This week is National Vegetarian Week, and as a vegetarian it can sometimes be so hard to come up with vegetarian meal ideas! I’m not a vegetarian anymore, but I still eat a lot of vegetarian meals while I’m living at home- and I’d love to continue this when I move out.
When it comes to eating vegetarian meals, I think a lot of people assume that you have to buy meat substitutes in order to enjoy a healthy, filling meal. But that’s just not the case, and it can actually be more fulfilling to make your own vegetarian meals- and healthier too!
Below, I’ve come up with 6 vegetarian meal ideas for National Vegetarian Week, including healthy meal choices- and some slightly less healthy ideas for when you want to have a little treat or you need a bit of inspiration!
When I was at University, I used to make fajitas all the time. Instead of using chicken, I would put in lots of pepper, spinach, and Quorn chicken pieces. You could also use tofu or tempah if you don’t fancy Quorn- and it’s great to create a vibrant, colourful meal that’s full of flavour.
Check out this recipe for vegetarian fajitas if you’re feeling inspired!
There are so many veggie burgers to choose from, and it’s great to have a selection of burgers that might be slightly less fattening than meat options. I love soya burgers and Linda Macartney, but I also think it’s great to try veggie burgers made from vegetables- and they go great in a bread bun or with some chips.
If you’re trying to be super healthy, you could even put your burger with sweet potato fries and get an extra bit of fibre with your meal!
Halloumi and Chips
I really don’t like fish- so even as a meat eater I still can’t enjoy a battered fish and chips. A great vegetarian (although not vegan) alternative to fish and chips is halloumi and chips, and many restaurants offer this as a possible vegetarian meal idea.
While this might not be the healthiest meal, it’s great to know you can still enjoy a meal out, without having to choose the meat or fish option. This is definitely a great treat to consider!
I’ve been eating a lot of stir-fry type meals since living back at home, and it’s fantastic to come up with vegetarian meal ideas that are full of vegetables and healthy ingredients. You could throw in some bean sprouts, peppers, mushrooms, or broccoli- basically any vegetables you have in the fridge!
If you fancy making a delicious, healthy stir-fry- check out this recipe.
If you’re someone who has chosen to be vegetarian, there’s always something you miss eating. But you can still enjoy meals that are supposed to have meat- and substitute something else. And National Vegetarian Meal Week is the perfect time to re-create your favourite meal ideas!
One of the things I really missed as a vegetarian was a full cooked breakfast, and especially sausage and bacon. But you can still enjoy a cooked breakfast as a vegetarian!
Swap out hash browns instead of bacon, and veggie sausages instead of meat. You can also pile on the mushrooms, tomatoes, and beans to make your cooked breakfast slightly healthier.
Make Your Own Pizza
This is a great vegetarian meal idea for National Vegetarian Meal Week, and it’s perfect if you’re vegan too! Making your own pizza is fun, but it also gives you complete control about what goes on to it. Whether you prefer vegan cheese, mozzarella, or no cheese at all, it’s great to create your perfect pizza and toppings.
If you don’t fancy a shop bought pizza this week, why not create your own- and put on plenty of veggie or vegan toppings that work for you and your family!
What is your favourite vegetarian meal idea? Do you think you’ll try some vegetarian meal ideas this National Vegetarian Week? Do you enjoy choosing veggie options?
Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Happy reading x