I’ve recently been using a new cookbook ‘Less meat, more veg‘ by Rachel de Thample.
Looking at the title, you might think this is a book full of vegetarian recipes but it’s full of tasty meals using meat. Apparently we eat twice the amount of meat that we need and only half the vegetables, so this book concentrates on using less meat, and on making our meat go further. It’s about only eating the amount of meat that we need, and using every bit of the joint rather than throwing our leftovers in the bin.
In the UK, we consume twice as much protein as we need, this is mainly in the form of meat and dairy. This places a huge demand on animal food production meaning that many animals are intensively reared. Eating huge amounts of meat and dairy from these animals cannot be good for our health. By following the recommendations in this book we can reduce our demand on animal food production, (thus reducing our greenhouse gases) eat more vegetables and even save some money! Food is very expensive in the current economic climate, our food bills are going up and up but we CAN do something to reduce these bills, by following Rachel’s recipes.
Since discovering this book, if I cook a joint of roast beef, I use the leftover beef in a spaghetti bolognese or cottage pie instead of buying additional minced beef from the supermarket. I just pop the roast beef into the food processor and chop it up into very small pieces. If you also use leftover beef gravy for your cottage pie it makes it really yummy!
I’ve been using this book for a couple of months now and it has totally changed the way that I plan our meals. For instance, if I make a roast chicken, I now follow the suggestions in this book for using every bit of the chicken. In fact Rachel offers four recipes which you can make from your leftover chicken. Now when I buy my chicken I make sure that I get one with giblets and use these for making the yummy Tagliatelle sauce recipe and use the chicken liver to make a jar of country pate (yummy on toast!). Previously we used to just use leftover meat in sandwiches but this book shows us there is so much more you can do with it. Another feature that I really love in this book is the detailed list of our ‘five a day’. If you struggle to eat your recommended five portions a day just check out this list and you’ll find it’s easier than you may think.
I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to reduce their family grocery bills, eat more healthily and help to reduce their effect on their environment. It’s more than a just recipe book, it’s a new way of looking at the foods we eat and the effects that our food habits have on our planet. You can buy this book from Amazon here.