The meat eaters guide to going meat free
I’m pleased to say that going meat free for 4 days a week wasn’t that difficult at all. I stuck with it all through January and enjoyed it so much I’m going to keep it up for the foreseeable future. Success! I experimented with some new dishes I hadn’t tried before and I also just left the meat out of certain dishes that were regulars on our mid week menu. So I decided I would share 4 of my favourite go to veggie dishes in case any of you regular meat eaters fancy a change.
Shepherdless Shepherd’s Pie
First up is the very easy to make veggie Shepherd’s Pie by The Happy Pear. I absolutely loved the flavour that the lentils added to the dish. I haven’t really cooked with lentils before but will definitely be looking up more lentil based dishes now. This is a gorgeous warming dish to have on a cold winter’s evening. See this recipe on The Happy Pear’s website.
Feta, spinach and egg tart with carrot salad
For a less spicy dinner I decided to try out the feta, spinach and egg tart with carrot salad. I loved this dish too, the eggs make it a really filling dinner actually. I used puff pastry instead of filo as it’s a lot quicker to throw together. The lemon zest really gives this a tangy kick and the carrot salad is so easy to make in the food processor it will definitely become my new go to salad.
Butternut Squash, chickpea and spinach curry
Next up is one of my favourite veggie dishes that I probably eat once a week anyway. Niamh Hughes from the blog ‘Eat Like a Girl’ has this fab recipe for butternut squash, chickpea and spinach curry. Again this is a hearty curry but the coconut milk makes it a lot milder than other curries.
Thai Green Curry
Now for the chicken free version of Catherine Fluvio’s thai green curry. My husband cooked his chicken on the side and added it in to his at the end. I couldn’t convert him after all! I added mushrooms instead of the chicken. And guess what? I didn’t miss the chicken at all. This dish literally takes 15 mins to make, it’s so quick and handy and really healthy too. It’s definitely going to become a staple in our house. Have a look a this RTE recipe.