Defined on Wikipedia as an international campaign that encourages people to not eat meat on Mondays to improve their health and the health of the planet, Meatless Monday is a concept I would like to encourage.

The Meatless Monday movement is growing and gaining momentum as celebrities, health experts and restaurateurs get in on the idea. Celebrities taking action include: actress Jessica Simpson, News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch’s wife Wendi Murdoch, Oprah, best selling food author Michael Pollan, The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, Lance Armstong, American Idol’s Simon Cowell, Yoko Ono, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sir Paul McCartney.

More information can be found at www.meatlessmonday.com

As part of your Meatless Monday Menu I would recomend a luscious antioxidant filled salad. Strawberries are great for us. They contain high amounts of antioxidant, fibre, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, and magnesium. They are great for our bone health, are anti-inflammatory and are well-known to fight against the onset of many different forms of cancer.

So before the season ends… Try out this recipe or just tuck into a bowl of the best your can get.

Strawberry Quinoa Salad

1 punnet strawberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Combine strawberries, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.

2 cups organic mixed salad leaves
1/2 cup quinoa
1 handful snow peas

Cook quinoa as per packet instructions and set aside to cool.
Blanch the snow peas in boiling water and refresh in ice water.
Combine the cold quinoa, snow peas and salad in the large bowl and toss.
Transfer the salad to a serving dish and pour strawberry dressing over the top.