This week it's National Vegetarian Week here in the UK, so whether you are a vegetarian / pescetarian, or maybe you are thinking about becoming one, or perhaps you just want to reduce the amount of meat you are eating – here is a list of my favourite books / websites to go to for some veggie inspiration.
1. The Happy Pear – www.thehappypear.ie
I honestly can't get enough of these guys at the moment and I've made my way through their first cookbook, loving the creations they have come up with. It's identical twins David and Stephen Flynn from Greystones, Wicklow, and not only are they about to release their second book 'The World of the Happy Pear' (which I am so excited about) but they have a pretty big online presence also, with a YouTube channel full of videos with tips and recipes on how to live a healthier lifestyle. I love that they don't use really unusual ingredients and that their recipes are so easy to follow – so check them out if you haven't already!
2. DeliciouslyElla – www.deliciouslyella.com
You must have been living under a rock if you haven't heard of the fabulous Deliciously Ella – she has really taken the healthy eating world by storm! Ella Mills transformed her diet from being a self confessed sugar monster to a eating a whole food plant based diet, and in the process cured herself from an illness that had her bedridden for 95% of the time. She now has a blog, two cookbooks, an app and is the co-founder of the Mae Deli in London – all of which are amazingly successful. I especially love the sweet recipes of Ella's, as I too have a sweet tooth, so finding healthy ways to eat desserts has been an real eye opener for me.
3. Honestly Healthy – www.honestlyhealthyfood.com
Founded in 2010 by Natasha Corrett, the recipes on this site are created to keep the body in an alkaline state rather than an acidic one, as the latter can cause many health problems for us. Natasha found that by ditching the traditional diets, and switching to healthy eating, her weight loss was gradual and it has successfully stayed off. As well as the website she has four books, a food delivery service and has created a 3 month food plan called 'Lean and Green' which is well worth a look of you would like to lose weight healthily.
4. Crazy Sexy Kitchen – www.kriscarr.com
Kris Carr is a New York Times best selling author, a wellness advocate and a cancer survivor. When I read her story I immediately bought her book 'Crazy Sexy Kitchen' and have loved creating the dishes in it. Kris is the inspiration behind Deliciously Ella, and she also has hugely benefited her health by making the switch to a plant based diet. My favourite dish in her book is the Crazy Sexy Bean Chilli – and although I've adapted it slightly to suit my family, it's a firm staple in my house served with tacos, fresh guacamole and salsa.
There are so many other fab books, blogs and websites out there bursting with new and exciting vegetarian recipes it would be impossible to name them all, but I'd love to hear of any that you use – it's always great to find some new inspiration!
Happy cooking x