accommodating a vegetarian in a meat-eating family-guest post

If the 34 vegetarian recipes posted on this site so far aren’t enough to answer the “what can I feed a vegetarian?” question, perhaps today’s post will give you some guidance.

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Vegetarian Meal Ideas for Mixed Families

What happens when one or more members of your family are staunch vegetarians and the rest must have meat at the table? Do you have to cook separate meals for the two groups or is there an easier way out? Vegetarianism is a fad for some, a test run for others, and a way of life for yet others. So if someone in your family decides to go the vegetarian way, don’t discourage their effort by refusing to cook for them – it’s not that hard to cater to a mixed crowd at the dinner table when you’re prepared and know what needs to be done.

  • Make some days wholly vegetarian days: Before you start to protest this meatless (pun unintended) idea, think of the benefits that wholesome vegetarian meals bring to your family’s health. Vegetables and fruits are filled with nutrients like vitamins and minerals which not only help you keep your calorie count down but also boost your general physical and mental wellbeing. Meat is rich in protein no doubt, but unless it’s lean and unless it’s fat-free, vegetarian meals are much better in terms of health. Also, when you go vegetarian a few days in the week, your menus become varied and you get to try out new recipes and food items.
  • Bring breakfast to lunch: If you’re stumped as to what to cook for your vegetarian child or spouse (or yourself) for lunch, go back to the breakfast menu to help you choose. An omelet is a great meal idea if they eat eggs, and if they don’t try out pancakes and waffles with fruit, honey and nuts. These make wholesome meals that include nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, and the good kind of fat.
  • Replace the meat with vegetarian alternatives: If you’re cooking a meat dish with a salad and gravy or sauce, think of an equivalent vegetarian replacement for the meat – it’s similar to putting in a veggie patty into a burger instead of the meat. Soy, mixed vegetables, and potatoes are good substitutes that fill you up, and they can be eaten with the salad and gravy that you’ve prepared for the rest of the family. Do ensure that you keep the salad fully vegetarian by avoiding bacon bits and shredded chicken. And if your vegetarian does not eat eggs, avoid dressings that use eggs as an ingredient.

If you’re not used to cooking vegetarian, there will be times when you struggle to cater to the taste of your family member; however, if you’re armed with a few recipes and the necessary ingredients, it’s always possible to come up with some great vegetarian food.


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  1. Great ideas!

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