Seasonal recipes to celebrate National Vegetarian Week

Celebrate National Vegetarian Week, which runs from 13th-19th May, by rustling up a vegetarian feast with our pick of seasonal and easy vegetarian recipes.

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Vegetarians, vegans and steadfast carnivores are being encouraged to cook their favourite meat-free meals to celebrate National Vegetarian Week by TV chefs the Hairy Bikers, aka Si King and Dave Myer, actor and comedian Stephen Fry and actor Joanna Lumley.

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The Hairy Bikers said: “As cooks, we’ve always appreciated our veg and they’re a hugely important part of our cooking. And lately, without really thinking about it, we’ve been eating less meat.

“The more we learn about cooking great food, the more we enjoy making use of all the amazing produce that’s on offer and creating dishes where vegetables, pulses and other plant foods are the stars of the show. That’s why we’re getting stuck into National Vegetarian Week this year… and we think you should too!”

Run by The Vegetarian Society, the campaign also encourages people to give vegetarian food a go and try something new.

Here is our pick of delicious vegetarian recipe ideas – with many using seasonal or foraged ingredients.

Country lentil soup

This hearty lentil soup, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, is easy to make and full of flavour.

Country lentil soup Vegan Cookbook by Tony and Yvonne Bishop-Weston
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Wild garlic and onion bhaji with wild garlic raita

These bhajis have become a River Cottage classic. They are cracking with a good curry or served with drinks as a little appetiser.

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Nettle pesto

Nettle pesto can be made very simply – all you need to do is substitute cooked nettle leaves for the basil or baby spinach you’d normally use.

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Asparagus and Sweet Potato hash with Avocado and Egg recipe

A seasonal, vegetarian brunch to enjoy this May.

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British asparagus, watercress and cherry tomato risotto

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Make the most of our seasonal veg with this tasty and healthy risotto

Recipe: mushroom and pine nut muffins

These light savoury muffins are the perfect picnic companion – and they’re vegan-friendly, too.

Mushroom muffins from Vegan Cookbook by Tony and Yvonne Bishop-Weston
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Visit www.vegsoc.org for more information