I 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.
(This is a Green Monday Recipe – see more here)
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.za. Like them on Facebook. Follow @GreenMondaySA on Twitter #GreenMondaySA.
See more Mindful Mondays here