In the midst of Summer, I was brainstorming ideas of things I could try out. Things that would be a challenge but also make for an interesting blog post (priorities). Vegetarianism was definitely top of that list. Ashamedly, I was a pretty big meat-eater and in the current day, I feel that that’s becoming more and more frowned upon. I believed that if anyone were to struggle with a Vegetarian diet, it would be me, which gave me all the more reason to try. So after thoroughly searching the internet, visiting one veggie forum to another, I finally ventured into the vegetarian world for 1 week…
In all honesty, if it wasn’t for my Mum reminding me to take pictures of what I was eating, this post would be non existent- not-a-food-blogger-in-the-making. Even this was Tuesdays dinner; Spinach and mushroom crispbake. It was okay, since this I’ve found better meals so probably wouldn’t buy again. Monday’s meal was a vegetarian country pie, probably not something I’d have again, it was just a taste I don’t think I’d get used to. Although, the first two days weren’t as successful as I had thought, I had had no meat cravings, which was a plus in itself.
Wednesday, I experienced how difficult it is to eat out as a vegetarian. Firstly, I checked three different menus online (which I never have to do) and I was quite disappointed with the variation of vegetarian options they had, or lack of variation would be more accurate. We ended up at Frankie & Benny’s and I just had a margherita pizza. It was nice, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a pizza.
I did consider that because of where I live, a small town with not that much around it, there was limited options compared to maybe a more built up area. It would be interesting to know how other people get on with eating out with food requirements.
As part of the research I did, I found a really useful website on BBC, it has a plethora of vegetarian recipes. Some I’m still so excited to try, but just as a quick and easy meal we tried the ‘Healthy Egg & Chips’ for Thursday’s dinner. I enjoyed it, I like mushrooms and got the source of protein from the egg.
If at any point this week I thought I’d cave, it was going to be with the quiche. My Mum and I make the best quiches and I always have chopped bacon in mine. This time around for Friday’s dinner, it was mushroom and onion quiche. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it just as much.
Saturday’s dinner was a cheese and leek plait with pasta and vegetables. The plait was definitely a personal favourite and we already have more stocked up in the freezer.
Finally, for the last meal of the week I had dippers, DIPPERS?? Vegetarian of course, but guaranteed I would not be able to tell the difference between the veggie version and the meat version. I had it with a mushroom stir fry which was very filling. Out of the whole week, this was probably my favourite.
Overall, I was so proud of myself for not eating any meat and I was surprised at how I just didn’t think about it. It wasn’t difficult, I didn’t crave any meat and I enjoyed trying a different selection of food. Granted, there was a few freezer meals but I was going into this a bit blind, so I needed a starting point.
Its been a few days since I’ve finished the week of vegetarian meals but I already know I want it to stay a good part of my diet. I also want to do a follow up post to this about other vegetarian foods I’ve loved but didn’t have chance to include in this post and some more stuff on the topic.
I hope you’re having a great Summer!
Lots of Love, Sophie