10 Top Tips for Veg Pledge

1) FIND NEW RECIPES
Going vegetarian doesn’t mean you just have to stick to salads or buy a bunch of new cookbooks, there’s plenty of delicious veggie recipes online. Build up your staple dishes by trying a new recipe once a week.

2) EXPERIMENT WITH NEW FOODS
Take the opportunity to branch out and try out new vegetables, pulses and grains, that you don't usually cook. You might discover a new favourite!

3) MEAT SUBSTITUTES
Adapt your old favourite meat dishes into vegetarian versions. Lasagne, Shepherd's Pie and Chilli can all be made with meatless substitutes like pulses. 

4) READ UP
There are plenty of articles online about going vegetarian and stories from others that have made the switch to inspire your month. 

5) PLAN AHEAD
Plot out your weekly meals and add the ingredients to your shopping list so you’re all ready to cook through the week. You could make a big pot of vegetarian chilli and have it in the fridge for when you don’t have time to cook.

6) FIND YOUR LOCAL VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
Give a vegetarian restaurant a go, you might discover a new dish that you want to try at home! It’s also a great opportunity to explore some international cuisines, as these often offer the best vegetarian foods e.g. Middle Eastern, Indian, Mexican, Japenese etc. 

7) ASK WHEN EATING OUT
It’s a common misconception that vegetarians have a difficult time eating out. Most restaurants these days have tasty vegetarian options on the menu and are usually happy to help if you request a dish to be altered.

8) PACK VEGETARIAN SNACKS
There are lots of tasty snacks you could have other than fruit and cut-up vegetables for example, hummus and pitas, plain nuts, berries with yogurt, homemade popcorn and plenty more!

9) USE HERBS AND SPICES
You’ll soon discover that it’s the flavour and spices that make your dishes tasty, not the meat. If you’re missing bacon bits in a pasta sauce, how about adding some smoked paprika to replicate the flavour? 

10) DON'T GIVE UP!
You may find it hard at first but by the end of your meat free month you’ll be a pro at cooking up a storm in the kitchen with all those vegetarian dishes under your belt.

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