I want to become a vegetarian but since im 21 and am so used to eating meat and cooking meals containing it I really have no idea where to start. The only vegetarian meal I can really cook is vegetarian lasagne and I really can't see myself eating 'mock meats' any advice on making this a little easier?
Thanks in advance
Hi and welcome :-)
Can you give us an idea of what sort of food and meals you enjoy - ingredients, cuisines etc - we can then give you some targeted advice, rather than listing loads of recipes that you may or may not like.
There are loads of vegetarian recipe sites online, it's just a matter of finding the best ones for your palate. We can help!
I enjoy alot of different things, casserole's, risotto's, pastas, roast vegetables, stir fry, spaghetti, indian, chinese and prrtty much anything fried lol I know most of the meals I enioy I can make vegetarian its just I looked up some recipes and most had mock meat especially tofu which I dont like, or they had mainly one ingedient which sounds like it wouldnt have alot of flavour. I made vege lasagne last night and loved it and butternut pumpkin risotto tonight (im in australia) and that was great. I'm just looking at things that have alot of flavour so I dont get a bland diet and get bored of it is all
Thanks again for the help
Great - tasty food we have no problem making, bland and boring we do
But firstly - don't discount tofu just yet.....I never liked it until I learned how to cook it, and that was only a few years ago (and I've been veggie for 30+ years!). Some tofu is better than others - ask the other Australians on the forum for advice on the best brands and flavours in Australia (there's a country section, you can ask on there).
Now, onto tasty and delicious veggie food.....there are loads of websites, for example http://www.vegweb.com which has loads of recipes (and by the way, check out the recipe section on this forum, and also the thread called 'Food Porn', which has loads of links)
Try here: http://allrecipes.com.au/recipes/vegetarian-recipes.aspx and
and also my own selection on Pinterest (okay, okay, just ignore the tofu ones for now!)
And once you've tried some of those....experiment! Have fun! Learning to cook veggie is an adventure - once you've got out of the only-meat-and-two-veg-is-a-complete-meal mindset which is prevalent in our societies then you can have fun. Include lots of beans, pulses, seeds and nuts in your diet for nutrition and variety: I especially like using chick peas, butter beans and cannellini beans - they can be thrown into most meals to add protein and lots of other nutrient goodies.
If there are any meat recipes that you would like to recreate, just ask, and someone on these boards will be able to help!
I had a look through taste, been getting recipes from that website for a few years and most are great, printed some recipes from there yesterday the pumkpin rissoto is great
II'll have a look through the others you gave me and I'll have to have a look for a good cookbook too.Thanks so much for the help so exicted, love trying new foods