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I hope you had a lovely May Bank Holiday Weekend. For me, I spent it with friends going out to mini-golf and meals in and around the Derbyshire area. If you would like recommendations for gluten free eating out in the area, please let me know. I also spent the time cleaning the house, which is not actually a job I hate with a passion, and relaxing. While I was relaxing (vegging on the sofa) I found myself reflecting on the last month. For those of you who missed my 3 Go-To Gluten Free Vegetarian Meals, you can check it out here. In that blog post I mentioned I was going meat free for the month of May for a few reasons. The first being I wanted to get out of the rut of always using meat in recipes,. I also wanted reduce my impact on the environment and hopefully feel better by eating more vegetables.
At the beginning of the month, I stocked up on my favourite vegetables – peppers mainly – and started to look for inspiration. You can check out my Pinterest board for vegetarian inspirational recipes. Initially, I was eating a lot of stuffed pepper and simple pasta dishes. Over the month, I branched out to find new foods I had previously been convinced I hated. Mushrooms are the key example of this that springs to mind. I have always enjoyed the taste of mushrooms but there is something about the texture that just doesn’t sit well with me. I used to only be able to enjoy them if they were blended into a sauce. Now, I have a fondness for stuffed mushrooms and have even started adding it to my roasted vegetable pasta bake. Blog posts coming soon if you are interested. Keep reading for my top tips and what I learnt. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
As I have mentioned earlier, pasta bakes became my favourite meal during this month. I bulk-cooked my roasted vegetable pasta bake and separated it into individual servings before freezing. It meant I had a quick, filling meal always available and didn’t feel tempted to buy yet another gluten free Mac and Cheese – though seriously, aren’t they the best? Other meals I have been loving include: Jacket Potatoes, Salads, Stuffed Mushrooms, omlettes and fritattas. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Sunday without a roast dinner. For me, not having meat on my plate was refreshing and meant I could fully appreciate all the food on offer. I have roasted pepper (a new favourite of mine) this time but am looking forward to trying to create a gluten free nut roast or vegetarian wellington soon. It has surprised me just how easy it is to find gluten free vegetarian meals to cook at home without too much effort.
Eating Out – gluten free and Vegetarian
Sadly, I have struggled when it comes to Eating Out as a coeliac and a vegetarian. This includes eating at restaurants or at family homes. It seems I suddenly became the even more awkward person than usual. Catering for two dietary requirements is a challenge for a lot of people and I felt I was being difficult asking for these options. At restaurants, I found there were very limited options for the coeliac and vegetarian combined among us. We visited the Crewe and Harpur in Derby last weekend with friends and we know it is a good place for the coeliac. You can check out my blog post on food options available here but they do update their menu regularly so please check before ordering. I couldn’t resist the stuffed pepper with risotto rice and a side of sweet potato fries and who can say no to a Sticky Toffee Pudding? Other places I have loved to Eat Out while gluten free and vegetarian are Hey Potato in Derby and Byrkley Park Garden Centre. You can check out my blog post on Byrkley Park Garden Centre here.
Overall, I have found the month to be an entertaining and interesting challenge, and if you are stuck in a rut like me, this will definitely help you. Moving forwards with my diet, I will be opting for no-meat options at home but it will not be ruled out of my diet. I find going out to socialise as a coeliac and a vegetarian too much hassle though I will always be on the lookout for gluten free vegetarian options to share with you. If you have any recommendations, please let me know in the comments below. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on Monday’s edition.