Chiller cabinets sport an array of microwavable ready meals, such as curries, pies, sausage rolls, lots of pasta dishes, toad-in-the-hole, and chilli. In the same section you’ll also see vegetarian burgers - mock-meat, bean and chopped vegetable ones - as well as sausages and fillets.
Or rustle up your own meal! Packet pasta is the simplest as there are so many different jarred sauces around. You can improvise and throw in fried mushrooms, steamed broccoli, olives, grilled red peppers, chopped sausages or tofu. Fresh pasta comes stuffed with different fillings.
Rice and noodles make great bases - and some types are microwaveable or boil in the bag. Make a stir fry from fresh, frozen or ready-prepared veg by adding one of the many packet Chinese and Thai sauces available. They’re good! You could whip up your own vegetable or mock meat curries from korma, balti, rogan josh, Madras and loads of other jarred sauces.
Soya mince (TVP - textured vegetable protein) is a meat-substitute you can buy frozen or dried, as mince or in chunks. Realeat Vegemince and Beanies mince are in the freezer cabinets. Great for dishes such as shepherd’s pie, lasagna, savoury mince, stews, casseroles and old favourites such as spag bol. One of the most nutritious food groups is pulses - peas, beans and lentils. They all come pre-cooked in tins - red kidney beans, pinto, cannelini, haricot, flageolets, green and brown lentils, black eyed peas and so on. Use them instead of mock meat.
When it comes to Sunday dinner, don’t panic! Simply swop the meat for a nut roast or frozen, imitation meat joints tasting like chicken, turkey or beef. Serve with roast veg and gravy as usual. Bisto is veggie and added to vegetable water and a green Oxo, you could do a lot worse for gravy.
When you become veggie, you can still have all your old favourites. In fact, going veggie really couldn’t be easier!
We can’t hold your hand around the supermarket but we can point you in the right direction. For more information, get the L Plate Vegetarian - a 36 page guide for learner veggies. Also available is the L Plate Vegan. Read them free online at www.viva.org.uk, or in hard-copy for £1 (plus 50p p&p) each.