dirty leeds wrote:
Anyway, we've accidentally almost gone veggie round my gaff.
Mrs DL went temporarily vegan back in October for a feature she's writing for one of the nationals* - going vegan is very 'on trend', I have since learned - so between then and Christmas I'd been cooking just for the kids and myself. After I turned 60 in Sept and discovered at the medical MOT my cholesterol was a bit high, I cut down on the booze for three months to Christmas and, since New year, have decided to reduce the meat intake too, as a kind of additional experiment.
Haven't gone full-on vegan as I can't be arsed to be so picky about not using [say] Worcester sauce because it has anchovy paste in it etc, but have been trying out a few interesting veggie recipes and have eaten fish only once since Jan 1. Cut out cheese, too [which I really like].
Have to say, it's been no effort whatsoever and also quite enjoyable adding some new recipes to the usual turnaround of dishes we used to eat.
For example, this was v nice: https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/veg ... ney-beans/
And the Sainsbury's meat-free mince [soya] is a convincingly meaty-tasting thing to make chilli, lasagne etc with. [The kids didn't even notice.] Cheap too.
Oh, and, of course, a lot of Indian food is great without any meat involved.
Yeah, so it's been a piece of piss, so far. I'd recommend it if you like cooking and might be interested in broadening your usual recipe line-up.
Oddly, haven't missed the drink much, either. A couple of pangs for a glass of red with my lasagne the other night and a Friday evening beer would be nice... but, all in all, that's been a breeze too.
*She's stayed on the vegan diet since: although she hasn't noticed any particular health benefits and whatnot, she has lost a fair bit of weight. That aspect pleases her enough to carry on for a bit longer.