World Meat Free Day

Our Favourite Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes

According to , if 10 million people (that’s less than one percent of the global population) switch the meat in one meal, for a vegetarian option on World Meat Free Day it would:

  • Reduce enough CO2 emissions to drive around the world 2,438 times
  • Save 885 million calories…
  • …And 48 tonnes of Sat Fat – the weight of 3.5 Big Bens
  • Save up to 5,700 acres of land – the equivalent of 89,000 tennis courts
  • Reduce water usage by 13 million tonnes – equivalent to 5,000 Olympic swimming pools

We are still scratching our heads here at PAREdown as we realize that World Meat Free Day is a new initiative. June 15th, 2015 is the first ever World Meat Free Day. In our effort to support awareness of the environmental impacts created by meat consumption, we have put together a list of a few favourite vegetarian/vegan recipes.


Jamie Oliver’s Summer Chickpea Salad

A light refreshing protein packed meal. Perfect for summer, and make sure to make extra for lunch the next day!

Recipe Here


Weelicious Vegan Sesame Dressing

Great as a dressing or dip for veggies. This healthy,flavourful dressing is loved by everyone in the Smith-Arnsdorf household!

Recipe Here


Serious Eat’s Chickpea, Potato and Spinach Jalfrezi with Cilantro Chutney

The title says it all! This one has been tucked away for too long, it’s making a dinner-time appearance this week.

Recipe Here


Barefoot Contessa’s Panzanella Salad

Tomatoes, crunchy bread and vinaigrette.  The perfect combination, like bruchetta in a bowl, but perhaps better!

Recipe Here


Vegan, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free (Guilt Free) Ah-Mazing Strawberry Crisp.

So good you will eat it for breakfast… no seriously, you will.

Recipe Here

Oh She Glows’ 15 Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta

The BEST dairy-free pasta – a Must try! Also great for an easy nutritious kids meal.

Recipe Here


All Recipe’s Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Burger Patty.

This recipe has been a staple in our house for a few years now. Any number of flavour combinations will do but our personal favourite is with chipotle aioli, caramelized onions and spinach. Yum!

Recipe Here

Serious Eat’s Korean Fried Cauliflower

Waiting for unwrapped cauliflower to arrive at farmers markets and grocery stores makes adding this recipe feel like a bit of a tease. However this is definitely one to try when this veggie makes it’s seasonal appearance!

Recipe Here


Oh She Glow’s Shredded Kale Salad

Kale enthusiasts unite! This is a good one.

Recipe Here


PAREdown Home’s Asparagus Soup

Perfect for spring, served hot or cold.

Recipe Here



Popsugar’s Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burrito

All I can say is “nom nom nom!”

I have made our own tortillas for this recipe and they need a little, ummm…work. I would love it if you would share your tortilla recipes with me below (oh ya, I love corn…. )!

Recipe Here


Serious Eat’s Coconut Cashew Curry

You’ll need a well stocked spice cabinet for this one, but your taste buds will thank you!

Recipe Here


We hope we have been able to get your salivary glands going and “wake up” the little veggie in you. Our families have committed to eating two to three vegetarian meals a week. We are always looking for inspiration so please share your favorite vegetarian recipes with us below!