Becoming a Vegetarian or I am a Vegetarian, meat free diet? I am not sure what to say when people ask me what kind of diet I have. I have been planning our wedding buffet and when I said to the caterer that I am vegetarian my partner corrected me and said ‘well you are becoming one’. At what point are you classed as something? I stopped eating meat before the new year so do I need to not eat it for a month? a year? or more before I am classed as vegetarian?
Why I have chosen vegetarian diet
The reason for me choosing a meat free diet is that it is something I have wanted to do for a long time now. I tried to do it when I was a young teenager but it was difficult as I didn’t have much knowledge back then and it was hard on my mother who was having to cook so many different meals. I now understand that as my two little ones often have different meals.
I have always had a huge amount of love for nature and do what I can to protect it so it only made sense to finally stop eating meat. I have reduced our intake as a family massively over the past couple of years. My children don’t particularly like it and my partner enjoys the more tropical dishes that I have been making since I stopped eating meat.
Eating in restaurants as a vegetarian
On Sunday night my partner and I went on a very rare date night. We took full advantage of my parents visiting from Essex and got out without the children as much as possible. We had planned on visiting some vegetarian restaurants but they all seemed to close early on a Sunday and we couldn’t head out until the evening. So we decided to head to a chain restaurant in the hope that I would see something I could eat. I quickly realised how limited vegetarian options are on chain restaurant menus. We decided to head to Prezzos where I had a tasty pasta dish.
This diet will take some getting used to as I have stopped eating sugar too. But I have already noticed the health benefits. I have lost a dress size in two weeks, my skin has become clearer and fresher looking, and my energy levels have increased. Well they increase if my children don’t wake up too often at night.
Finding Tasty Meat Free Recipes
As I am cooking vegetarian meals for my family I am having to do a lot of research to find dishes that the whole family will enjoy. I thought looking on Pinterest would be wonderful as it is full of tasty recipes. But it seemed like every other recipe had meat in it. So I decided to ask the fountain of knowledge that is the wonderful blogging group that I am part of.
Debbie from My Boys Club recommended her Mexican Family feast. This dish sounds so tasty and right up my taste bud street. I love Mexican food and I love anything which includes dipping nachos in come kind of dip.
Jen from Just Average Jen shared a page of recipes with me. All sounding so tasty that it was hard to pick just one. So here are two recipes that I will be trying. The first is a Garlic Mushroom Tagliatelle. You really can’t go wrong with garlic mushrooms.
The second dish is Caramelised Red Onions and Rosemary Mini Quiches. I love caramelised onion, I use it in so many recipes.
Katie from Mummy in a Tutu has been a vegetarian since she was 2 years old and is now raising a mini veggie. I totally agree with raising your children as vegetarians as eating meat is such a personal choice and it should be down to the individual. I have picked a few recipes to try from Katie’s blog.
The next recipe I loved the look of was Aubergine and Spinach Slow Cooker Curry. I have been trying to find a good recipe and this looks amazing.
The last recipe that I have chosen from Katie’s blog is the extremely tasty sounding Stilton and Mushroom Pie. This is a perfect vegetarian winter warmer and I can’t wait to try it.
Angela from The Life Of Spicers has recommended a great recipe. I love recipes that say just shove it all in a slow cooker and let the magic happen. Who has time to slave over a hot stove for hours a day? I certainly don’t, as much as I love cooking. I will definitely be trying this Lentil Ragu soon!
Emma from Me and B Make Tea shared this tasty Ten Minute Feta and Courgette Fritter recipe. This is such a great dish and it is something I used to make my two when they were weaning except I added carrots.
These are my favourite meat free recipes which are found on Nature Mum Blog