Meat Free for A Week: Day 1

Apologies in advance if you don’t find cooking interesting because the next few posts here are going to be somewhat cooking/recipe centered 🙂

So Dan and I decided after watching a sustainable eating focused cooking show the other night that we would try to generally eat less meat.  Then we just decided to try going completely meat free for dinner for a week just to try it out.  I guess there’s a variety of reasons to try to eat less meat, it’s healthier, lessening your carbon foot print and also just changing up from the usual meat, potato and vegetable for a meal.

So we loaded up with fresh produce, tinned tomatoes, beans, lentils, and rice at the grocery store yesterday.  And tonight our first recipe was roasted bell peppers stuffed with couscous and halloumi cheese.

They were delicious and filling!  Filling being key since Dan eats like he has a black hole for a stomache.  Here is the recipe:

4 large peppers

2 cups of sliced mushrooms

2 cloves of garlic

Half chopped red onion

50 grams couscous

200 grams chopped halloumi cheese (cheddar or mozzarella would work as well)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the peppers in half through the stalks and scoop out the seeds. Put the peppers in one layer on a baking sheet. Drizzle one tablespoon of the oil over the peppers, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the peppers are just tender.
  2. While peppers are roasting, saute minced garlic in olive oil adding sliced mushrooms and chopped onion.  Prepare the couscous according to the package.  When couscous is done, combine with the mushrooms and onion. Add the cubed halloumi cheese and 1 tsp of dried parsley.  Season with salt and pepper and spoon into the pepper halves. Return to the oven for 15 minutes, until the cheese is golden.

The peppers are really tasty and simple to make, we’ll definitely be making these again, especially since it would be so easy to change up the stuffing!


About Mandy

29 year old, somewhat snarky, happily married, and always on the look out for a good recipe or latest beauty bargain.
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2 Responses to Meat Free for A Week: Day 1

  1. Sounds super good! John and I will be trying to eat more on a budget when I get back to Scotland so I’m sure that will equal less meat.

    • penguinspam says:

      You’re coming back over soon aren’t you??

      I thought it was going to make our shop cheaper, but it was about the same as usual(it’s kind of hard to get a good gauge of what we usually spend though since we pretty much run ourselves out of food before we do another shop so we have to completely restock). I’m thinking that we will get a lot more meals/leftovers from this even though it cost about the same.

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