Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food: The Substantial Salads Challenge

Vegetarian food can be awesome.  I mean, for one thing, most cakes are vegetarian – not to mention chocolate! – and I don’t think anyone is going to seriously claim that cakes and chocolate are not awesome.  And savoury vegetarian food can be fantastic, making the most of all the gorgeous vegetables, grains and legumes out there, as well as pasta, rice, polenta, and, if you are lacto-ovo vegetarian, eggs and dairy products such as yoghurt or cheese.  Who doesn’t love eating these things?

And yet, a lot of people are intimidated by vegetarian cooking (and let’s not even get started on the terror that cooking vegan can inspire!).  In all honesty, I’m one of those people.

I’m an omnivore with vegetarian tendencies.  I like cooking and eating vegetarian and vegan food, and I usually go vegetarian for a couple of months each year, during Lent.  I do this because I think it’s a good idea both ethically and health-wise to reduce reliance on animal sources of protein.

Despite this, I find vegetarian cooking really hard when I have to do it every day.  All my easiest, no-brainer meals all tend to have meat in them.  Which means the busier and more stressed I am, the less likely I am to cook vegetarian, despite my best intentions.

I want to do better than this.

My plan is, therefore, to start a monthly Everyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food festival over here on my blog.  Every month, I will pick a theme – which will probably be seasonal for those of us Southern Hemisphere types, so I hope you are all ready for Vegan Christmas In July – and provide a linky where you can add your dish.


Here are the rules:

To join in, simply post a vegetarian (or vegan) dish on your blog by the last day of the month and:
  • Link to the challenge page at Cate’s Cates (or link to both the challenge page and Cate’s Cates, if someone else is hosting)
  • Use the Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian logo in your post
  • If you use twitter, tweet your post with @catescates and #easyvegetarian and I will re-tweet it to my followers.
  • If you don’t have a blog, email me your recipe (17catherines at gmail dot com), along with a picture of the finished product, and I’ll post it for you and add it to the list.


  • Follow the current theme when creating your recipe
  • Entries can be vegetarian or vegan.  If your recipe happens to be suitable for any other dietary requirements so much the better – and please say so!
  • Entries don’t have to be new blog posts!  I’m hoping these challenges will hang around as an index of handy recipes (so that people in the Northern Hemisphere can come looking for salads when it’s seasonal for them).  Just edit your existing blog post with the link and icon for this one, and add your post to the linky.
  • Recipes must be added to the linky by the first day of the following month (ie, February 1 for this challenge).

The January 2013 theme is substantial Salads.

(because in this weather, who really wants to cook at dinner time?)

I look forward to seeing (and tasting) some amazing salads! Add them to the linky below.  If you’d like to make this into a blog hop from your blog, click on the link below after you’ve entered your contribution to get the code, and everyone else’s salads will appear on your blog as if by magic!

NB: It seems that links are taking a while to turn up below.  Please be patient, but if your link hasn’t shown up in 24 hours, let me know and I’ll follow it up for you.


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8 comments for “Anyone Can Cook Vegetarian Food: The Substantial Salads Challenge

  1. January 13, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I’d like to sign up, but salads are definitely not seasonal for my area right now! I’ll probably be posting a vegan soup recipe next week though.

    • Catherine
      January 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I’ll keep an eye out for it! For what it’s worth, you’re very welcome to post an older salad recipe (or more than one) from your blog, if you like – I’m planning to keep my Vegetarian / Vegan challenge posts around somewhere visible so that they will be an index for when it *is* the right time of year…

  2. January 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I updated my salad post with a link to this! Yay substantial salads!

    • Catherine
      January 15, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thank you! I’m trying to add you to the linky but having a little difficulty – will hopefully get yours up tonight…

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