Mindful Monday – Launch of Green Monday South Africa

MindfulMondayI attended the launch of Green Monday South Africa last week, of course appropriately it was held on a Monday.  What was particularly wonderful to see was that the launch was so widely supported and what a brilliant choice of venue–TRUTH on Buikenkant Street.

Early supporters of the campaign include Baboon Matters, Beauty Without Cruelty, Fry’s Family Foods, EATegrity, Greenpeace Africa, Greyton Transition Town, Hungry Herbivore, Plant Restaurant, Truth Coffee Roasting, SAFCEI and Soil For Life, in addition to celebrities such as Anji Woodley, Armand du Plessis, Braam Malherbe, Chef Kamini Pather, Natalie Becker, Nicole Flint, Siv Ngesi, Stevie French, Tamerin Jardine and Vanessa Haywood.


Each time you eat something, you are endorsing the journey it has travelled to your mouth so here is a  delicious and mindful eating recipes for you to enjoy.

Lentil Burger
Photograph Meredith Lee/The HSUS
Photograph Meredith Lee/The HSUS

(This is a Green Monday Recipe – see more here)

Serves 6
2 tablespoons flax meal
6 tablespoons water
1 cup cooked lentils
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1½ cup breadcrumbs
¼ cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon pepper

Combine the flax meal and water in a small saucepan and boil for three minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, stir together the lentils, beans, breadcrumbs, onions, oil, spices, salt, and pepper. Add the binder and mix well. Divide into six parts and shape into patties.
Fry in a lightly oiled pan on medium-high heat for five to 10 minutes, flipping carefully once. Serve with your usual burger accompaniments.

Based on a recipe by Sarah Kramer, author of How it All Vegan!, The Garden of Vegan, and La Dolce Vegan.


Mindful Eating Fact


Says Tozie Zokufa, program manager for HSI South Africa: “Farm animals are often raised in crowded factory farms that pollute the environment, in addition to causing tremendous animal suffering. From land use to water use and water pollution, to greenhouse gas emissions, there are few areas of the environment that aren’t affected in some way by animal agriculture. Cutting back on animal-sourced foods once a week can decrease our environmental footprint and help keep us healthy too.

 “When South Africans sign on to Green Monday, they make a statement about the kind of world they want to live in and leave to their children. That world will be much healthier, cleaner and more humane.” Tozie Zokufa

Pledge your support for GreenMondaySA and help bring about change in inhumane farming practices. For more information on Green Monday, and to sign the pledge, visit www.greenmonday.co.zaLike them on Facebook. Follow @GreenMondaySA on Twitter #GreenMondaySA.

See more Mindful Mondays here

Sonia Mountford

Sonia Mountford lived as an expat in the Middle East for a number of years and enjoyed travelling and exposure to third and first world cultures. Her interest in food security began while visiting in Sri Lanka after floods and discovering the politics around Food Aid. As a co-founder of Grass Consumer Action and the only full time member, she spent four years researching the dysfunctional food system in South Africa, investigating, questioning and exposing misleading claims. Although her interests range from food politics to toxins in our food, including harmful ingredients in processed foods and Big Food influence; she soon came to realize that the most important part of the food journey begins on farms. For that reason she spends much of her time visiting farms, learning and talking about constraints and concerns in production methods with farmers. Passionate about nutritional food security she believes higher animal welfare farming practices are not only necessary for ethical reasons but also for human health. She is an ambassador for SOIL, BEES and healthy WATER. Mountford started EATegrity (eategrity.co.za) “Helping You Find Integrity in the Food Chain” in 2015. Her aim is create greater consumer awareness about the food chain and to encourage transparency in the South African food industry.

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