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National Vegetarian Week: Supermarkets are super for veggies

As National Vegetarian Week continues, Ami Tadaa offers a guide to the best veggie and vegan stuff on the shelves

Tesco are sponsoring National Vegetarian Week
Tesco are sponsoring National Vegetarian Week

Lifelong vegan Ami Tadaa is continuing her search around the North East for yummy veggie and vegan food.

But today, she turns her attention to the best places to go and stock up your larder cupboard on veggie essentials.

“Being vegetarian or vegan is so simple when you are surrounded by such amazing meat/dairy alternatives.

Supermarkets are becoming more and more aware that they need to provide for veggies and vegans and continue to add to their range of products.

These products are affordable, yummy and so easy to find, so there’s no excuse for not trying the veggie challenge for the rest of National Vegetarian Week.

Ooh, and if you were not convinced already… I have a few reasons that may make you consider either trying veggie this week, becoming veggie or including more veggie items in your diet.

1. It’s better for animals. Around two million land animals are slaughtered every day in the UK alone, just so people can eat their flesh.

2. It’s more sustainable. Growing grains and pulses to feed to animals is much less efficient than eating them ourselves. The livestock industry uses huge amounts of land, water and fossil fuels, while producing 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and all sorts of other pollution.

3. It’s a healthy option. A balanced vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest diets around, and trust me, it’s really lovely to eat too!”

But back to the supermarkets.

Tesco, www.tesco.com

Tesco is celebrating its National Vegetarian Week (May 19-25) sponsorship with a brand new range of frozen meat-free meals.

Tesco says as well as being tastier, the new range is fresher, brighter and more convenient too.

The retailer said it listened to its customers who wanted more inspiration and less time in the kitchen. In response, a selection of meat-free meals has been designed, packed with freshness and flavour that cook straight from the freezer in as little as 10 minutes.

New products in the range include:

Tesco Meat Free Paneer, Sweet Potato and Spinach Bakes – An Indian delight packed with traditional Indian spices, vegetables and creamy Paneer cheese.

Tesco Meat Free Green Thai Vegetable Bakes – Bursting with authentic Thai flavours of coconut, chilli, ginger, lime leaves and lemongrass.

Tesco Meat Free Spinach & Courgette Frittata – a fresh, green sensation! Made with freerange eggs and creamy mozzarella and packed full of vibrant courgettes and spinach.

Lynne Elliot, chief executive at the Vegetarian Society, said: “Going vegetarian is tasty and rewarding. Making this surprisingly simple change could benefit your health and it’s more affordable too.

“Enjoy adding more meat free meals into your week – it’s not rocket science, it’s just delicious.”

Ami says: “Tesco has always been a great place for my family and I to buy vegan goodies! Tesco makes it really easy to find the vegan and vegetarian products – which can be identified by the black and green V logo (symbolising vegetarian) and the white and green V logo (symbolising vegan).

“There are a wide range of vegetarian/vegan products offered by Tesco – these include: stir fly kits, vegan alternatives (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt), pizza, indian and oriental meals, vegetarian meat free products (sausage rolls, mince, burgers etc. Tesco also caters to people with gluten intolerance.”

Find the Tesco Vegan lists here: http://veganfuture.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/tesco-vegan-list/

Morrisons is Ami's supermarket of choice
Morrisons is Ami's supermarket of choice

Morrisons, www.morrisons.com

Vegetarian Week: The Morrisons Magazine says “Our all-new veggie recipes and expert tips will tempt even meat-eaters to veg out in celebration of National Vegetarian Week (May 19-25)”

Ami says: “Morrisons has a wide variety of products that are vegetarian, vegan and cater to people with gluten free intolerance. Having lived near a large Morrisons – I have always shopped there and have always been able to find new and yummy vegan goodies – both sweet and savoury!

“They offer a wide variety of meat substitutes such as pies, mince, burgers, sausages etc. They also have many vegan treats such as jam tarts, biscuits, apple crumble, chocolate chip cookies and much more.”

Sainsbury’s, www.sainsburys.co.uk

The current Sainsburys Magazine includes an account of two people going vegetarian for the week. They say “ take a look, borrow our ideas and give veggie week a go.” You can have a read here: www.sainsburysmagazine.co.uk/blog/item/veggie-week

Sainsbury’s promote the “Free and Easy” range of vegetarian products. They also offer vegetarian meat alternative as well as vegan and gluten free products.

Recipe of the day:

For those of you who love Mexican food and don’t want to give up your tacos for veggie week – you don’t have to!

Smoked Quorn Tacos

Fills 4 taco shells

Preparation time: 10-15 mins

Cooking time: 20 mins


175g Quorn mince

1 tbsp olive oil

½ medium onion, very finely chopped

1 – 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp sweet smoked paprika

pinch cumin

1 tsp dried thyme

200ml light stock (e.g. Marigold Bouillon, green label)

1 small red chilli, very finely chopped

2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

To Serve:

taco shells

shredded lettuce

sliced tomatoes

grated mild cheese


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