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Do You Make Separate Dishes For Vegetarians?

Recently I served grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeños at a party. Since my girlfriend Melissa — who's a vegetarian — was in attendance, I made some wrapped in basil instead of bacon. While I normally try to offer a meal that everyone can enjoy (without creating more work for myself!), this wasn't the first time I've made one dish for vegetarians and another for meat-eaters. How about you? Do you accommodate the vegetarians in your life?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
When I say rude, I mean how would you like it if you were invited to someones house, they knew you were Jewish, and every single dish had pork in it? (Religion is a choice, remember?) I'm not one of those people who expects to be catered to, but I would be insulted if I were invited somewhere to watch everyone else eat. When I'm invited to someones house, I usually offer to help out with the cooking or bring something of my own, but that shouldn't be reserved for just vegetarians, everyone should do that. :)
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
Oh, and before I was a vegetarian, I would always accommodate my guests, it's RUDE otherwise. It's SUPER easy to plan a side dish or two that omnis and veggies can eat. Also, many meals can be made with the meat on the side. I don't understand why some meat eaters freak out about it, EVERYONE eats vegetarian food (or at least I hope, you'd be severely constipated otherwise). Some side dishes include: mashed potatoes, salad (no meat or the meat on the side), green beans, fruit, rice, grilled veggies, stuff like that, foods that should already be incorporated into a meal.
danakscully64 danakscully64 8 years
I'm a vegetarian, as is my boyfriend, I ONLY cook vegetarian meals :) "I even had vegetarians try (and love) the thanksgiving turkey. " -So... you had meat eaters eat the turkey and like it?
Curious-Alice Curious-Alice 8 years
A person may also be a vegetarian or not ingest specific kinds of foods for religious reasons, and that is something to be sensitive about. Personally, if I'm inviting others to dine with me, ultimately I want everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves, which may be difficult to do when they're trying to root through a salad to avoid pieces of bacon. A buffet style set up of dishes not only provides variety, but it's eye-catching and allows everyone, not just vegetarians, to choose their dining options.
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Personally when I cook meals, I make enough of a variety normally that cooking something extra or special isn't really needed.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
allergies and vegetarianism isn't the same thing it's a choice to be a vegetarian
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
where is the option for NO-if they want a vegetarian dish they should bring their own. I am not a caterer.
CriticalHit CriticalHit 8 years
I'm kinda surprised by the people who sound resentful of the dietary restrictions of others. I think it's simply courteous to offer alternatives for people who have allergies or are vegetarian/vegan.
hillamaria hillamaria 8 years
I also like to eat more vegetarian food these days, so of course I'll try my best to do something for them too. It requires a bit of work but it's not too much. My friends also have some allergies that I have to take into concentration, and its only fair to do the same with vegetarians.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
i agree HaterTot. i wouldn't make special meals. luckily there are none in my life.
Vampyre Vampyre 8 years
I am vegetarian, so yeah, I always make separate meals for fellow vegetarians, or anybody else that may have an issue with certain foods.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 8 years
Usually if a friend, who happens to not eat meat comes over, we have a tofu or eggplant based meal. We love meat, but we also love tofu and eggplant. I don't eat pork so appreciate it when hosts are accomadating.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
I make vegetarian options in anticipation of vegetarians I don't know about coming over or eating at a party I'm cooking for. Often times, the vegetarian option goes to waste. I even had vegetarians try (and love) the thanksgiving turkey.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I try to make something easy like a veggie lasagna and a meat lasagna and a salad so people can try it all and the veggie does not feel left out.
Marci Marci 8 years
I accommodate any guests dietary restrictions. Unfortunately, no one does it for me. I always carry food with me now, even to go to family parties, where there's not a single thing for me to eat most of the time; and those are people who are well aware of my food allergies. I've come to realize that most people simply don't care.
Food Food 8 years
When a vegetarian is over, I make a primarily vegetarian meal, but then throw in a meat dish for everyone else.
komler komler 8 years
As long as I know about it - there is no extra trouble to not add meat to salads and whatever. I probably wouldn't make a dish for scratch though. Although, for a BBQ I'm hosting, I've just said that it will be potluck - everybody should bring whatever they'd like to eat and drink. It's something we've done when we've gathered together as a group - all of us are students - shared expenses, and it usually also means that you can get a taste of something you wouldn't necessarily make yourself. If I was doing all the cooking, I'd probably make some salads, potato salad, have meat to bbq, but also have some corn cobs and other veggies to put on the bbq...
HaterTot HaterTot 8 years
Where's the choice for "No, I don't accommodate vegetarians?" I make what I'm making; if you're a vegetarian, then you need to figure something out, but I'm not altering my menu for you, just as I wouldn't for any other picky eater.
SillyGirl SillyGirl 8 years
I am a veg - and as long as their are other options available I dont mind if people serve meat as a main dish. Last night I went to a catered meeting where the salad had bacon all mixed in, one pasta had chicken mixed in and the other beef. How easy it would have been for that person to just at least make the salad veggie. My only option to eat was chocolate cake. I dont mind eating sides as long as they are somewhat filling. I get enough protein on my own that I can skip it for one meal.
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
My close friend is a vegetarian and I make veggie dishes for her when she comes over. And they have great meatless bacon that you could have wrapped the Jalapenos
laellavita laellavita 8 years
I am a vegetarian, but if we throw a party, I let somebody else tackle the meat platters and I take care of everything else.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
my sister is a vegetarian and i live with her, so usually if we do meals together they're meat-free
weffie weffie 8 years
once in a while i'll make a meat add-on for my roomies to go with an otherwise-veggie meal, but usually if i'm doing the cooking i make it veggie and they add the meat if they wanna go to the trouble (they usually don't haha). when i'm visiting, though, i always offer to bring along a veggie side to share with everyone (or bring veggie burgers if we're bbq-ing) so they don't have to worry about accommodating me.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
It's just more work to make two things, so it's easier to go all veggie.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
My whole family is vegetarian, so I'm used to it. And my BF and I have recently restricted our meat intake to only two meals per week, so now I'm the one making people accommodate me. To prevent that I usually don't eat meat at all during the week so that friends won't have to make exceptions for me when we hang out on the weekends.
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