Seriously, if I had a pound for every time I’d heard this in my almost 30 years of being veggie – I’d be richer than Bill Gates.
Ok, maybe not Bill, but maybe up there with, I dunno, Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud or something (no idea where that came from).
It is one of THE most frustrating things about being vegetarian. I rarely struggle to find something decent in restaurants, most are pretty clued up now. Recipe books are brimming with tasty ideas, and shopping is fairly easy.
The one thing I still find annoying though is the way other people deal with it.
I get criticised.
I get challenged to discuss the ins and outs of eating meat.
I get lectured.
I get (mis) informed that it’s an unhealthy way of living.
And I get asked over and OVER “what on earth do you eat?”
I know for a fact certain people dread inviting me over or having me to stay because they don’t know what to feed me! Doesn’t make me feel very welcomed or wanted, especially when it’s so easy to research ideas on the internet these days.
Things is – you don’t need meat to make a meal. if that’s what you prefer, that’s fine. I’m not necessarily against others eating meat. I cook meat for Jay and Noah. But I choose to be meat and fish free myself, for a whole host of reasons I won’t go into here.
But when I get put on the spot and asked what I eat, I can never remember, reinforcing the stereotype that ‘us veggies’ only eat nut roast! (I do like a good nut roast though).
So what I’ve done is photograph my meals for a few days – to show that there is a variety of lovely meal ideas.
I’m not actually terribly creative – I’m sure other veggies have much better ideas, but here are five of my meals
I get meal ideas from supermarket recipe cards and magazines, Instagram believe it or not, cook books and the BBC Good Food website!
One book we’re using a lot at the moment is The medicinal chef – Healthy Every Day book by Dale Pinnock. Jay has high cholesterol so we’re really watching what he eats, and this book is amazing.
I’d love to hear what your fave veggie recipes are, whether you’re veggie or not – it’s great to share ideas.
Leave the comments below 🙂