On 1st January this year I made a decision- no more meat in my diet. Here’s ten tips for those of you also wanting to go meat free…
I took this photo at Anjuna Market in Goa India- spices are great ways to add flavour to your food.
I love reading veggie recipe blogs for inspiration:
https://cookingonabootstrap.com/ – simple, low cost vegan and veggie recipes using lots of pulses.
https://deliciouslyella.com/category/recipes/ – lovely recipes e.g. “crunchy orange, coconut and vanilla granola” and “potato and peanut curry” – yum! Who needs meat with tasty meals like these?!
http://vegetarianventures.com/ – slightly more exotic flavours and ingredients – if you fancy getting complex with cooking try this blog. Great for a special occasion.
One of my favourite meals used to be spaghetti bolognese made with beef mince, now I’ve replaced it with red lentil bolognese served with whole wheat spaghetti and courgetti noodles. It’s honestly delicious. I think the grated carrot I add is key giving it a lovely delicate sweetness.
See my last blog post for my recipe
Another favourite of mine is Indian food –instead of prawn or chicken or lamb curry, I now make veggie curries- most veggies really soak up the flavours and spices and I honestly don’t miss the meat at all. Cauliflower, potato, sweet potato and spinach are great ingredients which work so well in a curry, a lovely veggie curry topped off with fresh coriander – mmm perfecto!
Veggie Chilli made with kidney beans is also a staple. Piled onto sweet potato or brown rice it’s a great source of protein and nutrients!
I asked the waiter in the Cheesecake Factory if I could have the Louisiana Chicken pasta without the chicken- no problem he said! 🙂
Some gentle advice- don’t shove strong opinions down their throat ,the best way to involve others is simply to remain positive and lead by example. Make sure they see how healthy and happy you are eating this way and let them ask questions.
They may ask “Your skin’s looking great what products are you using?”
You may reply “Oh actually it’s because I’m eating so much more fruit on this lifestyle”
They may ask: “How do you have so much energy on a veggie diet? Don’t you feel tired all the time?”
You may reply “Actually no I feel more energetic than ever before”.
Over time they may become more curious and realise that you can have a healthy lifestyle while being a veggie- honestly some people really don’t believe this. This is the point you can direct them to other resources or suggest some recipes for them. A great way of getting friends or family involved is to suggest a veggie pot luck night, and show them some amazing meals. Then once they’re interested, you can start discussing other reasons it’s important to go meat free.
7. Think about why you’re doing this. Write it down. Why do you want to go meat free? For me the primary reason is ethical reasons – to avoid the death of innocent sentient beings. If I can live a healthy, happy life without having to eat an animal which has been murdered then why wouldn’t I?! But it’s also more cost effective, lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, it benefits the environment…Whatever your reasons are, reinforce them to yourself and feel proud that you are actively changing your lifestyle for the better.
Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment down below. Any other advice for people making that first step from meat eater to plant eater?
Hi, I live and work in Dubai. I enjoy getting out and about and seeing what Dubai has to offer, travelling in my holidays and spare time – prepare for blog posts about this, and cooking vegetarian recipes. I am passionate about travel and animals.