They say that variety is the spice of life, and what better time to try something new than National Vegetarian Week – meat-free meals that might not have crossed your mind otherwise can be a just-as-tasty treat as your usual dishes. Struggling students can benefit too; you’ll be saving some money by forsaking the burgers and resisting the sausages – no meat in your trolley guarantees a lower total at the till.
Here’s what we’ll be cooking to kick off National Vegetarian Week.
Simple bean and rice burritos
Fry up some onion and taco seasoning for a few minutes before adding in Mexican mixed beans, chopped tomatoes and sweetcorn.
Splash in three tablespoons of water and keep it going until it starts to boil, at which point you can add a packet of microwavable quick-cook rice.
When the rice has absorbed the water and softened, you can pop it all into a tortilla wrap and top with guacamole, sour cream and cheese.
The hardest part of this recipe is folding the tortilla into something that resembles a burrito!
One-pan chickpea curry
Less chicken, more chickpea…
Fry some onion for a few minutes. When your eyes start to water, it’s time to chuck in the chickpeas and some chopped tomato.
Sprinkle (salt bae style) a tablespoon of curry powder and mix it all together, leaving to simmer for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, microwave the rice and then serve with the curry. Get yourself a naan bread for authentic and aromatic Indian cuisine – jai ho!
Vegetarian cooking level: easy…
Free reign for this one – pick your favourite vegetables and chop them into stir-fry sized pieces (we normally go for peppers, beansprouts, mushrooms, garlic and onion) and start frying in a wok.
When the vegetables are getting done, add in some straight-to-wok noodles and let them soften, mixing them amongst your veggie ensemble until they’re looking good to go.
Add in a sachet of stir fry sauce (or add hoisin, soy and water if you’re maestro enough to make your own) and mix well. Pro tip: sprinkle some sesame seeds on top to make your stir-fry look like the real deal.