Jamie Oliver Is Now a Part Time Vegetarian
Chef Jamie Oliver is well known for his push for a healthier diet at home and, for children, at school and now he’s walking the walk by going vegetarian as often as he can.
“Vegetarian and well managed vegan diets are looking very good at the moment in general health terms. We should all be learning from them and focusing on enjoying more plant-based delights. I personally try to eat vegetarian 2-3 times a week,” he told the mommy blog Mumsnet. ”It will save you a load of money and it challenges you to be more creative but it’s been an absolute joy.”
One of the ways in which he advises people to get creative is with beans to get that much asked about protein when transitioning from a meat-based to a plant-based diet.
“Be ninja about the wonderful world of beans,” he said. “You can source and get the most delightful range online. You’ve got a pretty good selection in supermarkets, but if you see how Spanish and Italians cook with beans, and whether it’s whole, smashed, soft, crispy, the possibilities are endless. And online you can source anything. The shapes and colors are beyond belief – these are often bought dried, and they’re cheap as chips, but much more nutritious.”
Oliver has dabbled with vegetarian dishes in the past and even included a vegetarian chapter in his latest cookbook but his latest ventures into the veggie side have led to a new all-vegetarian cookbook. He hopes it will also lead to a TV show, just like his odyssey for getting healthier lunches into schools, ‘The Food Revolution.’
“I’ve written a vegetarian book and I’m waiting for the chance for Channel 4 to show it,” Oliver said. “They’re not yet convinced the general public want to see it, personally in my position I disagree.”
We disagree as well and can’t wait to see it.
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