Get around a stuffed poblano pepper or some ginger fried rice this week. #meatfreeweek
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23 Sep 2019 - 5:12 PM  UPDATED 25 Sep 2019 - 12:03 PM

Take Meat-Free Monday one step further and see if you can swap out meat in all your weekly meals. The official Meat Free Week runs from 23-29 of September but with so much delicious right here, it won't be hard to work some of these recipes into your weekly rotation.

1. Roast tomato, basil and haloumi lasagne

Donna Hay, also known as cheese genius, puts slices of haloumi on top of this lasagne so they get all melty and toasted while the lasagne cooks.

Lasagne Donna Hay
Tomato lasagne.

2. Tofu, soba and greens miso soup

It’s actually outrageous how easy this one is, and you can keep most ingredients in the pantry for a five-minute dinner.

Tofu greens miso soup
Tofu greens miso soup

3. Vegetarian nasi goreng with marinated paneer

Forget the ayam, paneer soaks up so much flavor you won’t even miss the animal protein.

Vegetarian Nasi Goreng with Marinated Paneer Homemade Prawn Crackers

4. Bhutanese red rice, goji berry and hazelnut salad

Get around this filling salad that won’t go limp on the commute. It’s not very Bhutanese but a few slabs of fried haloumi on top wouldn’t hurt.

Bhutanese red rice, goji berry & hazelnut salad
Bhutanese red rice, goji berry & hazelnut salad

5. Egyptian falafel

Be right back, drinking tahini sauce.

Egyptian falafel
Egyptian falafel

6. Stir-fried lettuce bowl with ginger fried rice and fried egg

Hetty McKinnon’s recipe comes from her mum, who would make ginger fried rice to settle her stomach.

Ginger fried rice lettuce bowl with fried egg Hetty McKinnon
Ginger fried rice.

7. Haloumi with ajvar on a bagel

Bread? Check. Cheese? Check. Slavic roasted red pepper paste? Check check.

Haloumi with ajvar
Haloumi with ajvar

8. Beetroot, seeds and avocado quinoa salad

Chock-full of good fats and healthy grains.

Beetroot, seeds and avocado quinoa salad

9. Cantonese fried noodles

Fulfil the noodle craving – it only takes a few minutes.

Cantonese fried egg noodles with soy sauce
Cantonese fried egg noodles with soy sauce

10. Salt and pepper silken tofu

This stuff is seriously good, think silky mild tofu covered in a crunchy batter and dusted in salty spiced pepper seasoning.

Salt and pepper silken tofu
Salt and pepper silken tofu

11. Nettle gnocchi with tomato sauce

Throwing you something fancy for when the friends come round this weekend. With the labour of love that goes into these gnocchi they won’t even notice it’s meat-free week.

Nettle gnocchi Ormeggio
Nettle gnocchi

12. Chickpea pancake with eggplant

This Italian street snack has a grilled chickpea pancake and slices of fried eggplant stuffed into a fresh ciabatta roll.

Chickpea pancake with eggplant
Chickpea pancake with eggplant

13. Mushroom falafel burgers

To curb that burger craving.

Mushroom falafel burgers
Mushroom falafel burgers

14. Cheddar and chive scones

Because snacks are important on meat-free week; though it’s hard to resist eating a meal’s worth of these scones.

Khorasan, cheddar and chive scones
Khorasan, cheddar and chive scones

15. Fried carrot cake

Say yes to the 'other' carrot cake.

Fried carrot cake (chai tow kway)
Fried carrot cake (chai tow kway)

16. Kombucha overnight oats

Jazz up your breakfast and get gut-friendly at the same time.

Overnight kombucha oats

17. Potato rosti

Thank you Europe for bringing this giant hash brown into our lives today.

Potato rosti
Potato rosti

18. Spinach and pine nut rolls

A universal crowd pleaser, unless you’re a crazy person.

Spinach and pine nut rolls
Spinach and pine nut rolls

19. Rice noodles with Chinese broccoli

Noodle, egg, tofu, broccoli, garlic. Nothing else needed.

Pat sii uu (Chicken rice noodle stir-fry)
Pat sii uu (Chicken rice noodle stir-fry)

20. Stuffed poblano chillies

These moreish roasted peppers are stuffed with cheese then battered and fried. Great with a drizzle of lime and a fresh salad.

Stuffed poblano chillies
Stuffed poblano chillies (chiles rellenos)

21. Persian omelette

It’s the herbs, not the eggs that are the star of this Iranian omelette. Excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Food Safari's Persian omelette (kuku sabzi)
Food Safari's Persian omelette (kuku sabzi)

22. Mujaddara

If the cupboard is looking a bit bare, never fear! All you need for this moreish Lebanese rice dish is lentils, onion and of course, rice.

Mujaddara
Mujaddara

23. Jewish Yemeni bread with zhug

You might not believe it but this buttery bread called kubaneh is baked overnight. Pop in the oven on Saturday evening for a zero-effort Sunday morning treat.

Jewish Yemeni Bread (kubaneh)

SOMETHING SWEET?
Banana tarte tatin

This is a quick and easy dessert, perfect served with lashings of thick cream.  

Strawberry vanilla yoghurt

A super-easy yoghurt that makes a great dessert or breakfast. Strawberries have a natural sweetness but are surprisingly low in sugar.

Rich chocolate mousse

Time to get crafty in the kitchen! You'll be using cellophane and egg rings to create the cups for this dessert. A dainty way to serve chocolate mousse that will surely impress.

Peanut butter semifreddo

A semifreddo is a semi-frozen Italian dessert - it's like ice cream, but lighter. For lovers of the peanut-butter-and-chocolate combination, this is the ultimate dessert for you. 

Lemon myrtle Dutch baby

This is like a giant pancake and makes a great dessert, breakfast or brunch.

Rose-flavoured kulfi

Kulfi is a classic Indian dessert - an ice cream that is rich and decadent. Kulfi can be made in a variety of different flavours (mango, pistachio and rose being the most popular) and the good news is, it's easy to make and does not require a lot of complicated steps.

Richo’s rocky road

Rocky road has to be the ultimate no-bake dessert. This recipe includes all the old favourites, but save it for the grown-ups only: there's a sneaky shot of rum in there, used to soak a handful of currants.

Matcha panna cotta

Panna cotta is like a blank dessert canvas for flavour, and adding matcha tea powder to it imparts a unique grassy savouriness. A topping of fresh strawberries brings a contrasting burst of sweetness and colour.

Easy banoffee pie

This classic American dessert combines banana, caramel, cream and chocolate in an easy make-ahead dessert. Make sure you it's chilled properly so the caramel filling can set.

Kanafeh with apple tea

Whether you call it knefe, kanafeh, knafe, or "that Middle Eastern cheese sweet"...a cheesy dessert by any other name would taste just as good. The Chefs' Line