REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 8PM (UK) MONDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
If you think vegetables are boring - think again!
Make veg the star of your plate and join me for 7 days of taste and reflection in this celebration of beautiful in-season vegetables.
From Sunday 1st October to Saturday 7th October we'll explore the sweet and savoury side of cooking with vegetables.
Get veggie inspired with a delicious meat free meal plan for the week accompanied by a flavour-laden recipe booklet and daily meditation videos to help you tap into your senses as you taste.
AND...everyone who signs up will be in the running to win a copy of the lovely new cookery book from Jo Pratt, The Flexible Vegetarian.
I'm going to be put it out there: I love vegetables!
They make me feel good, add colour to my plate - and my palate.
Meat free food sometimes has a reputation of being boring, not quite as satisfying as the meaty stuff or full of mung beans (which, by the way, can be tasty if cooked the right way!).
However the truth is that eating less meat is good for your health, good for the planet - and it can also be great for your mouth.
And if you'd like to eat less meat you're not alone...
In recent times over one quarter of the UK population has reduced or limited their meat consumption? And another big chunk of people - 14 percent in fact - are planning to in the future*.
These days being vegetarian or vegan doesn't make you a social outcast or a hippie (though being a hippie is kind of cool too). And lots of people are taking a more 'flexitarian' approach to eating, mixing in plant based foods without cutting out meat, seafood or dairy altogether.
But where do you start?
When you starting making vegetables the focus, flavour - one of my other favourite things - becomes even more important. Cooking this type of food helps you flex your creative cooking muscles as you start experimenting with how to make food delicious and nourishing (I think that's called a win, win!).
And because eating well isn't just about what you eat, but how you taste and eat, reflection and meditation are blended into the 7 days. Each daily meditation helps develop your sensory awareness and activate your parasympathetic (aka 'rest and digest') nervous system - and generally just get you feeling kinda good.
Want to know more? Keep reading...
* Mintel UK Meat-Free Foods Market Report - May 2017
How does all this vegetable lovin' work?
Well, I want to make this nice and easy for you as I know you're busy...
You can get yourself all sorted out and ready to go before the week starts as you'll receive a:
- shopping list
- weekly meal plan
- recipe e-booklet
These recipes are designed to fit in with busy lives. You'll often make extra portions to use at future meals or prepare a few basics (like seed mixes) on the first day to add to a variety of meals in the week ahead.
There is a mix of sweet and savoury options - with some snacks and treats thrown in.
You can choose to follow the full plan over the week or swap some of your meals for the meat free options. As you'll have the recipe booklet, you can work through the remainder at a time that suits you!
You can even swap in the odd bought or restaurant meal if this makes things more manageable for your lifestyle - but the focus is, as much as possible, preparing your own food.
To give you a little taster of what's involved, below is a sample menu for the week.
The idea is not to be "perfect", but to enjoy the wonderful world of veg - and to pick and choose from the menu so that this week works for you...
I suggest putting aside a little time on Day 1 (Sunday 1st October) to prepare some meals and snacks for the week ahead.
Each morning you'll get access to a short meditation video (recorded by me!). You can either do this first thing - or at a time of the day that suits you best.
In the middle of the week I'll run a live (online) cook along so we can cook together and I can answer any questions you might have.
There's also a special Facebook Group for you to share your experiences in - with a special Facebook Live session thrown in to check with everyone!
But wait, there's more!
One lucky vegetable lover will win a copy of the beautiful new cookery book, The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt (published by Quarto Publishing). Everyone who signs up for the 7 days will be in the running - and will also receive a bonus recipe from the book.
Hi, I'm Meredith and I'm a big food and flavour lover (especially if it involves dark chocolate). I want to help as many people as possible fall in love with cooking and eating well.
I set up my business, Food At Heart, for people like me who also love food and flavour - but also want to pursue a more conscious way of living and eating.
Some of my earliest memories are of leaning over a mixing bowl with my mum. Since then, food and cooking has been such an important part of life. But it wasn’t all mixing bowls and cookery books. My career spans market research, marketing, music and e-commerce. And I learned a lot about selling toothpaste.
What kept me going over the years in my 'normal' work was my love of flavour and cooking; it was an important creative outlet and a way of relieving stress.
A couple of years ago, some digestive issues made me realise I needed to press the pause button. I had to pay attention to my eating and life in a whole new way.
An opportunity came to take a leap out of corporate life and from this, Food At Heart was born. I now support people through programmes and events that give them some time out to taste with a bit more attention. I blend reflection, tasting and cooking to help people create delicious and nourishing food (including a healthy spattering of dark chocolate!).