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While most of us would like to ignore it, the truth is we eat too much meat. This is bad news for our health, for the environment, and – as it turns out – even for our tastebuds! These five delicious meat-reduction ideas are not only healthy, but are a great way to spice up some tired classics.

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Cheese burger

Replace the patty of a cheeseburger with a nice thick slice of everyone’s favourite BBQ friendly cheese, halloumi. Slap it down on good quality bun with some aioli and fresh salad for a treat straight from vege-burger heaven!

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Protein power breakfast (eggs, mushroom, avocado, spinach

Break the mould of the traditional cooked breakfast with a meat free option that packs the punch of a full cooked breakfast, without the grease. Avocado, sautéed mushrooms and baby spinach (fresh or wilted) are the perfect vegetarian accompaniment to your morning egg on toast.

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Terrine

Usually a dense meaty affair, terrine can also be made using seasonal summer vegetables. Unlike their carnivorous counterpart, vegetarian terrines are light and refreshing, making them ideal for entertaining on a summer’s day.

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Meatballs

Far from traditional but full of flavour, meat-free meatballs are a flavour sensation that must be tasted to be believed. Substitute minced meat with finely chopped sautéed mushrooms for rich saucy treats that will go well with pasta or some crusty bread.

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Meat Pie

A meat pie without the meat is a sentiment sure to send shivers down the spine of carnivores everywhere. Textured vegetable protein, peas and sliced mushrooms stand in for the meat pies key ingredient, swimming in a rich gravy and packaged in a golden pastry.

Understandably, giving up meat fulltime is not something high on everyone’s to do list, including us. Going meat free just once or twice a week is a great way to reduce your meat intake and discover great new flavours that have been under your nose the whole time.

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