Life: Eating Vegetarian #1

For the past six months or so I had been toying with the idea of eating vegetarian, and I finally took the plunge just over three weeks ago. I wasn’t sure whether to post about it but I thought it would be good to share my experience so far, and I’m actually thinking of making it a series sort of thing to show how I’m doing and what I’ve tried!

To start with, a bit of background about me: I’ve never been a huge meat-eater. My meals consisted of chicken, chicken, and more chicken. Occasionally I would eat a burger, or sausages, but most of the time I ate chicken. Or tuna, I guess. I’ve been eating quorn/meat-free mince since before I started university, because I hated cooking actual mince. So really, it hasn’t been difficult to cut out meat. I’ve had a couple of cravings (nandos, sausage rolls…) but it wasn’t enough for me to go buy them.

+ So I ate my last bit of meat on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday. I decided to cut out meat as lent began, because I thought the idea of a ‘challenge’ would help me stick to it for the first month or so, and make it easier to convert. In high school I cut out cookies for lent – didn’t eat them again for 3 years. Not sure why, but you see why I thought this would work… After a few days I decided to aim for two weeks and then maybe buy meat. When two weeks had passed, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy any meat, and well, I still haven’t eaten any!

+ The hardest thing for me actually has to be stock cubes. I cook my bolognese with beef stock, and my quinoa with chicken stock, and changing those to vegetable stock just hasn’t been as good. You can really tell the difference! I will admit that three weeks in, I have gone back to my regular stock cubes. I had lots left in my cupboard, and as a poor student, I don’t want to waste them. Once they’re gone, I’ll only be buying vegetarian friendly stock!

+ Something I’m also struggling with a little is soy ‘meat’ things. I’ve had soy ‘beef’ strips and burgers, tried a few sausages and I didn’t really enjoy them. They just had a weird taste. I did buy the supermarket own brands though and I can definitely say that the Quorn sausages were a lot nicer! I could live with those.

+ I’ve been watching some videos on youtube, and I’ve bought myself a new vegetarian recipe book so I’m looking forward to trying out some new things! Cooking has never been something that I’ve really enjoyed, so I’m hoping this will get me to have more fun with it. Two things that I’ve been really loving are the Quinoa veggie ‘fried rice’ that I found on Damn Delicious, and spinach and mushroom quesadillas that I found on The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I don’t really stick to these recipes, but just add whatever veggies I have.

Bit of a text heavy post, but I’d love to hear some of your stories/tips! I’m definitely hoping to keep writing about my experience – eating out will be a challenge because I can be quite picky anyway! I’m also on the lookout for some lifestyle blogs with vegetarian/vegan owners… Just for some every day inspiration! If you are one/know any, link me! (: