I can kind of say I was vegetarian in my “yoof”. Not that I did it properly you understand – I think I existed purely on a diet of soya Bolognese, salad, and monster munch sandwiches for a couple of years. It was just a “phase” according to my paternal grandmother, who used to loudly declare that I was just “awkward” at various family gatherings (and once to a very good-looking Greek waiter much to my mortification) when I informed people of my newly acquired dietary status.
My “vegetarianism” didn’t last for all that long unfortunately, but now as both a self-proclaimed foodie and a Mother, I find myself cooking more and more meat free meals for my family for both health and ecological reasons.
It helps that we live in a country that “does” vegetables really well, and it’s easy to find organic produce with next to no food mileage (especially when it’s from the farmer around the corner) and apparently it’s not just me – according to recent UK Government figures we are all eating 25% less meat than we were a year ago.
It also helps that there are so many inspirational vegetarian blogs and recipes out there nowadays, a few of which you will find below:-
Starting off with some beautiful soups – Happy Homebird’s Baked Potato Spinach and Leek Soup sounds perfect for the cold nights ahead, as does Mrs Veg’s Cider and Celeriac Soup (elsewhere on her blog she has a recipe for a Vegetarian Egg “McMuffin” – the answer to all of those post Christmas Party hangovers ahead too?!), either of which I suggest you pair with How to Cook Good Food’s Savoury Pumpkin Bread!
A Legume with a view (sorry!) is the humble lentil, you can do so much with it – from Granny’s Shepherd’s Pie from Chocolate Log Blog (and yes it does have chocolate in it!) to a Greek Lentil Salad from The Flexitarian. Moving away now from pulses and on to beans – The Hedge Combers is a beautiful blog that specialises in “from field to fork” Food. I love the sound of their Slow Cooker Aduki Bean Stew for a protein packed meal. Hungry Healthy Happy has a colourful Bean Chilli with Avocado Salsa, and Fruit & Veg Diet’s Jerk Sweet Potato and Black Bean Curry will be making an appearance on my kitchen table shortly, as will Cakes Photos Life’s tasty looking Pumpkin and Sweetcorn Fritters.
Vegetable Bakes are always popular in our house, from the traditional such as this sin-free Low Fat Cauliflower and Brocolli Cheese from Ojo’s World and a Courgette, Potato and Onion Bake from FoodieQuine, to the not so with The Vegetarian Experience’s Pumpkin Goats Cheese and Spinach Lasagne – showing us how to use the contents of our veg. boxes to the max! Fancy a baked veg dish full of Eastern Flavours? Then how about LunchBoxWorld’s Turkish Stuffed Tomatoes? Meatless Mediterranean has a great Polenta with Stewed Peppers, Tomatoes and Chick Peas recipe, and I am liking the sound (and look) of Lisa’s Kitchen’s Crusted Cornmeal ChickPea Pot Pie a lot!…
Indian Cuisine is also amazing for Vegetarian recipes, as you might expect from a country that boasts the highest percentage of Vegetarians in the world! I love Deena Kakaya’s blog, packed full to the brim with gorgeous recipes. Her Diwali Courgette and Butternut Squash Savoury Gram Flour Pancakes with a Honey and Mustard Yoghurt Dressing sound divine, as does We Don’t Eat Anything With a Face’s Paneer Jalfrezi!
A Veggie Belly demonstrates a simple but perfect Easy Vegetarian Pad Thai, and the brilliantly named (and Gorgeously photographed) Amuse Your Bouche gives us a twist on the traditional with a Spinach and Ricotta Strudel with Chick Peas.
And of course, I couldn’t leave you without a few sweet treats could I? Recipe Junkie’s Pumpkin Ginger Cake with Lemon Icing looks pretty tempting, as does A Mum for All Season’s Plum and Ginger Cobbler, which might work very nicely with some delectable and virtuous homemade Yoghurt from EcoThriftyLiving. And finally, because it seems to have evolved that a Foodie Round Up wouldn’t be a Foodie Round Up without a certain Recipe, Ladies and Gentlemen, I leave you with Eat Your Veg’s Chocolate, Beetroot, and Walnut Brownies… Enjoy!
Next month is December, which of course means that the next Foodie Round-up should be most definitely all about Christmas… Hit me with all of your best sweet and savoury (and everything in between) Festive Recipes on that there linky below…