Find out why almost one third of the UK population are enjoying a part-time meat-free diet.
From vegetarians and vegans to pescatarians and fruitarians, more of us are choosing to change what we eat to suit our ever-changing lifestyles. The days of the classic meat and two veg are almost behind us, with over 1.2 million people in the UK alone identifying as vegetarian and a further half a million vegans.
But what about those of us, around 30% of the UK population, who want to enjoy a meat-free diet most of the time?
The flexitarian diet has enjoyed a significant increase in followers over the last few years and, according to The Flexitarian, there are no strict rules to the diet. Some flexitarians will have a meat-free meal once a week while others will only eat meat on rare occasions.
Potatoes are one of the most versatile vegetarian, and flexitarian-friendly foods available, and what’s more, they are packed full of goodness. This makes them the perfect staple ingredient for any dish, with or without meat.
Spuds are a fantastic source of many of your essential nutrients, including potassium, fibre and vitamin B, and are an easy and cost-effective way of reaching your daily intake without the need for expensive supplements.
5 nights of meaty and vegetarian meals
It’s easy to create delicious and filling dishes by using fresh vegetables, spuds and all minus the meat.
This is a hearty vegetarian stew with a tasty Mediterranean twist that will keep out the cold and take you back to those warm summer evenings.
Spiralizers are a great way to switch up your style of preparing potatoes. Potatoes are gluten-free and richer in vitamins than pasta, so why not try some delicious ‘potatetti’?
This is a substantial lunchtime treat, delicious served still slightly warm with a green salad or great cooled and packed in a lunchbox.
Whether they’re baked, chipped or fried, potatoes are a great accompaniment to any meaty main course.
This is a delicious recipe based on a traditional Alpine dish, which showcases Reblochon – a smooth creamy cheese with a thin rind and fantastic melting properties. Paired with delicious bacon lardons, this dish is a great comfort food on a cold evening.
This dish is ideal both for using up leftover mash and to enjoy as a delicious alternative to meat and poultry.
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