January is notoriously the time of year for promises being made that involve food and healthy living....  There are many reasons why many people decide to go on diets in January... Mince pies and Christmas Cake I'm sure have absolutely nothing to do with it.... 

But excess consumption and bathroom scales aversion aside, this time of year is a pretty sweet time to decide to actually stick to some of those resolutions and consider what you are eating!

We'd love to think that a good number of people this year will be cutting down on their animal consumption habits....  Perhaps you are in fact one of these people and you have stumbled onto this site because you're thinking about turning to a vegetarian lifestyle.  Many of our already vegetarian members will be considering making the transition to veganism too! Good for you guys. We hope to get an article up soon that might help you make this transition. 

But in the mean time....

Meet our friend Robin.
 He is definitely not a vegetarian.  But decided to become one.... just for one month....  Which is actually pretty cool. He's kind of like our Cinderella.

So we followed him on his journey through January as a vegetarian and see what he learned along the way... Hold tight.!

Robins Conclusion.....

Day 19 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 20, 2014, 12:50 PM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 20, 2014, 12:51 PM ]

So.This week has been a boring week on the food front.  my meals have not been the most interesting and i have definately not pushed any boundaries with lots of macaoni and cheese :(

However I have made one discovery...  Vegan CAKES.

HOW can they be so good?!  they are absolutely awesome, not at all what I had expected!.  They were tender, moist and tasty. i cannot rate them high enough.  

*Edit: if you would like to know what cake Robin is referring to then check out our CONVERTER CUPCAKE in the recipe section of this site!* 

Next week I will be making an effort to try some more interesting foods and rest assured that once my month is over ll still be trying to push my boundaries with meat free meals! 

Day 14 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 5:09 AM by Rose Croft

So. The longer I take part in this little experiment the more i realize that meat eaters seem to have no inspiration for good vegetarian food! In the las  couple of weeks I have had more omelets and egg based meals than I probably would have done in an entire year! I have also had some really nice meals (not cooked by me however...) 
As I currently rely on my work to provide me with a lunch, I really hope that they have something a little more inspired tomorrow so I can continue to cheat in the evenings with some cauliflower cheer and potato wedges... I should probably learn to eat healthier!

Day 13 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 5:03 AM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 18, 2014, 5:15 AM ]

Today was macaroni and cheese with peppers for lunch which is a definite favourite, and definitely vegetarian.  I think that alot of people must fall bakc on cooking pasta at home, both vegetarian and non vegetarian alike, because it is so easy! I almost feel cheated being given this as I know it is pretty simple... but it's still nice.

Day 12 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 5:03 AM by Rose Croft

Weekend has been good this time for vegetairan Robin!  I would have killed fora sausage sndwich on Saturday for breakfast... but in stead i sated myself  with pancakes with maple syrup. very commendable breakfast!

I had cheese and onion pasty for lunch and although today I am still craving sausages a bit (my friends eating burgers in front of me getting my testosterone and saliva glands flowing didn't seem to help funnily)  today's tea as easy... PIZZA from dominoes with sweetcorn, potato wedges.  Yes its take out food, but this proves that takeaway is not particularly different as a vegetarian.

So although my wil power was tested today I held strong and make it though quite easily. This vegetairan thing really isn't that difficult.

Day 10 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 4:53 AM by Rose Croft


Well, the last couple of days have been a bit difficult as I didn't really have much in my house to eat! 
Yesterday was the day of omelets and for some reason at work, the restaurant decided that it was the only vegetairan meal they were going to serve all day...So I had 2! one plain cheese one and the other with peppers and mushrooms as well

This got me thinking. For those who eat meat, getting inspiration for meal free meals is quite difficult sometimes! I've had little luck and had to resort to chips from the chip shop once or twice this month already. so i'm going to be looking for some inspiration i think.

Day 7 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 4:47 AM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 18, 2014, 5:18 AM ]

I had two interesting meals today. One was absolutely amazing, but the other was the first meal i have had as a vegetarian that was not to my taste.  I have come to the conclusion that I do NOT like butter nut squash.  I mean really?! what is a squash and how is it in any way nutty?!

I had to watch my friend eat steak for the first time too today and I saw just how hard an undertaking the month might be for me. I'm a week in and starting to miss some of my favorite foods.  However I will remain strong and although I am starting to miss things, it's definately alot to do with habits, and I still wont be giving up.

Day 6 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 18, 2014, 4:43 AM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 18, 2014, 5:18 AM ]


Well I have to say that I am very impressed with today's lunch!  Had I not specifically asked for the vegetarian option I would never have known that it was available. I had an awesome little spicy strew with couscous and potato wedges.  This means my lunch today left me feeling content and full up, and most importantly still not missing meat.

I HAVE been wondering one thing however. Why is it that Chick Peas get in so many vegetarian dishes?! They're not that nice... or is that just me?

DAY 5 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 5, 2014, 12:59 PM by Rose Croft

He's back on his feet! just... isn't that good news? :)

He's what he has to say for himself...


Today I am finding inspiration for non meat meals difficult... I'll blame the illness! This means that today I have eaten a lot of cheese and onion pasties and junk food.... Although still suprisingly not tempted to give up on my resolution! 

Tomorrow will be better as I will be back to work and will have access to inspiration in the form of already made vegetairan meals in the office cafe. So the real experimentation will begin soon... wish me luck


Day 4 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 5, 2014, 11:50 AM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 5, 2014, 11:51 AM ]

Glad to report to you all that our Robin is on the mend and spending today eating cereals on the sofa.... So nothing particularly interesting, but still.
Updates tomorrow!

Day 3 of Vegetarian January

posted Jan 5, 2014, 11:47 AM by Rose Croft   [ updated Jan 5, 2014, 11:51 AM ]

Alas! Robin has become ill! Unluckily for him his body has decided that since he is was on holiday, his immune system was going to take a well earned rest and he promptly got a sickness bug! (its nothing to do with kebabs this time!) 
Our Robin is currently bravely consuming many liquid beverages in the form of water, tea and lemsip... and is thankfully not blaming his new found vegetarianism for his illness This is in fact very sensible of him actually. The vegetarian lifestyle loses many of its budding members due to illness and unbalanced diets. We hear that people got ill and gave up very often, which is a shame as it really is no excuse to give up on something so important! 

He's what he has to say...


Today I have taken some well deserved Comfort in the form of an Old Favourite - Chips from the local Chip Shop. 

Although I have justifiably tried nothing new... I am still meat free. Be Proud! and wish me well thoughts please.

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