If you are yet to get on the meat free Monday train, today you can try it out. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a succulent piece of lamb at the best of times, however here in Australia we are one of the biggest consumers of red meat in the world. We eat too much. Methane produced by the production of red meat is harming our environment. And we know from research too much red meat puts us at risk of bowel cancer.

Have I convinced you yet to try a meat free meal, just once a week?

Could also be a good time to sample chick peas or lentils, the long forgotten (windy) legume cousins, but oh so beneficial for us.

Today’s recipe uses zucchini instead of pasta. This is perfect for those with Coeliac or Non-Coeliac Gluten sensitivity. Or anyone that just wants to try out this meal. You will need a vegetable spiral maker, a mandoline slicer or some excellent knife skills to get the zucchini that thin.


  • This meal is quite light in carbohydrates and vegetables, try adding roasted Brussels sprouts or some sweet corn for crunch
  • Toss through sundried tomatoes or grape tomoatoes
  • Stir through a can of rinsed chick peas

Link for the recipe Zucchetti with Pesto via Taste.com.au

I’d love to hear about any new recipes that you have tried lately!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Madeleine (THG)

This post first appeared on That Healthy Girl blog and was written by Madeleine Baumgart https://flipsidenutrition.com.au/2016/08/01/meatless-monday-zucchetti-pesto/

About Madeleine Baumgart

Dietitian/Nutritionist/Registered Nurse

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January 2022 Covid-19 Update

Because of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and current outbreak, our in-person services are closed until further notice.

However, we are offering telehealth nutrition consultations for both Joanna and Madeleine. 

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