This week is National Vegetarian Week, where the Vegetarian Society offer useful tips on how to cutting down or out meat from our diet.

I stopped eating all meat and animal products some seven years ago this was due to my health issues. Now even though there was no direct link between meat consumption and my health problem, I felt that what went into my body should be the best I could put into it.

This week is about giving vegetarianism a go and see what it’s like. I like many people are looking at ways to cut down my shopping bill, I’ve turned my flowerbeds into vegetable patch and planted tomatoes in my hanging baskets, you may not go this far. One of the best ways to cut down on food costs is to go meat free for at least one day a week and buy vegetables that are in season and are grown here in Scotland.

Other reasons to eat less meat could be to reduce carbon admissions/footprint and food milage, but lets face it at the end of the day if the food taste good most people wouldn’t care if it was vegetables on their plate.

We may look at vegetarianism as being something alien to us but really it’s something your doing without thinking about it. Here are just a few meals that are vegetarian that we eat all the time, I’m sure if you think for just a few moments you’ll find yourself adding to it.

Cheese and Onion Pizza

Spanish Omelet

Jacket Potato with Baked Beans

Fish Pie and Peas

Leek and Goats’ Cheese Quiche

Pesto Pasta

Macaroni Cheese

Fish and Chips

Most breads and cakes are also vegetarian, Pasta is the easiest thing to be vegetarian, you can even get meat replacers from your local supermarket and make a Bolognese, so you’ll never feel your missing out.

Before writing this I went to the supermarket to check the price of chicken and was shocked at how much it cost, what you would spend on just the meat alone is roughly the same as I would spend on all my food for three days.

Yes you can get cheap meat, but its cheap and you have to ask yourself why? And do you really want to be eating something thats marketing ploy is by telling you its ‘Cheap’? Lets face it you wouldn’t expect much quality if you bought cheap cloths, cheap flights, cheap furniture but you think your going to get anything better when your buying cheap meat?

Even if you don’t cut down meat for any reason than to be able to use the money you save to buy you and your family better quality meat, it’s something to think about. If your going to buy meat why not try one of our local farmers markets, you’ll not only get fresh produce including vegetables but if your buying meat you’ll get to meet the farmers raising it.

This week I thought I would give you a few recipes that are meat free and can be introduced into your weekly meal plan. The meals will be cheap and easy to make and I hope you will find them tasty. If you only change one meal a week think of the money you would save.


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