Sunday 27 November 2022

Still veggie-ish

 So how is my vegetarian diet going?  I can't really call myself vegetarian actually - I eat fish around twice a week (so pescatarian) but was having mainly homemade veggie dishes the rest of the time.  However, I began to worry that I wasn't getting enough protein - I've stopped eating lots of veggie pulse dishes....pulses are a bit of a 'meh' thing for me, I'm not really keen on the earthy mealy texture or taste.  I'd gone off eggs a bit too, just eaten too many recently I think.  So I now eat chicken once or twice a week as well as the fish.  And about once every 3 weeks, I do have a bacon sandwich for a Sunday breakfast - well, who can resist the smell of bacon?  I'm having one today actually, bacon, brie and cranberry sauce, one of my absolute favourite combinations.  But on the whole I do eat mainly vegetarian things, which I generally make myself.  I've tried a few ready-made veggie things and am mainly not keen.....I do quite like Linda McC's rosemary and red onion sausages, although I prefer Heck chicken sausages.  And there's a brand (I forget which one) of veggie duck spring rolls - no duck but jackfruit instead - which are absolutely delicious, and you really can't tell that they're not duck.  I do like some of the vegetable burger things - I mean vegetables in breadcrumbs, not mock meat burgers made with some weird fake meat thing.  I don't buy the veggie burgers very often, as it's easy to make my own....just a bit more time consuming, so I generally have a packet of bought ones in the freezer for a quick meal when time is short or I don't have the energy to make my own and have run out of frozen homemade ones.

I don't miss eating red meat at all - which is quite surprising to me as previously lamb was my favourite meat, closely followed by roast gammon.  I used to like medium rare steak years ago, but wouldn't touch it now, nor roast beef or a beef casserole, it just doesn't appeal to me anymore.  Nor would I now eat liver or kidney, although before I really liked both.  Minced beef, in a cottage pie or bolognese, eg, I did used to like but for some reason it always gave me indigestion.  I don't know why, minced chicken doesn't.

So I'm very happy with the way I eat now and can't see myself ever going back to eating red meat.  Husband continues to eat it, I'm sure he won't ever give up red meat.  I still cook it for him, I'm not squeamish about handling it, I just don't want to eat it myself.


  1. As a long term vegetarian and now vegan, I don't judge you for your choices. We all make our food choices based on several factors; health, conscience, budget, lifestyle etc. At least, unlike some people even now, you are open minded about food, and you know the difference between vegetarian and pescatarian. I've lost track of the times I've seen fish on a menu labelled as suitable for vegetarians! Since when was a fish a vegetable? xx

  2. That's such a sensible outlook regarding your diet - and I think, being an excellent cook, you are more than capable of maintaining a healthy mix of foods. Mind you, I wish you hadn't mentioned the bacon, Brie and cranberry sauce sandwich . . . . I now really, really, REALLY fancy one and I'm miles away from anywhere that sells the ingredients! Aaaaarrrggghhhh . . .

  3. Sounds great…in 1992, I became a strict vegetarian…have never wavered. It was for health reasons. I have lived longer than those in my family. Of course, I am a walker also…have great week…

  4. I'm vegan and have lost count of the times I have been offered an omelette I just smile a d say no thank you no point in causing a fuss.

  5. Everyone needs to make the decisions that they need to about their diets. I have been trying to get more meatless meals into the rotation but find it difficult. What I have done is cut down on the amounts of meat (red meat) that I use, Every little bit helps with the diet and saving the earth.

    God bless.

  6. I think it's sad that we all seem to feel the need for a label. Just eat what suits you and enjoy it.


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