Annabel Langbein's vegetarian barbecue (+recipes)
Ahh the promises, the promises. We've all been there, full of fierce, heartfelt determination each January the first, resolving to ... aah what will it be this year? Do more exercise ... learn something new ... lose weight ... drink less ... spend less time in front of a screen ... be a better person ... open doors for other people ...
A week later, 75 per cent of us (if research is to be believed), are still on track, but roll things out another six months and around half will have fallen off the wagon of their best intentions.
I'm a great believer in dropping the bar to make things easier - it gives you a better chance of success.
Thinking about well-being, both on a personal level and a planetary one, brings me to the idea of eating less meat as a worthy and, at the same time, achievable resolution for 2017. The huge global initiative known as Meatless Monday is an idea that's been around for about 14 years and is now active in 44 countries around the globe.
You'll find it from the East to the West - from Bhutan to Hungary and Denmark to Peru. Vested in helping to support the environment and reduce our carbon footprint is the idea that one day a week can make a world of difference, and at the same time, adopting a more plant-based diet make a positive difference to your own health. It picks up on American food activist Michael Pollan's well-known mantra: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
It's a no-brainer when you think about it - you get to save money (meat being a big-ticket item in the shopping trolley), be healthier and use less of this troubled planet's resources, while not feeling like you're missing out. Feels like win-win all round.
It might not be only Monday that becomes meatless in your life, but a designated day provides a focus towards using less, wasting less, feeling healthier and being more resourceful.
So here, then, are some meatless meals to cook on the barbecue this summer, designed to forever dispel the idea that the only good thing to cook over the coals is meat!
For more great Annabel Langbein recipes see her new winter annual Annabel Langbein A Free Range Life: Share the Love (Annabel Langbein Media, $24.95) or visit annabel-langbein.com