My Linda McCartney Vegetarian Challenge

Last week I was challenged by Linda McCartney Foods to go vegetarian for National Vegetarian Week, with their help! Linda McCartney Foods are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year which is really quite incredible. I’m not a vegetarian and I’ve never bought any of their foods before, but I thought it would be really fun to do the challenge and try out what it would really be like being a vegetarian… and to find out if I could actually make it a week without eating meat! I’m sure I have readers who are vegetarian, or at least trying to cut back on meat like we all should be doing, so I gratefully accepted the challenge!

I was pretty excited to start but also a bit nervous as I love cooking from scratch and seeing exactly what goes into my meals. That can however be time consuming so I was looking forward to a no-stress cooking week!

The last time I said I would become veggie was when I was a child. I decided I didn’t want to eat meat anymore… and it literally lasted an hour, no joke! I was craving a full English breakfast! How could you resist the smell of bacon and sausages!? This time I’m all grown up and I’m up for the challenge! Follow me on this journey where I sample the new range by Linda McCartney Foods and see how I get on… eeeekkkk… will I be able to not eat meat for a whole week!!!?

Linda was the inspiration for us becoming vegetarians. It is so exciting to be celebrating 25 years of her foodie legacy and see Linda’s wonderful pioneering vision of meat free eating and products go from strength to strength.

Paul, Mary and Stella

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

I had these for lunch with some salad (and obviously mayo and tomato sauce!) and they made the perfect snacky lunch. They were pretty tasty, definitely something I’d buy again and have in the freezer.

Red Onion and Rosemary Sausages

These looked much more like sausages and they tasted a bit like a falafel! I liked them and could definitely eat them again. I served them with some potatoes, but they would go great with some mash and gravy (vegetarian gravy of course!).

Vegetarian Sausages

I don’t have photos for these, I went to my Dad’s in the evening and the lighting was really bad!! ? When I first looked at these they didn’t look too much like sausages, but surprising they really didn’t taste much different to a normal sausage. For me these didn’t win me over, but I think it was that they tasted too much like a real sausage which freaked me out a bit!

Vegetarian Cheese and Leek Plaits

Wow these were really good! I think they’re perfect for a lunch to have with salad, probably not something I’d serve for dinner. Great to have in the freezer to knock up if you’re busy!

Vegetarian Country Pies

I served the pie with chips and carrots and it was super easy to make — just chuck it all in the oven and put the carrots on to boil! The pie tasted surprisingly good, I could easily see myself stocking up on these over the winter, it would make a perfect meat-free comfort meal!

Vegetarian Mozzarella 1/4lb Burgers

WOW… this burger wrapped in a brioche bun with a slice of cheese was so yummy!! If I was a veggie I’d be so satisfied eating this at a BBQ, very very tasty!

So, did I “win” the challenge!? Well, I must admit that I did have the odd bit of meat, mainly as I already had a meal arranged with some fellow bloggers at a burger restaurant, and it would have taken much more will power than I currently possess to resist ordering one of their amazing burgers! But who knows, maybe if the restaurant had stocked Linda McCartney’s mozzarella burgers I would of had one ?

I thoroughly enjoyed my vegetarian experience. While I can’t see myself going veggie for good, one thing this experience did make me think about is how much meat I usually eat. Trying to reduce it, even by one or two meals a week, is going to be better for not only my health, but the planet’s health. I think I’ll be more cautious when eating and make more effort to sometimes have meat-free days.

During my challenge I decided to do a little bit of research about Linda McCartney Foods and it was really interesting to learn how they’ve grown and the changes they’ve made. Who knew that in the early days when vegetarianism was rather elitist they decided to target their food at truckers in an attempt to get it more mainstream, and it worked! The video on their website is great and takes you along the journey of their food and their revolution, it’s definitely worth a watch.

Thank you Linda McCartney Foods for supplying me the delicious food for my vegetarian experiment! It’s been really fun trying out food I wouldn’t usually have thought about eating, and it’s made me much more aware of the meat I eat and made me strive to reduce it. The next time I’m picking up some burgers or sausages I may very well swing by the freezer isle and choose a healthier and tasty alternative!

Are you a vegetarian or thinking about becoming one? Have you tried and failed in the past? Do you think you eat too much meat? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your story!

Linda McCartney Foods kindly gave me the food in this post to try and review. While I was given the food for free, all of the opinions are my own and are 100% honest. For more information please see my disclaimer page.