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How to Feed a Vegetarian

Meeting the Needs of Meatless Eaters


4/19/2018 8:54:38 AM

How about a vegetarian who is lactose intolerant and gluten free? And has an aversion to doing work?
1/4/2018 5:43:48 AM

-POOKIE-'s SparkPage
And there are some revolting negative comments on this article... it needs a clean up as does those posters attitudes.
1/2/2018 11:50:03 AM

-POOKIE-'s SparkPage
Don't forget about gelatine. Another hidden part of a silly amount of food that no vegetarian would eat.
1/2/2018 4:28:45 AM

If only well meaning vegetarians wouldnt insist that brown rice and beans were better for my diabetes than meat and buttered greens. There are a couple of very rude vegans where I work that have to make their condescending comments about not eating anything with a face. They totally misunderstand about carbs turing to sugar.
11/2/2017 4:29:14 PM

BECCABOO127's SparkPage
I had a friend visit me years ago stating that she became a vegetarian. I put my thinking cap on and made her many delicious vegetarian meals. She loved the food, and I expanded my cooking abilities.

I don't require that a vegetarian bring his/ her own meal, but I am delighted if he/ she does.

I do an eggplant casserole as a vegetarian side dish, and always have black bean burgers in the fridge. I like the comment of doing a veggie pasta salad. I put homemade peanut sauce on mine. There are ways to make our vegetarian pals feel welcomed.
8/4/2017 9:08:40 AM

MNLEONA's SparkPage
I do not think they eat eggs. Never thought of lard. I do not know any vegans.
7/19/2017 8:23:00 AM

I love the vegetarians that you meet at fast food places, stuffing burgers into their mouths quickly, because they just "gotta have some meat", but when you go to their homes, they pretend they are high and mighty.....
4/13/2017 7:32:57 AM

Not sure vegan is good for you.
6/29/2016 1:02:28 AM

ZELDA13's SparkPage
I used to have a big BBQ twice a year. Had at least 50 people there at a time. I prepared all the food and included the standard BBQ fare, but also some vegetarian dishes. I don't think anyone who came was vegetarian, but I would often prefer those dishes. They would include a veggie pasta salad with lentils, a baked pasta dish, a fruit salad and for those who did eat fish, peel and eat shrimp. I am a bit surprised at some strong comments. It's almost like who's right and who's wrong. Not a lot of tolerance and it's a bit sad.
4/17/2016 2:25:17 PM

No, please do not "egg them on" without checking! Many vegetarians and all vegans do not eat eggs. The commenter below me refuses to do anything for vegetarians. Okay. There's still things you can avoid - like being rude or intolerant, lying about ingredients etcetera.
Many of us are coming from a place of kindness (to animals) and we appreciate kindness in return (to us.) But hey, if you don't want to have us over, we are probably fine with that.

Great article! Thanks for posting it.
3/29/2016 9:02:36 AM

RAMBLER61's SparkPage
I refuse to cook a special meal for -tarians any more. On more than one occasion I've been asked to cook for church functions, and then have several different people ask for social've got one that wants no onions, one that wants no garlic, one that wants no meat but garlic is OK, and one that garlic is a demon. I've literally had to cook 4 or 5 versions of the same meal for 20 people on occasion. It gets to be impossible. For example, the "absolutely no onion" people cannot eat my spaghetti a sauce, canned spaghetti sauce, ketchup, ranch dressing, any other off the shelf dressing, seasoned salt, any mixed seasoning whatsoever, most store bought broths, etc. I've gently suggested that they bring something they are able to eat, but have been offended that they aren't catered to, and I cannot cook two entirely separate meals. So, they are no longer invited to any functions at our home. My message to any -tarians is this: when you are invited and you aren't willing to eat what The host serves, be honest. Tell the host you'd love to join but that you will bring your own food because you cannot eat (insert your issue here). Don't expect the host to make a separate meal. That is offensive. Then, at the meal, don't insist that what others choose to eat is bad, or cruel or whatever, based on your own beliefs. That will earn you a disinvite from my table for future gatherings pretty quickly (and it has happened on more than one occasion at my home by ungrateful vegans, onion haters and other haters who have been invited to my home).
9/5/2015 11:22:52 PM

My husband's work had ONE vegan (he has moved for work now). I researched and adapted a vegetarian recipe into a vegan one just for him at a giant Pot-luck Thanksgiving (or maybe Christmas) gathering. I had to do either turkey or ham, and figured nobody else would make anything he could have as a main (Despite about 60 people bringing things!) I was right, and even his choice of sides was limited since butter, cheese or mayonnaise was fairly prevalent. Non-vegetarians loved it too!
6/30/2015 1:59:23 PM

FITVENTI's SparkPage
Definitely invite a vegetarian! I got to hear all about my best friend's (in a city where we didn't know many people/foreign country) Thanksgiving dinner that she purposely excluded me from because I don't eat turkey and assumed I'd be unable or unwilling to eat anything at all. I guess because the bird is the centerpiece for her. I didn't want to make a fuss about it, but I wish she had known I'm happy to eat sides and have fun like we usually do, or that I could bring something to share. It really isn't a big deal to long-time vegetarians. We're used to all sorts of situations and adapting to them, and are happy to not soapbox on animals rights.
6/30/2015 9:00:40 AM

I had to laugh when I read "Don't try sneaking meat in". I am vegan and I will ask my sister if the sauce, vegetables or whatever has any meat and she will say "Not that you cab tell."
5/15/2015 10:38:34 PM

MAIA_CALM's SparkPage
I am a vegetarian, and I would bring something with vegetarian protein to eat in case nothing like that was available. A lot of people think, just give them cheese! But that's not always vegetarian. Most cheeses contain rennet, which is from the stomach lining of cows or sheep. Also, they were telling people to only have one or two eggs a week. What's going on with how SparkPeople is always saying to eat a bunch of eggs?

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