IT’S National Vegetarian Week, so here actor Richard Hobday reveals some recipes and quick and easy meat-free alternatives to try out.
National Vegetarian Week is as good a time as any to attempt some vegetarian meals.
One in eight people in the UK are currently vegan or vegetarian, and a third of us are trying to cut down on meat consumption.
But whether you are a vegetarian or not, it can be difficult to find inspiration on what to eat.
And if you’ve never attempted to become vegetarian before it can be a bit overwhelming.
It’s easier than ever to try to reduce the amount of meat and dairy consumed.
Luckily, actor, environmentalist and director of London’s vegan film festival “Sustainability on Screen”, Richard Hobday has provided some quick and easy tips and recipes for meals.
For quick and easy meals he recommends salads, sandwiches and baked potatoes.
All these can easily be made vegetarian without skimping on the taste.
“Get creative and turn your salad into a nourishing meal with soft-boiled eggs, marinated tofu, tasty lentils, seeds, crunchy leaves, sweet peppers, onions or herbs”
Richard Hobday – Director of London’s vegan film festival ‘Sustainability on Screen’
He recommended to Daily Star Online: “Get creative and turn your salad into a nourishing meal with soft-boiled eggs, marinated tofu, tasty lentils, seeds, crunchy leaves, sweet peppers, onions or herbs.
“You can add carrots, beetroot or sweet potato for more flavour and colour.”
Getting inspiration to know what to cook can be the worst thing about changing your diet.
So if you are struggling to find veggie-friendly sandwich fillings, Rich recommends “egg mayonnaise with watercress, pop in a few Quorn slices or try some of the new meat alternatives”.
“A favourite dish is falafel with spicy beans and salsa relish, either in a sandwich or wrap,” Rich revealed.
When it comes to baked potatoes there are endless possibilities – they are very simple, nourishing, and you could use sweet potato as an alternative.
Rich shared his recipe: “To make your baked potato an amazing meal, pile on a veggie chilli topped with Greek yogurt and a sprinkling of spring onions and feta; top it off with cottage cheese with fruity pineapple or simply add baked beans with melted Cheddar cheese – or better still one of the many new vegan cheeses.
“The baked potato is one of the easiest meals to adapt to a vegetarian option – cheap and nourishing.”
Rich also recommends using beans as a “beautiful addition” to any vegetarian meal.
There are plenty to choose from – baked beans, chickpeas, butter beans and kidney beans.
These are all “high nutritious and satisfying foods” and are a “great way of adding protein to any recipe”.
He continued: “Tofu is made from soya beans and, when chopped into bite-sized pieces, this also makes for a great addition to dishes like stir fries and curries”.
If you are looking for a vegetarian snack, Rich says to go for a nutty nibble, which are rich in protein.
The actor said: “Try adding cashews to a curry, or throw some flaked almonds into a salad for extra bite.
“Peanut butter stirred into coconut milk also makes an indulgent and nutritious sauce for a stir fry.”