World Vegetarian day

World Vegetarian Day is a day of celebration established in 1977 by the North American Vegetarian Society. It is observed annually on the 1st October and is the start of vegetarian awareness month. The aim of this month is to "promote the joy, compassion and life enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism."  and it does this by raising  awareness of the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.

A vegetarian is someone who does not eat flesh, fish, fowl or dairy. Although I now eat fish, eggs  and occasionally cheese, I've championed  a vegetarian diet for decades now. It requires some thought and you do need to think creatively about how to obtain a broad range of proteins, vitamins and minerals using nuts, legumes and pulses. If you're new to vegetarianism it might be worth investing in a cook book for recipes and inspiration. However, once you understand the basics and know what foods work for you,  a vegetarian diet can be  a healthy and vibrant way of approaching food and never more so than in the autumn, when all the rich coloured vegetables are in season. In the UK dark green kale and  large leafy green cabbage are in season and soon we'll have an abundance of pumpkins and squashes in a variety of delightful shapes and sizes. All great ingredients for hearty soups and stews.

So, even if you're not a vegetarian, it's a great time for fresh produce from the earth. With nature providing us with such glorious food why not expand your culinary horizons and explore vegetarian options when planning your weekly menu.

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