I have never been a meat lover, but I have always been an animal lover. I still very nearly cry every time I see dead wildlife on the side of the road.
I became a vegetarian shortly after Christmas last year with my last official meat being turkey with my Christmas dinner. I decided one day at work after choosing the very tasty mushroom soup over chicken soup that I could easily make this a life choice and would feel much better about that fact that I am no longer eating meat. Not only was this an ethical choice but also a dietary one too. After taking a job that consisted of mainly sitting down and no longer standing, I had put on a marginal amount of weight. By turning vegetarian I would be saving a lot of calories but I then I had to find another way to consume the nutrients that I would be losing. Many people think that if you don’t eat meat you will become ill however this isn’t necessarily true as you can find the same nutrients in plants such as spinach, kale, eggs, cheese and protein replacement meat free products.
Until I went shopping as a vegetarian, I never realised how much variation there is nowadays. Not only are they half the amount of saturated fat, but also tasty too. Supermarkets have come to terms with vegetarianism, veganism and other health diets such a gluten free and wheat free. Cooking at home with a meat lover is manageable as we can have the same meals but I would have a meat substitute or he will have meat cooked separately then added to it, he even commits himself to at least 3 or 4 veggie meals a week and very much enjoys it!
Here some examples of what kind of meals I have made and have regularly enough during the week-they are also all under 400 cals.
- Quorn Chilli (with rice or a baked potato)
- Mozzarella and basil pasta (can have as leftovers for lunch the next day)
- Homemade vegetable burgers
- Mushroom and vegetable risotto (can have as leftovers for lunch the next day)
- Linda McCartney sausage toad in a hole (I have this as my roast dinner with some roast potatoes)
- Thai noodle broth (see my blog post on this)
- Sliced Linda McCartney sausage with a tomato sauce and spaghetti (twist on spaghetti and meatballs)
For those of you still deciding whether to go the whole hog (excuse the pun) and become vegetarian, just remember that deciding not to eat meat is your choice only. I don’t preach to my friends about it, and they don’t criticise me either. Don’t become one of those high preaching Veggies or Vegans who turn up their nose in disgust at the meat eaters. My boyfriend is a meat lover, and even though it took him a while to understand and continued to waft a steak under my nose. When the weeks turned into months and he could see I wasn’t going back, he came round to the idea and was proud in a way (it also meant more meat for him-his words).
I will try and post more recipes of what I have been making.
Please comment or message me if you have any ideas! Or if you have any questions or tips about becoming vegetarian!!