Why I’m munching meat-free in March

I’m a confirmed sausage muncher but myself and my friend and fellow blogger Becs (Bitsandbobsbecs) will not be eating any meat or fish for the duration of the month of March. We’ve taken the decision to have a meat-free month to try and increase our culinary creativity, eat a healthier diet and to spend some serious time pondering whether we really need to eat quite as much meat as we do. Of course, this should also ensure horse is neigh-where to be found in our food. We don’t expect to be fully-fledged vegetarians by the end of the month, but we do hope to have made a few food discoveries (recipes and restaurants), expanded our horizons, saved some pounds and maybe dropped a lb or two too.

We’ll be detailing our exploits on our blogs – posting updates about everything from vegetarian cookbook and restaurant reviews, staving off sausage sarnie pangs and interviews with vegetarian chefs and we’d love to invite you all to take part with us. It may be that you are already vegetarian or vegan, or you’ve considered going vegetarian for a while and not yet taken the plunge, or – like us – you want to innovate your food routine. Whatever your reasons, we’d be happy to have you on board!

During the course of the month we are planning to set up a recipe exchange where participants swap their favourite vegetarian or vegan recipe with another blogger and then have a go at making it in their own home. This should hopefully provide us all with some inspiration in the kitchen, though we’d also love any suggestions for food or cooking techniques to try, eateries in our areas or beating bacon cravings.

We’ll also be tweeting about our exploits using the hashtag #MFMuk and invite anyone else who’d like to take part to do the same. If you’d like any more information about the idea behind our meat ban or the recipe swap please get in touch via email foodfablesUK@gmail.com or find us on Twitter @foodfablesukand @becs_edwards



  1. February 27, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    neigh-where to be found must be the best of the horse puns so far!
    might give this a bash…..

    • Fay
      February 27, 2013 / 12:50 pm

      Great stuff!Let me know if you do any posts/reviews and I’ll link to them, you should definitely sign up for the recipe exchange too Jeff! You know of any good veggie/vegan places I should be heading other than Sky Apple and Scrumpy Willow and Singing Kettle?

  2. February 28, 2013 / 10:41 am

    Sounds like a great idea. My boyfriend’s colleague is a vegan and he let us borrow a couple of his vegetarian cookbooks – there’s some amazing recipes in there I really want to try. I’m not saying I will ever turn veggie either but I think that I am significantly less adventurous with vegetables! Good luck, can’t wait to hear what you are up to.

  3. March 5, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    I’ve given up meat for lent (second time I’ve tried it). It’s fun, and as you say, it’s a great way to try some different meals. For me, the most difficult thing isn’t the cooking; there are loads of great veggie recipes out there; but I find it really hard when I eat out or at friends houses. I’m such a non-fussy eater usually, that I don’t like how fussy being vegetarian makes me!
    Good luck with the challenge, and I’ll definitely be checking in for some new recipes ideas!
    Ps – My favourite veggie recipe is this one http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2008/03/smoky-refried-bean-soup.html which is actually vegan, except I usually serve it with a dollop of sour cream and nachos on the side!!

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