National Vegetarian Week – 5 Tasty Recipes

This week the National Vegetarian Society is urging us to ‘go green’ and have a go at being vegetarian for a week beginning Monday 19th May to Sunday 25th May 2014. We’ve decided to join in as a family with National Vegetarian Week this year and we’re very much looking forward to experimenting with some of the tasty seasonal recipes highlighted in the slider below. I’ve also got plenty of vegetarian cookbooks to keep us going, favourites include Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Every DayEat Your Veg by Authur Potts Dawson and Green Kitchen Stories inspired by this amazing blog. I’ll also be keeping an eye on Jacqueline’s blog, Tinned Tomatoes, as she will be posting a new vegetarian recipe each day (starting today with a bright and colourful rocket hummus)  as well as trying some of your recent entries into Simple and in Season Spring.

For more information on the health benefits of ‘going green’ you can download or order plenty of free information booklets via the Vegetarian Society here. 

I hope you’re inspired to try it – if not for the whole week, then perhaps for one day or even just a few meals?

National Vegetarian Week Banner

Click on the right-hand arrows to scroll and on the recipe title at the bottom for the recipe links

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Let me know if you come across any especially tasty vegetarian recipes in the comments below!


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  1. Wow those Mexican burritos look really nice. I will be giving those ago.

  2. They all look beautiful and that asparagus tart is really making me hungry. I’ve been veggie for over 25 years and have never felt I’m missing out on anything – you get very creative with flavour when you can’t just reach for the meat 😀 I cook meat/fish dishes for the kids a couple of times a week, but we mostly have veggie meals so these ideas all being bookmarked to try.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Emily – wow – veggie for 25 years – that’s amazing

  3. Lovely selection Ren! I really like the look of the wrap and polish potato salad in particular. Am bookmarking the potato salad to try next week. I hope you are comfortable as can be…come on baby ..,;) xx

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thank you Deena, getting a bit uncomfortable now but not long to go – hooray!

  4. Great recipes and happy to see Jac is doing daily postings – phew!! Because of my cancer nutrition and health promotion work we are mainly vegetarian – actually bordering on vegan most days, so every week is Vegetarian Week at food to glow! I’m glad to see so many bloggers getting involved. Gorgeous recipes and photos as always, Ren. Hope you are well and as comfortable as you can be 🙂

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Kellie, yes you are already very good with your veg-centred recipes, I must try harder…///

  5. We eat vegetarian food a lot as Matthew is veggie, so it means the boys and I often have meat free meals to save cooking lots of different things. I think it makes you more creative in your cooking and also saves money as meat can be so expensive. I tend to have meat when I eat out and really savour it…

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Of course, the vegetarian firefighter – we’ve enjoyed it this week actually

  6. I think I could be vegetarian for a week very easily but my husband and Ted would complain.

    I am using lots of asparagus at the moment and I just bought a rectangle tin like that at the weekend for exactly that reason!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Yay – hope you get to try this, you make some lovely puff pastry tarts, too, which are lovely for a quick asparagus dish. Enjoy the half term x

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Ooh I haven’t – popping over now!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks for the daily inspiration, Jac!

  7. There are some great ideas here. I especially like the look of the beetroot and halloumi salad. Halloumi is one of my favourite cheeses at the moment and is great for replacing the meat part of a dish.

    1. Ren Behan says:

      It is – I could eat it every day!

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thank you Nayna and congrats on your veggie week prize!

  8. Guess I’d better try and publish a savoury post this week – just to show willing 😉

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Ha ha I’m sure you’ll manage 🙂

    1. Ren Behan says:

      Thanks Dannii, one of my Spring favourites 🙂

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