National Vegetarian Week

  • 14th May 2018

It's National Vegetarian Week and as more people are going meat free, there's still many who fear not having meat on their plate with every meal. But it doesn't have to be scary, even cutting meat out of a few times a week can have enormous health benefits and help decrease your environmental footprint. Plus it's a great way to get creative in the kitchen and discover how to use spices to bring out the flavour in your food. Here's a rundown of some easy but flavourful dishes that you can rustle up this week.

Mushroom and Halloumi Burgers

It's summer (just about), and these burgers will suit an alfresco meal paired with some salads and sweet potato fries. Many regard halloumi as the meat of the cheese world and paired with a juicy portabello mushroom, these burgers will satiate the carnivore in all of us.

Garden Veg Spaghetti 

Simple, fresh, quick to prepare, and you've probably got all these ingredients already in the kitchen, so it's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Make enough for lunches and wow your colleagues.

Aubergine Schnitzel 

Who needs meat when you can schnitzel-ise eggplant so it's soft and almost creamy inside its crisp crumb coating? 

Loaded Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Skins

Crispy sweet potato skins stuffed with mashed sweet potato, black beans, cherry tomatoes, chipotle, miso and coriander, topped with a dollop of tahini coconut yoghurt and homemade guacamole. HEAVEN!

Curried Okra (Bhindi Masala)

Okra has become more and more popular and is available in some supermarkets as well as most asian supermarkets. This curried okra packs a punch and the levels of spice can be adjusted to suit your taste buds. Serve with chapatis and raita.

Vegetable Lasagna

A hearty dish that can be frozen for extra meals. Get your vegetable 5 portions of veg all in one meal. With a spinach and ricotta layer, this lasanga takes a bit longer to prep than your standard lasanga but it's definitely worth it.

Lentil Cottage Pie

This vegetarian pie is just as satisfying as the meaty version. Another meal you can cook for the whole family and have enough left over to freeze.

Thai Vegetable Stir Fry

This dish takes 20 minutes from start to finish—perfect for gathering the family around the table for a weeknight meal. Just add tofu if you want something more substantial.

Wild Mushroom & Bok Choy Pasta

Quick and easy, another weeknight treat. What's more it's filled with flavour and easy to mix up by adding other great veg.

Stuffed Vegetables 

A simple way to turn a humble vegetable into nearly a complete, filling meal. Stuff those peppers, courgettes, and aubergines with more vegetables. After a stay in the oven (or on the grill) to melt those layers of cheese into a delightfully gooey topping, loaded with all the diverse flavors and textures you can pack into them. 

Lentil Salad with Aubergine

A delicious summer salad that also look stunning. Delicious and nutritious! Put into pitta pockets for lunch the next day. 

Goat’s Cheese and Courgette Tart

An impressive dinner party centre piece, great as part of a buffet where you can all dig in and help yourselves.

Asparagus Lemon Risotto

Creamy Lemon Risotto with grilled Asparagus is the perfect meal to celebrate Spring, combining the comforting of winter with the brightness of Spring. Delicious!