Are you used to making the same dishes that your family enjoys for dinner like meat loaf, chicken, or hamburgers? You have entertained many times before and are probably a great cook. But now a vegetarian is coming over for dinner. Some people don’t make anything special for vegetarians and let them eat what they can find to eat like side dishes. But you want to be a good host and make a main dish your vegetarian guest will enjoy.
Some people can be nervous about asking their guests who are coming to dinner what they like or don’t like to eat. If you don’t know what vegetarians eat ask your guests ahead of time what they eat. First of all it helps to know what kind of vegetarian they are.The ovo-lacto vegetarian eats eggs and dairy, the ovo vegetarian eats eggs, but no dairy, the lacto vegetarian eats dairy, but no eggs, and the vegan doesn’t eat eggs or dairy. People who eat fish and no other meat are called pescatarians and are not vegetarians. Many people have been misinformed that fish is a vegetarian food, which it is not. You don’t want to be one of the people making this mistake. Finding out what kind of vegetarian your guest is is a big step towards figuring out what to make for them.
Ask your guests what dishes they like. This is good advice for guests who are not vegetarian also because it will assure that the guest will like what dish you make. Vegetarians are used to people asking what they eat so they often have dishes to suggest.
If your guest has no suggestions the internet is a great place to look for recipes. You can also find a section of vegetarian cookbooks at your local library or bookstore. Some vegetarian recipes call for hard to find ingredients that are not carried at the average grocery store and that may be foreign to you. If you are not used to cooking vegetarian foods stick to some of the easier recipes using common ingredients.
Don’t be intimidated by making vegetarian recipes. Vegetarians eat many of the same dishes people who eat meat enjoy, minus the meat. Vegetarians like spaghetti, macaroni, rice, beans, burgers (veggie burgers), sandwiches, pizza, and many other dishes you already make and enjoy. You can make these same dishes listed, but simply don’t add the meat. Is it that simple? Well almost. If using any mix, dip, spread, soup, or anything you didn’t make from scratch read the ingredients. Some cornbread muffin mixes and soups have meat in them and some dips and spreads may have dairy or eggs in them even though they may not taste like it.
With these tips you are ready to host a vegetarian for dinner. You are probably already a great cook so it won’t be hard to use these skills to make a vegetarian meal. Your vegetarian guest will probably be more than happy to help provide suggestions on great vegetarian dishes. But if you want to plan a meal by yourself you are now prepared to look online for easy recipes or just make one of your favorite dishes sans the meat. Start getting ready for that next party or get together.