More Than Broccoli helps you make the transition to eating vegetarian more often by providing you with inspiration and new recipes to try. Every month we publish at least four recipes for you to try — that’s once a week, if you so wish. We don’t ask you to change your entire identity, but invite you to try something new once a week.
Anyone can join More Than Broccoli! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never cooked vegetarian or have been vegetarian for years. As long as you’re curious about how to eat and cook vegetarian, you’ve come to the right place. Many of the dishes are also easy to make vegan, or they are already vegan, so if you want to take it one step further, More Than Broccoli got you covered.
We will publish a new recipe every week for a year. That’s at least 52 new recipes for you to try! In addition, we have a collection of “treating yourself” recipes to which we add new desserts and other treats throughout the year.
More Than Broccoli is also participating in the Dutch National Week Without Meat (March 7-13, 2022) so that week we will post extra recipes if you want to cook vegetarian for a full week, instead of once a week. The choice is yours as we only give tips, but that’s another six more recipes!
There is still a stigma that vegetarian food is boring or for ‘a certain kind of person’, with an emphasis on vegetables or on ingredients such as quinoa that are unknown to most of us in the West. The name More Than Broccoli comes from the idea of showing that vegetarian food does not have to be difficult and that it is not just vegetables, especially thanks to meat replacements. Our “traditional” Western dishes can now be made vegetarian. And why mention broccoli? Believe it or not but it’s Jennifer’s favourite vegetable!
Jennifer has been collecting recipes for years. The recipes come from cookbooks, websites, Sainsbury’s and similar magazines, and from family. These are not only vegetarian recipes, but she saves anything she likes. This means she also has a lot of notes on how to make a recipe vegetarian and what the best meat replacements are. More Than Broccoli shares the modified recipes, including notes that Jennifer collected and a link to the original recipe where possible.
Research has shown that the high degree of meat consumption in the West contributes directly to climate change. A quarter of greenhouse gases come from food, and more than half of that comes from animal products. Of those animal products, half of the emissions comes from the consumption of beef and lamb. Eating less meat, and especially less red meat, is therefore an important step that we can all take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
You may have noticed the small ‘Carbon calculator’ at the bottom of every page. The reason is that the internet itself also consumes a lot of energy, and the calculation shows the carbon footprint of each page on this website. We try to keep that footprint as small as possible, so we opted for a simple design and as few photos as possible (the only photos you’ll come across are the illustrations with the recipes, so you know what you’re cooking!).
We calculate the impact using the BBC Climate Change Food calculator. The results we present are based on how many people participate in More Than Broccoli and assumes that they cut beef once or twice a week.
Absolutely! There is a lot of information out in the media and online, which can be quite overwhelming. We’d recommend starting by having a look at the resources of WWF. They explain what climate change and global warming is, and also offer a simple tool to help you calculate and understand your own carbon footprint.
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