I’ve been cooking veggie food for over twenty years but sometimes I run out of inspiration.
I often turn to the internet for vegetarian recipe ideas. However, I do also recommend subscribing to a vegetarian cooking magazine if you’re also looking for some non-meaty culinary ideas.
I have subscribed to two different vegetarian magazines, ‘Cook Vegetarian‘ and ‘Vegetarian Living‘.
I prefer ‘Cook Vegetarian’ as it has more recipes. I also really like the colour photos and I find the recipes easy to follow. It’s not one of those magazines with loads of really bizarre ingredients your struggle to get hold of.
Cook Vegetarian magazine
It costs £17.25 for six issues and I just discovered you can buy a digital edition from the Apple newsstand.
I have no affiliation with this magazine. I just wanted to recommend it as I always find something I want to make in it and often their recipes are very seasonal too.
I often wonder what criteria food manufacturers and supermarkets use when applying the ‘V’ symbol to vegetarian products.
I was searching for some balsamic vinegar on the Sainsburys website yesterday and the one I wanted did not have the V symbol on it. Is this because it is truly not vegetarian or is it because they simply did not use the symbol on it?
The vegetarian symbol
There is a degree of trust implied when you see the symbol that you trust the manufacturer agress with what your definition of a vegatariaqn is.
My definition of a vegetarian
My definition of a vegetarian food is something that contains no meat, fish or poultry and no ingredients of the animal slaughter industry. This includes:
- Animal fat
- Artificial ingredients derived from animals, such as cochineal.
Veggie approved products
If you are looking for vegetarian foods, I suggest you always double check the ingredients do not have any animal ingredients. A good place to start when looking for veggie foods in the Vegetarian Socity website list of approved products.
When you then learn to know what constitutes a veggie-friendly ingredient you’ll be better informed when looking at ingredients lists.
The ‘V’ sysmbol is a great way of knowing what is veggie but my advice is to always look beyond it for 100% certainty.
There are many myths about what vegetarians can eat, and do eat. People are often surprised when I tell them the lengths I go to make sure I stay true to my vegetarian principles.
What do vegetarian’s eat?
My definition of a vegetarian is someone who does not eat animals, including meat and fish, and also including by-products of the slaughter industry. This includes gelatine.
What is gelatine?
Gelatine is made from animal bones and is used in the food industry as a setting agent. It may surprise to know the wide range of foods that it contained in. Gelatine is often found in:
- Sweets or candies
Do all vegetarians avoid gelatine?
No. Not all vegetarians avoid gelatine. Friends of mine do not have a problem eating it. I personally cannot justify eating something knowing it has animal bones in it. I also avoid eating anything with animal fat and animal rennet in it but I’ll save that debate for another blog post.
Vegetarian-friendly non-gelatine products
There are companies out there who do understand the need to cater for people who do not wish to eat gelatine. They include:
Many supermarkets will sell yoghurts that do not contain gelatine, just make sure you always check the ingredients first before you buy.