Once upon a time, a meal wasn’t complete without meat. Veggies used to be seen as a side offering or, for children, a necessary evil, eaten only to gain access to ice creams or cake. Not anymore.
Designed to encourage people to make and enjoy vegetarian food, National Vegetarian Week celebrates meat-free living – whether on a temporary or permanent basis.
It not only gives people a chance to buff up on and perfect their vegetarian meal repertoire but it also gives us the chance to think about our meat consumption and the quality of the meat we might choose to buy.
There are so many inventive and delicious meat-free dishes out there it is almost impossible to pick the ‘best’ but we have a few favourites that we’ll be making to honour the week including this delicious Aubergine and Coconut Curry by Hemsley & Hemsley and this Watercress, Pea and Asparagus Herb Spring Tart by Amelia Freer.
However, what we can do is recommend some of our very favourite vegetarian cookbooks. Take a deep dive into any of these and you can’t go far wrong.
1. On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox.
2. The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones
3. Veg Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy week!