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Veggie sausage, kale & cheddar frittata

I'm writing this post whilst sitting in the sunshine. There is a slight breeze in the air and the birds are chirping away in the garden. SAT's are behind us and it's only one week till half term holidays. Oh and I've just eaten an entire frittata. It was unbelievably delicious. Life feels good.

I've been vegetarian for nearly 26 years. My husband has been veggie for 19 years and my son since he was born. As I've mentioned before, I don't discuss my reasons for not eating meat but I also don't mind if people choose to eat it. It's not my business. However, I do feel that it's important to try to show others that vegetarian food is good for you. So many people think it's unhealthy and that all vegetarians are constantly ill. Oh and that we all need to take vitamins all the time just to survive. This to me is a load of rubbish, yes of course there are some unhealthy vegetarians out there, but how many unhealthy meat eaters are there? Probably a heck of a lot more. My son's friend asked her Mum if she could be vegetarian, to which her Mum replied 'no, it's not healthy and it's stupid', and this conversation took place in front of my son. I was not pleased but chose to keep my thoughts to myself. Yet, every other day I see them taking bags of shopping into their house stuffed full of ready meals, cheap meat and other processed foods. I ask you, is that healthier? I feel strongly that a lot of people just don't understand what vegetarians really eat. As a family we take no vitamins, but rely on good fresh foods and home cooking to provide us with what our bodies need. We always make sure that daily we take in foods that are nutritionally balanced, with good amounts of protein, iron, vitamin B12, calcium and zinc. And we top up main meals with soups, smoothies, salads (like quinoa, bulgar wheat and couscous) and of course my own personal favourite, cakes!

I wanted to highlight that it's National Vegetarian Week, which is a fantastic awareness campaign. I'm not trying to convince anyone to completely stop eating meat and fish, but I do want to show that vegetarianism is a healthy lifestyle choice. So I've listed below our meal plan for this week, which I've not jazzed up and it's a typical week in our home. Mondays and Tuesdays I don't work, so I tend to cook something a little bit more complicated. Wednesday through to Friday my husband and I both work, so we need quick, easy meals to prepare. I usually make a little extra each night to use as leftovers for lunch the next day. If you are interested in any of our meals, I'll happily provide the recipe, just leave a comment below. And if you are keen to learn more about National Vegetarian Week, then click on the link above.

Meal Plan:

Monday

- Spinach and Feta pasties with new potatoes and broccoli

Tuesday

- Aubergine and puy lentil mousaka

Wednesday

- Chick pea and spinach dhal

Thursday

- Pasta Genovese

Friday

- Falafel burgers and salad

*This is a veggie sausage, kale and cheddar frittata. I made it with four free range eggs, a handful of freshly chopped oregano and lemon thyme, some cheddar, a handful of curly kale and some leftover cold veggie sausages. And a little salt and pepper.