Meat Free Monday: Mexican Spuds with Marney's Wholefood Kitchen

Want a quick and easy way to reduce your personal, family and household impact on the planet? Go meat free 1 day per week, as suggested by Meat Free Monday. Yes, reducing your meat consumption REALLY WILL have a significant impact and help the planet, by reducing the associated greenhouse gases, land clearing and water usage.

Women Against Waste Tribe Member Marney of Marney’s Wholefood Kitchen and Jayvid Permaculture is sharing with us some of her favourite vegetarian meals that are so delish you won’t even miss the meat. Shop for what you need this weekend, and be ready to give it whirl this Monday - or any other day of the week that suits you. Look out for other recipes that she will share with our tribe in the coming weeks and months. We’d love to hear you feedback in our online group when you make it.

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4-6 medium sized potatoes
1 small onion
1 small carrot
1 stick celery
1 clove of garlic
1 can kidney beans
1 can black beans
1 tin crushed tomatoes
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp powdered coriander
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper (ground)
1 tbsp cumin

Optional ingredients
Guacamole, mashed avocado, sour cream, grated cheese or butter.


Cook potatoes in the oven for 45-90 mins at 180 degrees (Cooking time will depend on size of potatoes.  A medium sized potato will take about an hour).  The skin of the potato should be gently browned and a knife inserted should go to the centre without resistance. No need to wrap in any foil (let’s not make extra waste).

Approximately 15 minutes before the potatoes are ready, in a frying pan heat oil to fry off onion, carrot, garlic and celery until the onion is translucent. Add all spices and fry for a further 2 minutes before adding the beans, tomatoes and half the empty tin of water.  Cook over low heat for 15 mins. 

To serve, cut the potato and place in a bowl – add butter if desired, the spoon the bean mix over potato. Finish as desired using optional ingredients. It is delicious when you use ALL of the optional ingredients. 

If you’re like Marney, do not add coriander. If you’re like Tania, add LOTS of coriander! (This is a running joke between Marney and Tania which will never be settled. We’ve made peace with it. PS ADD CORIANDER!)

Vegans may choose cashew cream and vegan cheese.
Sweet potato is a great lower carb option than regular potato.