Happy National Vegetarian Week to my readers in the U.K.! This is also a good time to try out some vegetarian recipes even if you still eat meat. In the past year a number of my family members have switched to an almost all vegetarian or vegan diet. When I initially became a vegetarian in high school, my mom started cutting back on buying red meat for the family, but they still ate chicken often. My sister, niece, brother and his girlfriend have also been cutting back on the meat in more recent years and now have a mostly vegetarian diet. The biggest surprise to me is my step-father who ate almost nothing BUT meat who started to change his diet after a heart attack a few years ago. He now loves salads, hummus, roasted veggies and rarely cooks meat. My mom and aunt are also very interested in Mind Body Medicine which connects what we eat with how we feel. Not surprisingly this also includes a diet of mostly vegetables. If you're drawing a blank on what to make for lunch or dinner, take a stroll through the recipe index!
A reminder that there is a handy little search box at the bottom of the site where you can search the recipes for key words. I recently updated all the recipes in the Cooking Up Comics archives to include Vegan and Gluten Free tags if they apply. In general the only dairy I use in my recipes is butter and cheese which can both be substituted for vegan versions. Although I usually indicate using soy milk, you can always use almond milk or another dairy substitute as well if you have soy allergies. Let me know in the comments if there are any other food sensitivities that you would like to have included to make searches easier!