It occurred to me the other day, that I have probably never gone a week in my life without eating some kind of meat or fish since I was a baby. I’ll bet my husband hasn’t either, and since they were weaned on to solids, my children certainly haven’t.
I quite like to set myself little challenges at the supermarket. Usually this is to see how little I can spend on my weekly food shop, but I’ve got this down to a fairly constant £35ish a week, and I’ve been getting a bit bored, so this week I’ve challenged myself to a vegetarian week.
It felt a bit weird not picking up a chicken to roast, or some pancetta to add to a risotto or pasta sauce, but we’ll see how it goes. Instead, I bought a copy of Vegetarian Living magazine for inspiration with the money I saved from buying meat.
So far I’ve planned a butternut squash risotto (without the pancetta, and substituting vegetable stock), a goat’s cheese and roasted vegetable tart, a sweet potato, lentil and aubergine curry, macaroni cheese with garlic and roasted tomatoes, and a random vegetable lasagne.
I am sure I could hash together a couple of other meals, but I’d love to know if you have any yummy vegetarian recipes I could try out! I refuse point blank to eat Quorn, and I am not a fan of tofu.
My plan is to blog my meat-free week, so check back for updates on our progress. Who knows, if this week goes well, it might become a regular thing Chez UFOs.