This week (13-19 May) marks National Vegetarian Week and to kick things off we’re sharing inspiration to fuel a vegetarian approach to weeknight meals. Gone are the old school stereotypes of munching on a rabbit’s diet in the name of vegetarianism, with statistics showing towards the end of 2018 that one in 8 Britons is vegetarian and a further 21% claim to be ‘flexitarian’ where a largely plant-based diet is occasionally supplemented with meat. Overall, approximately a third of UK consumers have deliberately reduced the amount of meat they eat or removed it from their diet entirely.
Not just for vegetarians, National Vegetarian week is a chance for meat eaters to introduce small changes and include more vegetarian meals in their diet. Ready to give it a go? Get started with these recipes.
Creamy Polenta with Artichoke, Caramelized Onion and Olive Ragout
Polenta offers up a good source of iron, magnesium and vitamin B6. Serve this dish warm as the perfect, filling main course.
Vegan Chorizo and Red Pepper Sausage Paella
Just because you’re going meat-free, doesn’t mean you can’t employ delicious meaty alternatives. Save this one for your first vegetarian dinner party and wow your guests.
Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca
Curb carb cravings with this vegan pasta dish. All ingredients can be found in most kitchen cupboards, making it an easy, convenient and fast meal to keep on rotation while trialling the vegetarian life.
In the words of their creator, “These speedy samosas have all of the authentic flavours you’re familiar with, but use soft tortillas as the wrapping. Samosas in under 15 minutes? You’ll be hooked.”
Crispy and Chewy Sesame Shiitake
Get creative in your approach to go meat-free by seeing what you can do in switching up former favourite meals with a veggie-friendly twist.