I’m a vegetarian, I have been for almost fifteen years. I wrote this blog originally as a place to share veggie recipes. I honestly think that everyone can be vegetarian. And I’m usually not too evangelical about it, but I just watched David Attenborough’s Extinction: The Facts and now I’m mad. The meat industry is destroying the planet. Intensive agriculture is harming the things that are most precious in our world.
Let’s be better
So I’m doing my bit. I’m going to write a few environmental pieces. I wrote for my handmade jewellery company blog. But one of the best things you can do for the planet is to cut out meat. If you can’t go completely vegetarian then cut down your consumption. And no, vegetarians do not eat fish. They have faces. Listen to Morrisey. Meat is Murder.
My top tips for going vegetarian
Here we go, if you only try one or two, it’s a great change you can make.
- Try new things. Embrace new foods. Try okra and halloumi and seitan and goji berries. And if you hate it, you don’t have to eat it again.
- Mix dishes. Previously, few places did vegetarian options so I would order a side dish and a starter. Garlic mushrooms and chips was always a good bet. Tapas places are brilliant for new vegetarians or flexitarians.
- Get enough iron. One criticism of the vegetarian diet is the lack of iron from meat. However there are so many ways you can introduce extra iron to a vegetarian diet. Spinach, broccoli, legumes, leafy greens, cereals are all great sources of iron. You can also take iron supplements if you’re concerned.
- Cook for others. Sharing veggie food with others is a great experience, and you can shock them with your epic meat-rivalling dishes.
- Don’t worry if you slip up. You’re trying your best. It’s ok.
- Cook soups and stews you can freeze if you’re short of time. Try learn a few super quick veggie recipes too.
- Learn the phrase ‘no meat’ in the local language whenever you’re a vegetarian on holiday. Non Carne is a good one.
- Choose veggie sandwiches if you’re on the go. There are some great meat free options in supermarkets now. Egg and cress is an old favourite, or a vegan falafel wrap.
- Have your own dish to take to parties or buffets. I’ve been to a lot with no veggie options (that’s probably not a problem now with covid).
- Try different cuisines. When I was in Texas I loved their Tex-Mex foods and found some great veggie dishes, like huevos rancheros, breakfast tacos and veggie quesadillas. In Italy we loved panzerotti, fresh veggies and foccacia and olives. Taste everything you can.
- Get educated. Watch some documentaries about the impact of the meat industry and know your reasons for your choice. You will be amazed how many people decide they can cure you with a bacon sandwich. It’s insulting.
- If there’s a meat dish you really like, find a veggie alternative. My husband missed fish and chips so we made beer battered halloumi and chips which is incredible. Still a family favourite after 6 years!
- Try make some veggie treats to snack on.
- Explain politely to family and friends you have chosen to not eat meat. Assure them you’ll eat exactly what they have without the meat. Make people at ease with your choice.
- Try eat vegan options too, they’re totally vegetarian and great for the environment.
- Subscribe to my blog (I mean you don’t have to but it might be a useful little resource, and I’ve got some great recipes to upload soon.
Enjoy as many vegetarian foods as you can!
Let me know how you get on in your vegetarian adventures. Do you have any tips for new veggies? Or a vegetarian recipe for any meat lovers that is always a hit? Comment below!