Since the horsemeat scandal, people have been looking more closely at their meat intake, and that has been us too. Recently, just this week, the news has reported the dangers of eating too much processed meat, including what can be a frugal family meal, sausages. There is a thread on MSE at the moment in the Old Style section, entitled, "Can't afford to eat meat" and so a combination of all of these has meant more of us looking for vegetarian meals.
(image from bbcgoodfood.com)
There are large sections of the internet devoted to vegetarianism, and indeed there are magazines and books available too.
But I always think personal recommendations are best, so I was delighted to find a link on the MSE thread I mentioned above to a blog entitled, "A girl called Jack" where one can read the heart-rending story of Jack and her son, really struggling to survive on the most meagre of incomes, although she has a job now. But she spends £10 a week to feed the two of them, eating mostly vegetarian meals, and mostly using Sainsbury's Basics range. Do go and have a look in her recipe section - there are some great ideas there that I am going to be trying out for myself. She has some recipes for soups there, and some interesting breads that I want to try.
The "trouble" for me with vegetarianism is that if I give up meat, to add to my already dairy-free state, I actually become vegan...so I will never be giving up meat completely! I do think that a couple of meat-less meals a week would do us good.
Whether you dabble in vegetarianism or you are a full-on vegetarian, I'd be glad to hear your favourite recipes too.