Philippi dish best served green

2016-04-28 06:00
Mama Kaba speaking about healithiness of eating green foods.

Mama Kaba speaking about healithiness of eating green foods.

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The Humane Society International (HSI) held their first Green Monday South Africa community outreach program at the Philippi Hub Heart Capital last week.

HSI programme manager Tozie Zokufa said Green Monday South Africa was an easy, flexible and fun way to make a positive difference.

“We encourage people to do small things like eating plant-based meals (no eggs, no meat, no dairy) on Mondays to make a positive difference,” she said. Tozie said families on tight budgets might assume that plant based meals are expensive or time-consuming to prepare.

“In reality, plant based meals can be more affordable, easier to prepare and more delicious than conventional animal based foods,” she said.

In order to demonstrate this reality and empower all South African communities to be green and healthy by eating plant-based at least one day per week, HSI held a plant-based cooking session in Philippi.

Fifty-five participants from Philippi attended the workshop which aimed to provide them with the skills and knowledge to cook more wholesome, healthy and inexpensive plant-based meals.

The workshop began with a short talk on the nutritional benefits of plant-based eating.

Participating chefs Mama Kaba from Abalimi, Nikki Botha from Plant, Toni Brockhoven from Beauty Without Cruelty and Kim Unser from Ladle of Love demonstrated how delicious, easy and inexpensive plant-based dishes are to prepare.

Guests enjoyed butternut soup, umfino spinach pie, basil spaghetti and sweet Rooibos mieliemeal dishes.

All produce was sourced from Abalimi and Green Road, whilst the equipment on use was supplied by the community, ensuring that participants can easily replicate these dishes in their own homes.

Recipe booklets in English and Xhosa were distributed.

For more information on Green Monday, and to join the movement, visit or like them on Facebook: Follow @GreenMondaySA on Twitter #GreenMondaySA.


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