4 to 13 November
Art and climate change – re-imagining a global future through dialogue and action. Tipping Point Australia is hosting events in Sydney and Brisbane for invited international and Australian artists, scientists and others to explore ways in which we can adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. You can join in the conversation.
National Recycling Week – 8 to 14 November
National Recycling Week is an initiative of Planet Ark to encourage all Aussies to recycle, conserve resources and help to tackle climate change. Check out their site for more info and to find out how you can engage in a workplace fling or swapping spree to do your bit to help the planet.