For this week’s 1 Weeker I tried being a vegetarian. This is basically what happened:
I don’t know about you, but whenever I think of vegetarians, I always think that they’re missing out because they can only eat vegetables. (Looking back now, it’s stupid, I know.) So, for the past week, I became a vegetarian to see how wrong I really was.
On Monday, I started my morning by having porridge for breakfast. Standard. I’ve been doing that anyway. For lunch, I was on the train to London so I had a cheese and tomato panini. I would have had that anyway – I love cheese. Now dinner was the tricky part. Well, I say that, but…let’s read on. I was on my own on Monday night so I had the choice of getting food out of the freezer that my Mum had sent over or making something myself. As it was one of the first times ever that I’d have to cook for myself, I decided to make something. So I popped off to Sainsbury’s and bought Uncle Ben’s Golden Vegetable Rice, popped it on the stove with some water and hey presto, dinner was served. Ooh, I boiled a couple of eggs and had them, too, because why not.
Evaluation: I would probably have had all those bloody things anyway.
On Tuesday, it was my first day back at uni, so I ran out of the door (just a little late) and grabbed an egg and cress sandwich from the station for breakfast. At lunch, my friends and I went off to Vapianos and had the Arrabiato pasta, which, you guessed it, I would have gotten regardless of whether I was a vegetarian for the week or not, as it’s one of the only things that is Halal. For dinner, I had a bit of a pasta overload and went off to Sainsburys (holla at me if you want points on that nectar card) and picked up the Mushroom Ricotta, mmmmmm.
Evaluation: Would have gotten these things anyway. Again.
On Wednesday, I did the same thing and ran off to the station and picked up breakfast from there (student life, eh). I picked up a cheese and red onion sandwich. For lunch, I was on the train back home to Manchester, ready for the blogging event on Thursday, so had a cheese and tomato panini, again. (Someone please save me from the cheese!) For dinner, my Mum had made meat but there was leftover rice which my sister had made, so I munched on that rice.
Evaluation: This was when it was starting to get a tiny bit harder, as I was back home and didn’t have to cook myself any more.
On Thursday, I had a chapati and omelette for lunch (slept right through breakfast time, aah, perks of being at home). I would have had that anyway (just like every other thing, basically) and then went straight to the blogging event. I know it’s not relevant, okay, I just wanted to share that because it was fun. Ooh, and we somehow stumbled across another event so went to that, too. (I’ll have a post on them both very soon.) Anyway, we ordered takeout that night, so while everyone else was chomping on whatever chicken they had, I ordered chips. Just chips. The takeaway didn’t have anything vegetarian so I just had those and smothered ketchup all over them.
Evaluation:: I was a bit surprised that the takeaway didn’t have any vegetarian options, tbh. Well, maybe they did but I just didn’t realise…if not, then I’m shocked, as I’d have thought it would be quite easy to get a vegetarian option.
On Friday, I went off to town to do some shopping and get some work done. I skipped breakfast (silly me) and had a cheese panini from Costa. Can I just say that I think I need to go on some kind of cheese ban sometime soon, because I literally love it but it’s practically killing me! But yeah, back to the matter at hand, I went out for dinner with my sister and cousin once they’d both finished uni and we went to Lahores on the Curry Mile. I’ve been going for agessss and almost every single time I’ve been, I’ve had the chicken pasta. (Chicken, pasta and cheese – 3 of my favourite foods, in case you couldn’t tell.) I couldn’t figure out what to have but in the end I decided on the vegetable pasta. My sister and cousin decided to get chicken-y stuff, of course, and I could smell the beautiful aroma, but I stuck to my guns and had that vegetable pasta and it was actually delicious. It tasted the same as the chicken pasta, just without, you know…the chicken.
Evaluation: I felt like I was missing out a bit at this point, because I just love chicken. But at the same time, I wasn’t missing out too much, as I still got delicious food.
On Saturday morning my Dad and I were off back to London – should have done a week of travelling, really, shouldn’t I? I had porridge for breakfast and for lunch and dinner I basically repeated meals I’d had earlier in the week as I clearly put just so much effort into making my food. My mum had made some fish and sent it with us and it smelt gorgeousssssss but I resisted temptation and put it away…into the freezer, ready to eat on Monday.
Evaluation: The fish smelt really, really good, so I did contemplate having it (I know, sorry!) but I realised it wasn’t going anywhere so resisted the urge.
Today, on Sunday, I had toast for lunch, I’m surprised I didn’t have toast earlier in the week, tbh, as it’s one of my favourite foods. That says a lot about me, I guess, but…it is! I’ve been good recently and haven’t been having bread as much. I’ve been having lots of pasta and cheese though…but that’s a different story (it’s not, please help me!). I’m not sure what I’m having for dinner tonight but whatever it is, I promise you that it’ll be meat free as my week as a vegetarian won’t be over until midnight tonight – just like Cinderella! Or not…
From the last week, I’ve realised that vegetarians actually can eat pretty much anything and most of the things I have are suitable for vegetarians anyway. They can have pasta, rice, bread, cheese, eggs etc – it’s not just about vegetables, like I stupidly thought. And it isn’t even limited to those things. If I was a bit more creative with my food, I could have made some really nice stuff, like vegetable lasagne, mmmm. *Craving alert*
Just because being a vegetarian means not eating meat, it doesn’t mean being unable to eat other things. As I only have Halal food, like I said, most of the things I eat are suitable for vegetarians anyway.
I also learnt that just like being a vegetarian doesn’t mean eating vegetables all the time, it doesn’t necessarily mean being healthier, either. Now, there are obviously people that are healthy that eat meat and people that are healthy that are vegetarians, but being a carnivore or being a vegetarian doesn’t mean being healthier, as I definitely wasn’t a healthy vegetarian. Having said that, that’s probably just me and I doubt many vegetarians eat as unhealthily as I did…
So, all in all, I did feel like I missed out a bit as the takeaways had no vegetarian options, so I had to have chips and I also felt like I missed out because I love chicken, but that’s just me. To all the vegetarians out there, whatever your reason being that you don’t eat meat, I respect you and your decision and hope I didn’t offend you in any way.
Now that I’ve been a vegetarian for a week, I really want to find out more about being a vegan so will hopefully be a vegan for a week sometime soon – watch this space! Be sure to subscribe to be up to date with my 1 Weekers and my other posts, too.
Thanks for reading! Let me know your favourite food in the comments below and we can all crave together.
1 Week Mary x