National Vegetarian Week is upon us.
Now in its 24th year, it is a great time to celebrate all things veggie, share your favourite recipes, and, for the omnivores among us, maybe even try to go meat-free for a whole week from May 16 to 22.
These days it easier than ever to follow a vegetarian diet with an abundance of fresh produce, specialist ingredients, ready-meals and fabulous veggie (or veggie-friendly) restaurant options.
To have a healthy, balanced diet which includes all the nutrients your body needs you must ensure you eat a wide variety of foods: grains, pulses, nuts, seeds and fruit, as well as vegetables. Take a look at these 10 fabulous recipes to get some inspiration for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Who needs bacon and sausages? Try this amazing squash and asparagus hash with poached duck egg for breakfast instead! Recipe from Celery and Cupcakes:
Great for lunch or even a picnic, these baked almond and chickpea falafels will keep the huger at bay. Check the recipe from Recipes From a Pantry: http://recipesfromapantry.com/2016/04/24/baked-almond-and-chickpea-falafels/
Another portable veggie wonder, these mushroom and merlot pasties will surely wow even the biggest meat lovers. Get the recipe from The Veg Space: http://www.thevegspace.co.uk/recipe-mushroom-merlot-posh-pasties/
Butternut squash is such an all-rounder - here used to make creamy and delicious gnocchi. Get the recipe from Vikalinka: http://vikalinka.com/2014/11/19/creamy-butternut-squash-gnocchi/
A Mexican-inspired dish that’s full of contrasting tastes and textures - chipotle lentil tacos with avocado cream from Veggie Desserts: http://veggiedesserts.co.uk/chipotle-lentil-soft-tacos-avocado-cream/
A different take
Tofu need not be bland! Pan fry until nice and crispy and then add the sticky sweet chilli sauce. So much yum! Recipe from Amuse Your Bouche: http://www.amuse-your-bouche.com/sticky-sweet-chilli-tofu/
If you thought you would miss meatballs during Vegetarian Week then think again! These aubergine ‘meatballs’ are actually vegan. Get the recipe from Supergolden Bakes: http://www.supergoldenbakes.com/2015/05/vegan-aubergine-meatballs.html
Veggie burgers have come a long way baby! These cute mushroom and lentil sliders (aka mini burgers) are sure to hit the spot. Get the recipe from Tinned Tomatoes:
Meat-free cottage pie with garlic butter sweet potato mash? Yes please! Get the recipe from Domestic Gothess: http://domesticgothess.com/blog/2015/11/09/vegetarian-cottage-pie-with-garlic-butter-sweet-potato-mash/
Cook everything in one pot to save time and washing up! How about a quinoa and black bean chilli? Get the recipe from Thinly Spread: http://thinlyspread.co.uk/2016/05/05/one-pot-quinoa-chilli/
Lucy Parissi is a London-based designer, food photographer, coffee fanatic and cocktail appreciator. She is also the food-obsessed blogger behind Supergolden Bakes.