* A lot of people think that being veggie is simply an omission of meat/fish from your diet. There are different degrees of vegetarianism, ranging from just having no meat/fish in your diet to not eating any animal products at all (eg: gelatine, pork fat etc). So if you’ve been invited for a meal, it’s a good idea to let your host know your full dietary requirements.
* Stock up on pantry goodies such as herbs, spices, sauces, stock cubes, different salts etc which will enhance any meal.
* Other than going to supermarkets, try and go to independent deli’s, farm shops and ethnic food shops (Indian, Middle Eastern, Oriental, Eastern European etc) as they often have unique sauces, spices and ingredients you wouldn’t ordinarily see. Make sure the items are 100% veggie though!
* In addition to visiting different food shops, visiting Food Festivals and Farmer’s Markets provide you with the chance to try locally sourced produce which is often not available on the High Street. It’s also a great way to spend a morning or to have a day out!
* If you see a meat recipe, try and see if you can make it a veggie dish by switching the meat for a soya alternative. See my recipes for suggestions.
* It is worth checking The Vegetarian Society’s website for up to date veggie nutritional advice, news about new product launches and recipes.