Easy Ways to Try Vegetarianism

October 1 is observed as World Vegetarian Day, an opportunity for people to join together and raise awareness about vegetarianism. The goal is “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” This one-day holiday also marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month, which ends on November 1, observed as World Vegan Day.

Have you considered going vegetarian or heard about a friend who has? Have you wondered what the big deal is?

  • Andrew Greco, one of our Facebook fans, is a vegetarian “For the planet.”
  • Todd Ramsey told us he’s going meatless for two weeks to see if it’s something he can do. It’s an attempt at being healthier and trying to reduce the meat, namely red meat, in his diet.
  • Amy Crews, one of our DIR staffers, said “I’m a vegetarian to stand up for animal rights, for my overall well being as well as to help alleviate the environmental impacts that come with the way in which animals are raised.”

No matter your motives for trying or adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, there’s really only good things that can come of it. If you’re still debating, here are a few ideas for dipping your toe in the meat-free waters this month.

Meatless Monday. This is a wildly popular word-of-mouth campaign that has taken off in the past year. The effort encourages people to eat meals without any meat for the entire day each Monday. You’ll be surprised how simple it is to adopt this practice. If you’re on Twitter, follow #MeatlessMonday (and look for our meatless Recipe of the Day).

Vegetarian for a Week. Forget those wacky detoxes and cleanses being hocked all over the web, try cleansing your body with natural fruits and vegetables. There’s no better way to fuel and refresh your body than with wholesome, healthy meals.

Be Sneaky. If you’re in to the idea, but your family isn’t, just sneak a meatless meal in to the rotation without saying a word. A meal like these amazing Slow Cooker Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers will be an instant favorite and no one will notice there wasn’t any meat. Stew, soup, pizza, and pasta are other easy recipes that are satisfying and flavorful without the meat.

Skip a Meat. Don’t ever skip a meal, but skipping the meat in a meal is worth it. Dedicate one meal a day to being meatless. At the end of the week, assess how you feel, and ask yourself if you really even missed the animal protein. We promise you’ll still feel full, especially if you try some foods from the protein for vegetarians list.

We don’t want to have you to go this vegetarian road alone. Here are a few of our favorite meatless recipes that you should try at least once.

  • Veggie Potstickers – Save calories by enjoying this Asian favorite at home and without meat.


Dale O.

This older article was given as a link from a more recent article in 2013 so many of the comments are from years past.

Frans B.said: "...avoid meat for a week or two, then prepare some again, it SMELLS funny and TASTES crappy."

Only if one is a bad cook. Meat always tasted the same to me and I am a good cook.

While I was in the kitchen to get my homemade salad, the cat that owned me made a contribution to what I wrote. Had to delete it as most people don't understand cat language in the written form, even if it is pawfect.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago


Kynthia B.
Cynthia B5 years ago

Go vegan

Frans Badenhorst
Frans B5 years ago

avoid meat for a week or two, then prepare some again, it SMELLS funny and TASTES crappy

Danuta Watola
Danuta W5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

aj E.
aj E5 years ago


Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron5 years ago

I like meat to complement the vegetables, i try and make meat a side dish, during the winter that is hard since i like to try and eat a similar way as my ancestors (with the season) and go for things that they would have been able to keep in their root cellars and meat was more available because they raised animals, during the warmer months though, spring, summer and fall it is easier as there would be a more variety. Though I am always looking for new recipes that I am able to have.

And on that note

Does anyone have any good vegetarian recipes, or websites, that does not involve lentils/legumes except green beans, peas, alfalfa, and clovers (Those are the only ones I can have without getting sick) I can handle a serving size of peanuts before they get me sick so that is possible depending? I am not going vegetarian, but I always like new recipes, and right now I am looking for recipes that have to do with harvest vegetables/fruit/grains (vegetables/fruits/grains harvested around this time).

Valentina R.
Valentina R5 years ago

It's easy to stay meat-free in summer, thee are so many delicious fresh salads to make!

Dale Overall

I like a variety in my diet and that includes meat and many more veggies. Eating meat is natural and some say we were born with the ability to make a choice and have a conscience. Fine, but since we evolved eating meat that is one of my choices. Veggies should be the main stay or other protein substitutes can be made but this idea that we have to give up on meat to be good people is just not valid.
As with everything, research one's diet. I know some vegetarians who are not at all healthy so it does not become a ticket to good health in all cases.

Dale Overall

Also forgot to add that spammers dropping their ads into comments is annoying and frustrating-most of these people do not even have a profile on Care2!