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One of the most famous vegetarians of all time, Albert Einstein, once said, "Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." So, when mum used to tell you to eat your veggies, she probably knew they would give you extra brain power so that one day you could grow up to be just like the old physicist himself.

Research has suggested that early humans had largely plant-based diets, so we know that the first vegetarian recipes date way back to caveman times. These days, vegetarianism is an increasing trend, especially among younger generations, and the demand for varied and more interesting vegetarian and vegan recipes is ever on the rise.

Never before have we been exposed to such a wide assortment of fresh fruit and vegetables in our supermarkets and grocery stores. But, there's no need to be daunted by all those exotic and foreign vegetables that may resemble the object of an invention test on a cooking show. Our recipes will show you how to prepare these, as well as provide refreshers and cooking times for some of the more traditional vegetarian recipes.

Vegetarian recipes aren't strictly for the vegetarians either, and if you think about it, there's a huge range of everyday side dishes, sauces, drinks, condiments and breakfast foods across every type of cuisine that are technically vegetarian.

Creative and tasty vegetarian recipes are a great way for parents to coax children into eating their fruit and vegetables, and balanced meals can provide the body with all the nutrients it needs throughout the day, as well as help minimise some of the negative health impacts of fatty meats and animal products in the diet.

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