I’ve now completed a whole month of being vegetarian and although there have been the odd slip up (like the time I accidentally bit into a homemade pasty from a colleague and didn’t think to check if it was meat free before realising it was a proper Cornish pasty filled with mince beef and potato) but otherwise nothing too horrendous. I must admit that in the first week I found myself looking longingly at bacon and sausage sandwiches which surprised me as I’ve always been someone who thought they weren’t that fussed about meat. I’m happy to report that those feelings soon passed and the rest of the month was relatively smooth sailing.
I managed to find all the foods I wanted and used it as an opportunity to experiment with meat free recipes throughout the week which saved me both cash and time and I’ve even got back into the groove of batch cooking and freezing which has been brilliant – although I am aware I have a freezer full of meat that needs using up and I’m in no rush to get to it. Perhaps I’ll give it away to my parents? I will keep you posted on that one.
In the meantime I thought it would be helpful to share some ways I found to reduce my meat consumption over the past month. I know if you’re used to eating meat at nearly every meal it can seem a little daunting to reduce the quantity (especially if you’ve never tried it before and were raised on the meat and two veg philosophy of my childhood) but just a few tweaks to your regular routine can make all the difference.
Here’s how I did it…
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