A lot of people think that they just would not have the time to become vegetarians. This is because if you cut the meat out of a standard diet, you will become malnourished. You need to replace the nutrients and vitamins available in meat with the same or similar nutrients and vitamins in other foodstuffs like lentils, beans, pulses, nuts and legumes.
This means that vegetarians need to plan their meals more precisely that meat-eaters, but it does not have to be an obsession. There are fairly simple methods of getting all your mind and body requires.
It is probably factual to say that it is more difficult to plan meals in the correct manner while you first become a vegetarian, but you will soon get the hang of preparing meals that are nutritious and healthy. However, that gets harder and harder, the more foodstuffs that you leave out from your diet.
Some vegetarians will eat fish and some will not; some vegetarians will eat eggs and dairy products, but others will not. The more dedicated the vegetarian the more difficult it is to replace the vitamins that you are lacking by not consuming meat.
One manner of looking at how difficult it is to be a vegetarian is by bearing in mind that meat needs to be cooked but fruit and vegetables do not (or not all of them anyway).
Sandwiches are also a very fast vegetarian snack and you ought to take full advantage of all the different types of bread on the market to vary the flavours and the benefits from the ingredients.
Every cook ought to understand how to make a casserole and this is also the case for vegetarian cooks. Maybe the best manner of making a casserole is in a crock pot, so if you have not got one yet, get one as soon as you can. After using your crock pot for a week, you will be wondering how you ever made the time to live without one before.
You can prepare important vegetarian casseroles for your family when you are at work or doing something else and there are thousands of vegetarian crock pot recipes without having to resort to using a meat recipe and only leaving out the meat.
The attraction of a crock pot is that you can prepare all sorts of food in it, not just casseroles. You can make puddings, breads and cakes, but that can become the topic of future articles. The other boon to the busy cook is the microwave. You can microwave potatoes and other vegetables in minutes instead of roasting them for hours with the meat.
So next time you or someone else says that you do not have time to be a vegetarian, keep in mind that technology has moved on from the Seventies and it is a lot easier nowadays. There is a great deal more known concerning vegetarianism now and that knowledge is much more broadly accessible - particularly on the Internet and there are also better cooking devices like programmable crock pots and microwaves.
Owen Jones, the writer of this piece, writes on a variety of subjects, but is now concerned with how to cook for diabetics. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at Cookbooks For Diabetics.