Cutting back on meat, as we all know, is a great move for the environment – and if it means you’re upping the amount of vegetables on your plate it’s good for your body as well. But without the right knowhow, it can be one seriously boring dietary move.
Luckily, if you’re armed with an Instagram account, it doesn’t have to be that way. Hidden between the videos of small dogs falling over and pictures of beautiful people staring meaningfully into the distance, the ’Gram can introduce you to a thousand creative ways to make a plate of meat-free deliciousness. Here are five to get you started.
TheVegSpace’s Marmite And Chilli Quarterpounder
Since the founders of the Vurger Co explained how to make one of their Auburgers at home, we thought we were set for a veggie burger recipe for life, but this outrageous invention has turned our heads. Marmite? Rice?! TheVegSpace’s super stack looks and sounds like a thing of beauty.
DollyAndOatmeal’s Assorted Tacos
If there’s one problem with meat-based meal prepping, it’s that you’re limited to eating it within two days or face the ever-increasing risk of food poisoning. Not so with this cabbage and brussels sprout kimchi, which takes takes three days to ferment, and is served with a dairy-free crema that won’t spoil before the kimchi is ready. Once the waiting is over it takes next to no time to pull together, making it ideal for lunch on the go, a quick meal when you’re back late from work or – our preference – a post-pub booze soaker-upper.
Joe Wicks’ Veggie-Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed peppers aren’t exactly a new idea – it’s a recipe non-veggies turn to all too often when there’s a vegetarian on the dinner party invite list. But here’s eternally excited Insta-God Joe “The Body Coach” Wicks proving the classics don’t always have to be crushingly dull.
MyNewRoots’ Loaded Pizza
This one’s more for inspiration than a bona fide recipe, but if you need a reminder that vegetarian pizza toppings don’t have to be confined to spinach and ricotta, here it is: caramelised onions, olives, dried tomatoes, garlic sautéed mushrooms, balsamic augbergine, massaged kale, fresh courgette, goat’s cheese and fresh thyme. And if you need a little help to pull this off, here are point-by-point instructions for the dough, red sauce and how to cook it in an oven, on a barbecue or even a fire pit.
LifeOfAVegetarian’s Red Veg Curry
Minimum effort, maximum awesome. Make a massive pot of LifeOfAVegetarian’s red curry, batch it up and thank us later in the week when you get in from your gym sesh with a growling belly that wants feeding fast.