No more meat? Don’t worry! Becoming a vegetarian does not mean you have to eat like a rabbit. Simply go to your local store and discover for yourself the wide range of organic, authentic and tasty fruits and vegetables they have to offer and you are already on your way to discovering the multi-faced pleasures of a vegetarian diet. Food manufacturers have long recognized the growing demand for more vegetarian options and today offer a wide variety of plant-based products – even in the frozen food section – which will make the transition tasty and easy.
But how do I get enough protein if meat is no longer an option?
On top of milk and eggs as great sources of protein, the vegetarian diet has got an array of delicious foods that deliver a protein punch. Legumes, soy and nuts make it easy to reach your protein requirement.
The daily consumption of meat is a relatively new trend. Just have a peek at an old cookbook and you will quickly discover lots of delicious, meat-free main dishes. In addition, if you would like even more inspiration, explore Middle Eastern cuisine for hearty, tasty and budget-friendly dishes made with spices, vegetables and grains such as couscous and bulgur. You can also click here for a selection of our best veggie recipes that won’t disappoint!
Not to mention, soy products provide a great way to make the transition to a meat-free diet easy. Look for soy mince to replace ground beef in spaghetti Bolognese, chilli and even meatballs.
Quorn products are also perfect if you are looking for some meat-free meal inspiration. Plus products such as Quorn Mince are a great source of protein that still allows you to enjoy all of your favourite meals!
Can’t live without the barbeque? No need to! Hearty sausages made from tofu, smoked tofu, “meatballs” made from soy, feta cheese in foil (for ovo-lacto vegetarians) as well as the wide range of tasty vegetables such as corn, broccoli, courgettes, peppers and potatoes are all perfect for your summer-time garden party.
There is no need to worry about iron deficiency as long as you integrate the right amount of the following foods into your vegetarian diet:
- Grains and grain products – amaranth, millet, oatmeal, whole wheat pasta
- Vegetables – spinach, fennel, lettuce, arugula, courgette, green peas
- Dried fruits – peaches, apricots, dates
- Legumes – "soy meat", lentils, chickpeas, tofu
- Nuts and oil seeds – pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (sesame butter), pistachios, sunflower seeds
- Quorn products- mince, chicken etc.
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