The time of year has come around where I get to celebrate another year being meat-free! If you want to read a bit more in-depth as to why or how I went vegetarian then you can read my first-anniversary post here, but I think with this one I'm gonna focus more on the changes I've seen in myself, my diet, and my ability to make meals beyond steaming vegetables.
On my last anniversary post, I said how I was struggling with finding good vegetarian options at fast food places and takeaways, and I wrote that I hoped this would change and more options would become available. Well, my wishes were granted, alot of fast food places (apart from McDonald's) are offering vegan options on their menus that go beyond a veggie wrap or deep-fried cheese, places like KFC and Burger King I would actually choose to eat at now because of their options, unfortunately, the pandemic meant that alot of places reduced their menu size and for some reason that meant taking away ALL the veggie and vegan options, but full menus are available now and I'm loving the vegan chicken Royale from Burger King and the vegan chicken burger from KFC too. Obviously I don’t eat at these places all the time (it’s a less than monthly occurrence for me) so I think having limited options at these places is both a blessing (just to have some option) and a curse as it is still junk food. But overall, I'm really happy that most chain restaurants and companies are beginning to see the benefits of offering a meat-free menu.
- This Isn’t Bacon Rashers
- Pukka Vegan Chicken and Mushroom Pie
- Richmond's Meat-Free Sausages
- Richmond’s Meat-Free Burgers
- Moving Mountains Fish Fillets (haven’t found them yet but I'm really excited about them)
Much like the first post, I'd like to add a couple of “wishes” here that I hope might come true by next year. I’d really like to see a huge improvement in vegan fish choices as up until now I've seen nothing that actually has a similar taste or texture to fish, I think alot of companies think that adding vinegar to something coated in batter is good enough to be a fish substitute…I’m here to tell you that it’s not. In the list above I wrote down Moving Mountains Fish Fillets, I haven't been able to find them yet but I'm really looking forward to trying them eventually, they're the best-looking fish substitute I've seen so far! So yeah, I’m hoping by August 2022 that vegan fish will be a more widely available choice as surely we can find something that holds the number of vitamins and minerals that fish does then magic it up to look like battered fish?!