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Vegetarian Living – Going to Parties

Say No to Meat cover 1.0The following is an excerpt from our book “Say No to Meat“, by Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose, published by Healthy Living Publications.  This book includes answers to all the questions you may have about becoming a vegetarian, and is invaluable to new and existing vegetarians alike!

What do you recommend when going out with friends or to parties?

Research beforehand and come prepared. When going out with friends to a restaurant, encourage them to choose a restaurant that you know has some veggie options you can choose. If you aren’t able to influence the choice of restaurant, it may help to look online beforehand to see from their menu what options are available to you. You may need to ask for something special to be made, if you can’t find a suitable menu item. Most chefs and restaurants don’t mind special orders, so it’s important to speak up. Another alternative is to eat beforehand, and just go along to enjoy the company.

Know before you go. At a catered dinner, ask beforehand if possible, whether the caterer has any vegetarian options. When going to a private party, it’s a good idea to mention to the host that you are vegetarian, so that they can cater for your needs if food is to be provided. Alternatively, you can just ask which dishes include meat when you arrive, so that you can be sure to avoid them, rather than putting your host to any special trouble.

Some people just need a little help. You may wish to offer to bring some food, so that you know you’ll have something to eat. At a barbecue, bring a package of veggie burgers or veggie hot dogs for the grill. A potluck is a great opportunity to show others how delicious vegetarian food can be, so it’s worth making a special effort to bring a particularly appetizing dish or two. You can pick something up from a natural foods deli section if you don’t wish to cook. Be sure to eat when you first arrive, since others may like your food so much they eat it all before you get any!

Vegetarian Dining Tips

Chinese vegetarian restaurantThese days, it’s getting easier and easier to eat wholesome vegetarian food in restaurants. Vegetarian restaurants obviously offer the most choices, but you’ll also find plenty of good vegetarian food at ethnic restaurants, such as Mexican, Italian, Indian, Chinese, and Thai restaurants, since many of their dishes are focused on vegetables, with beans, lentils, or tofu being the main protein source. Most other restaurants have something available for vegetarians, and even many standard American restaurants offer a veggie burger alternative to the ubiquitous hamburger these days.

Be bold! If nothing on the menu appears to be vegetarian, feel free to ask if something special could be made for you, using ingredients you can see they would have on hand. Many vegetarians have tried this with great success, and very often the chef has appreciated the challenge and the chance to be more creative.

Do your part for the next guy. The more people ask for vegetarian dishes, the more restaurants will recognize the need to offer them. For too long, many vegetarians have been timid in this regard, but the restaurant owners we know tell us they actually like receiving these requests because it gives them a better idea of what people really want.

This is an extract from our book, Say No to Meat: The 411 on Ditching Meat and Going Veg, by Amanda Strombom and Stewart Rose.