Maybe you're a vegetarian looking to revamp your midweek menu, or perhaps you're just trying to monitor you and your family's meat intake for financial, environmental, or ethical reasons. Whatever your situation, eating meat-free has never been as easy as it is right now.
With hundreds of plant-based bloggers and restaurants out there, and more and more vegan and vegetarian product lines being launched each month, there's nothing to stop you trying your hand at a meat-free meal every once in a while.
In honour of National Vegetarian Week, we've rounded up our favourite and most imaginative vegetarian recipes, from comfort food classics to fresh summer suppers and beyond. Bon appetit!
A traditional French fave – and vegan, too! This delicious dish comprised of Mediterranean veg in a velvety tomato sauce contains all the tasty, caramelised flavours of a slow-cooked meal in just an hour and a half of prep and cooking. Try serving hot with rice, or cold with salad.
Using veggie sausages in this comfort-food classic makes it a meat-free treat. As well as roasted veggie sausages, we've included roasted carrots, parsnips and onions, but you could also serve them on the side if you prefer.
Green pea falafel
These beautifully green, filling falafel patties contain plenty of sweetness and colour thanks to the humble pea! A brilliant dinner to cook for the family, you can have these falafel flatbreads on the table in just half an hour. They're also incredibly easy to make vegan - just use dairy-free yogurt in the tahini dip!
Shakshuka with beans
Baked beans are an affordable, easy and filling option for both vegetarians and vegans. This flavour-packed cheat’s shakshuka uses baked beans to add some sweetness and substance to the tomato sauce, and helps to cut the cooking time down to an impressive 20 minutes!
Replace the eggs with crumbled tofu for a just-as-filling vegan alternative.
cheese leek and potato pie
Sweet leeks and creamy cheese are a dream team in this tasty vegetarian pie that showcases veggie comfort food at its finest. Use our ready rolled pastry an even easier option.
Colourful stuffed peppers
Sweet and soft oven-baked peppers stuffed with rice, courgette, onion and a juicy tomato sauce; these tasty risotto boats pack in an impressive 4 of your 5-a-day. Serve with a fresh green salad and some griddled halloumi for the perfect veggie summer supper.
miguel barclay's gnocchi al forno
If you've never thought of baking gnocchi you're in for a treat. This cheap and cheesy bake will set you back less than £1 a head and is incredibly delicious. If you haven't got broccoli at home, any green veg would work just as well. We think kale would taste pretty good.
Of course, if you're super short on time, there's always the sneaky alternative of a quick ready meal or bung-in-the-oven dinner instead! Check out our whole collection of vegetarian ready meals and frozen options online, including our new range of vegan sausages and burgers.