Thank you for all the comments yesterday. What anybody chooses to eat, or not, is entirely up to them, I would never presume to try and force my food choices on anyone. Jessica, I'm sorry to hear you've had lectures from people who don't approve of your choices, that's not nice or necessary at all. We live in a free country and are able to make our own decisions, and long may that last.
Gill, there'd be no point in me using the cheap frozen mixed veg in Betty's food - she doesn't like peas or sweetcorn, sorts them out and leaves them in her dish! 😂
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I wouldn't be averse to becoming vegetarian, although I would miss chicken and fish (and bacon of course!). If the cost of meat and fish becomes prohibitively expensive, then I'd certainly consider a vegetarian diet for myself, and just give husband meat or fish 3 or 4 times a week. In fact, that's given me an idea for a kind of challenge. I'll have to think about it some more, but I might well see if I can have a totally vegetarian diet myself for, say, a week or even two. If I like it, then I may go vegetarian full time.....that should certainly be cost saving anyway. Or I might try for pescatarian - if I could only choose one type of meat or fish, I would definitely go for fish.
I'm not really keen on the idea of using bought 'fake' meat things.....you know, the things that are made of who-knows-what and shaped to look like a chicken fillet or bacon rasher or minced beef, etc. Although, having said that, we have tried a few meat-free sausages and burgers in the past, with mixed results. I'd be more interested in making vegetarian dishes from scratch. So how about the vegetarians amongst you giving me some ideas for savoury dishes? Especially things using cheese (any kind), nuts, brown rice, lentils - not so much red lentils but I do like the little Puy lentils. I also really like nut roasts - husband doesn't, so I've only rarely made them. I have no idea about tofu, I've never had it. I'm not very keen on hot curries or chillies, preferring milder spices like cumin, ginger and smoked paprika. I quite like pulses if they're in a well-flavoured dish.....husband claims they're too pea-y or bean-y, whatever he means by that! I'm not really a lover of vegetable stews - now a chicken stew with sage dumplings would be lovely! Oh, and I really hate celery! I'm also not overkeen on kale, spinach, chard - all those worthy healthy veggies that just make me feel like I'm punishing myself if I'm forced to eat them 😒😂😁. I do love Brussels sprouts, oddly enough.
Over to you - tasty vegetarian recipes please?
Having started to settle down a bit, my guts have been playing up again. I'm sure it's stress related, but maybe a vegetarian diet - even if it's only for a couple of weeks - might help?