Two Belfast brothers have been using social media to show vegetarian food doesn’t have to be boring.
Peter and George, both in their mid-twenties, share recipes for inspiration for those wanting to incorporate some meat-free meals into their diet.
They created @bottomofthefridgerecipes in July 2020 and have some great tips for others thinking of going veggie.
The brothers told Be why they created their Instagram account and said: “We have lived in different cities from each other for the last few years. Every day we would WhatsApp each other pictures of our lunch and dinner or send it into our family group chat.
“During the start of lockdown last year, we had more time on our hands and decided to start an Instagram page. We didn’t tell any friends or family until Christmas.”
The duo said on the whole, cooking vegetarian meals works out cheaper as meat items can be the most expensive part of weekly groceries.
And for alternatives, they said: “If we are cooking a traditionally meaty dish, our favourite meat substitutes are Quorn, Linda McCartney and This UK.
“Aside from that we try to eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, beans and pulses.”
Peter and George added why they stopped eating meat, and how it happened naturally.
They said: “Our parents turned vegetarian when we were young. Less meat was being cooked in the house and we gradually followed suit and stopped eating meat around the age of 5 and 8 respectively.
“This has made for some very awkward barbecues throughout the years.”
Their top tip for sprucing up veggie meals is to add lots of herbs and loads of garlic.
The pair have some tips for those thinking of going vegetarian, with their favourite cuisines being Mexican, Italian and Indian.
“We would suggest trying to have one or two meat-free meals a week and taking it from there. It is a massive life adjustment to go cold veggie turkey. Having your favourite meals with meat alternatives is a good way to not feel like you are missing out.
“It is a lot easier to go veggie in Belfast now compared to ten years ago, the vegetarian food scene is great.
“We by no means consider ourselves chefs. As vegetarianism is growing in popularity, we thought it would be good to share the sort of stuff we eat online with years of being veggie under our belts,” they added.
For some recipe inspiration, visit the duo’s Instagram page HERE.
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