MAKE IT meatless
Like many folks, I gave vegetarianism a go during my angst-filled teen years. It didn’t last long, maybe eight months. The smell of my grandmother’s roast turkey and sausage stuffing forced me to break down. It was all very melodramatic, as you can imagine. But now I’m older, wiser and more informed (like many of you, dear readers), and I find myself leaning toward having a meat-free meal at least once a week. The benefits of choosing vegetables often are hard to deny. There is the obvious ethical angle, which is often the first call to vegetarianism. Then the environmental benefits come into play: factory farming and animal agriculture directly affect the quality of our air, water and soil. Perhaps the easiest to take to heart (literally) are the health benefits. Nutritious, balanced meat-free meals are naturally lower in saturated fat, higher in fibre and full of cancer-fighting phytonutrients. And finally, as food costs continue to soar, eating a meat-free meal once or twice a week is easier on your wallet! It’s simple to make a meat-free commitment, but it’s another thing to get your family behind you—especially if it’s something new. And that’s where this recipe collection will help. We have compiled more than 90 of our favourite meat-free recipes (including eggs and some cheese). From hearty soups and robust pastas to inspired pizzas and rich veggie stews, there’s something in here that even the staunchest of meat lovers will appreciate. So whether you are a full-time vegetarian or just experimenting with the benefits of eating meat-free, I hope you enjoy and are inspired by this collection.