..... and I am in no way turning back!
OK, so I was perhaps missing smoked salmon for the first eeeeeight months or so, but now I have sort of waned myself off that, and ALL is well!
Health wise, I cannot say I feel any different, my weight hasn't changed much - it went up a little in the beginning, because I wasn't quite sure where to start, and ate mainly quite starchy foods - but I am still searching for that fine balance, tweaking a little as I go along.
I am not one to preach, telling others what is the right way of living. The other day however, I saw someone posting a video on facebook about how baby chicks are brought up in thousands.... Living their too short lives in too small a space, with death creeping up a little too closely... Of course there are other poultry breeders who might treat their chicks with more care, and to them I am grateful! But to see even a fraction of it being such a fowl business, I am happy to be a vegetarian in that respect as well as other, more personal ones!
Greek Rosemary Potatoes with Feta
, Happy Veggie Burger and PB & J Smoothie
Culinary, I have had to teach myself how to substitue animal protein with others, however I still eat cheese and eggs (I know the topic of welfare might cross your minds here as well, but Ido not know enough about the dairy business to comment). I feel that vegetarian dishes oftenasks for more care and attention, and other flavours that to normal every day dishes, you might not have used otherwise. I've gotto try a lot of new foods, which is really awesome!
Berry Terrine feat. Banana, No-Bake Walnut Florentines and Martha's-Style Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potato & Broccoli
Pasta with Artichoke Sauce, Gado Gado Salad and Milk Chocolate Covered Marzipan Cake Marbles
Meat cravings? Nope, I didn'thave any of that... Only for seafood, but then again I am Norwegian, so I suppose that goes without saying really!
The most asked questions I have had are:
Do you still eat fish? (Nope, pescetarians do!)
B-but....but bacon! (Totally fineby me not to have bacon anymore, a full veggie breakfast? Sign me up!)
How can you be vegetarian?! (More the sceptics, I just shrug and say that I just didn't really fancy eating it anymore!)
Spanakopitta, Deli Portobello Sandwiches and Tear'n'Share Cinnabons
Warm Quinoa & Roast Butternut Squash Salad with Walnuts, Wicked Patatas Bravas, and Carrot & Banana Bread
Thankfully we live in a time where being vegetarian doesn't mean that you have to cut back on the nutrients your body needs. There are so many meat substitutes, as well as natural options - like nuts, seeds, legumens, and eggs and cheese for vegetarians, but you also get vegan cheeses too, which seems to become more and more popular!
Nut Roast with Roast Potatoes & Carrot Sauce, Grilled Two Cheese Pepper or Avocado Sandwich and Curried Carrot & Artichoke Soup
As for eating out, in a city like Glasgow here, it really isn't a challenge. There are loads of all-vegetarian restaurants, and some bars, where they ensure that all their drinks also are vegetarian or vegan. When it comes to eating at friends - just let them know before-hand, and if they seem a little daunted by the thought, or had plans of cooking something containing meat, just ask what they are having and offer to bring something similar along for yourself so they don't have to worry about it! It only takes you about half an hourto rattle up something decent, and it saves them the hassle. Honestly though, I have only had positive experiences! Once at a friend's and his parents', they were having a "Roast Chicken Sunday", but then offered to make me spaghetti with pesto, and I got the veggie sides that had been roasted separate from the chicken - score! Not to mention, I love pesto!
Soba Noodles with Aubergine & Mango, Honey & Garlic Roasted Cherry Tomatoes and Creamy Vegan Veggie Soup
, Avocado & Cucumber Gaspacho and granny's delicious Mazarin Cupcakes
Anyway, a year and counting - and I am looking forward to continuing my meat-free diet into the future *smiles*
What are your views on vegetarianism? Do you only eat vegetarian/vegan or try and at least have one meat free day a week?
A little collection of the dishes made over the past year ^ ^
Soft & Chewy Peanut Truffles, Zingy Grilled Halloumi & Onion and Fragrant Sweet Potato & Tomato Stew with Palak Paratha
Balsamic Pasta, Marzipan Kolibriegg or Humming Bird Easter Eggs
and Creole Aubergines
Artichoke Barley Risotto, Healthy Home Made Bounty Bars and Jaffa Covered Cashews