How to beat the vegetable crisis

03 February 2017 | Healthy living, News

Sarah is World Cancer Research Fund's former Health Information Publications Manager.

A vegetable shortage has taken the UK by storm as people panic-buy lettuces and cry over empty courgette counters. It seems we have a real crisis on our hands!

Don't despair.

It’s great that so many people are upset about this vegetable shortage as it shows that eating plenty of vegetables has become both a habit and a pleasure for some Brits.

We can also take another silver lining from this cloud of crisis, and use this as an opportunity to try different types of fruit and veg. Give something you wouldn’t usually eat a go – something that hasn’t been affected by this bad harvest in Europe.

Seasonal UK veg

We may not be able to get our hands on lettuce, courgettes or aubergines, but we can still enjoy vegetables that are currently in growing season in the UK. These are often cheaper and much fresher, meaning they'll taste much better.

Vegetables currently in season here include:

  • Kale
  • Beetroot
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Leek
  • Red cabbage
  • Parsnip

Or make use of the abundance of apples and have a go at our Kentish pork casserole.

Frozen and canned

Fruit and vegetables also come in different forms.

You can still buy them frozen – an easy, cost-effective way to include your favourite veg in your meals.

Canned fruit and vegetables also count towards your five-a-day and you would be surprised by the variety available. Opt for cans with water or natural juice so you don’t find yourself eating added salt or sugar.

Why not try our kale and lentil stew?

Pulses galore

Pulses like yellow split peas, lentils, kidney beans and chickpeas are all great sources of protein. They also make satisfying substitutions for some of your favourite vegetables that are in shortage at the moment.

With the prices of the available vegetables likely to increase, pulses make a wallet-friendly alternative – the vast majority of tins cost considerably less than £1.

Try our chana dal recipe for a comforting, flavoursome dinner.

Crisis? What crisis? We’re going to be just fine!

Sarah Drabble | 03 February 2017