So, a few of you will have seen Hugh Fearlessly-Eats-It-All's (was it you who told me this name for him, little macaroon?) article on The Joy Of Veg in the Weekend Magazine of the Guardian on the 26th August. It seems it has caused a little bit of controversy as HFW has been such a meat pusher up to now. In fact, someone in the letters page the following week rather cheekily asked if HFW would refund his money for his purchase of 'Meat' - the large tome of recipes for the carnivore.
I enjoyed the article and thought some of the recipes intriguing (it is obviously advertising for HFW's new book 'River Cottage Veg Everyday') and I am someone who owns and loves 'Meat'. I think myself and a fairly hefty part of the population love meat but are also very much aware of the arguments for eating less meat (savings to household budget, animal welfare arguments, reduced environmental impact). For my part, as a family, we think nothing of having meals with no meat at all and do this for a large proportion of our week. When we do eat meat, we buy the best we can - as welfare friendly as we can and enjoy it as a treat.
I especially love vegetable-rich recipes for two reasons. The first is that I LOVE vegetables. My family have teased me for years that I devour loads of the veg at a roast dinner. The second is that I want my boys to have a healthy diet and get into healthy eating habits while young. We are by no means angels in this regard, though, as we do eat diets high in fat and sugar. I reckon that's okay if the calories balance (well, they do for the kids and I'm making an effort) and we get plenty of the good stuff.
Chose to make the recipe for the spicy carrot and chickpea pitta pocket and it was a big hit. Adam especially loved them and has asked me to make them again very soon. The carrot dish is very similar to the one Steve made for his random recipes mezze.
Recipe on the Guardian website here along with the other recipes he included. I'm going to make the aubergine and green bean curry next. Yum.
If anyone has any links to their own quick and easy vegetable-full family meals, I'd love to see them.