Happy February! Congratulations you survived January! Also known as, what feels like the longggggggest month of the year…
In one of my recent blog posts ‘New Years Resolutions 2019‘ I mentioned how I wanted to make an effort to east less meat! Well, I wanted to challenge myself and try and become a vegetarian for the whole of January. I know most people do ‘Veganuary’, but I think going vegan was a step too far for me at this point in time, so I’m taking baby steps in being veggie instead.
December 31st, I enjoyed a lovely piece of steak, and savoured every moment of it as I knew it would be the last piece of meat that I ate for a few weeks at least!
When I told my family and friends that I would be going vegetarian for the month, most of them looked at me in shock. Most of them betting that I would only last a couple of days maximum! And to be fair, I did doubt myself as well! What would I eat when we go out? What would I order for a takeaway on a Friday night? Scary thoughts for someone who loves a KFC and a Doner kebab!
Anyway fast forward to January 31st… Did I complete my challenge? Well, not quite, but nearly. I only ate meat twice during the month, purely because I went out to two restaurants which both only offered one vegetarian option on the menu, which quite frankly sounded disgusting.
So yes, I did fail my challenge, but I also learnt a lot during this time by cooking and eating new foods.
I cooked lots of new vegetarian recipes, such as sweet potato and chickpea curry, spinach and ricotta pasta, falafel and lots of yummy soups! I also ate many, many Quorn chicken nuggets, as they are amazing and taste even better than a normal chicken nugget! Trust me!
I also tried new foods at restaurants that I always order meat from. My favourites were the Yasai Katsu Curry from Wagamama’s and the Portobello Mushroom and Halloumi Pitta from Nando’s!
So overall, although I didn’t manage the whole month, I’m quite proud of what I managed to achieve during January. Its made me realise that I don’t need to eat meat with every meal, and there are so many different foods out there to enjoy!