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I Served My Vegetarian Friends a Dish That I Made With Chicken Broth!

Sunday Confessional: I Served My Vegetarian Friends a Dish That I Made With Chicken Broth!

This week's confessional comes from our anonymous Confession Booth group in the TrèsSugar Community. Feel free to weigh in with your advice in the comments.

The other night I had a cocktail party and I was making a dish that I planned on serving to a bunch of vegetarians and pescaterians. I was in the middle of the recipe when I realized that it called for vegetable broth. Normally I keep my pantry stocked with beef, chicken, and vegetable broth, but when I went to grab the veggie broth all I could find was beef and chicken!

Since the recipe called for it at that moment, I did not have time to stop the dish in the middle of cooking, go to the store, and buy vegetable broth. Before I even realized what I was doing I added the chicken broth. Later, at the party, I told everyone it was vegetarian friendly. I feel HORRIBLE about this, but I was in a pinch. Can I be forgiven?


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0jello0 0jello0 6 years
Ya. that pretty much seems fine.
tjhairball tjhairball 6 years
What ohhaiamberoo and HeavnsGirl said is quite true. In fact, it's quite possible that some of your friends felt sick afterwards. They may not have told you about it. I've been over to someone's house for dinner as a long-time vegetarian and had them unintentionally slip one over on me. I was throwing up in the toilet about a half hour after I got home. Even if nobody felt sick to their stomach afterwards, you were dishonest and disrespectful to lie to your friends about what you were feeding to them. It's one thing to screw up; it's another entirely to lie to cover up the fact that you screwed up.
SeriouslyThough SeriouslyThough 6 years
Don't tell but try to do better in the future. (:
HeavnsGirl HeavnsGirl 6 years
You should be ashamed of yourself for lying - you could have made someone very sick
HeavnsGirl HeavnsGirl 6 years
You should be ashamed of yourself for lying - you could have made someone very sick.
KayteKat182 KayteKat182 6 years
No one got hurt, it's forgiven and done. One reason I was taught about animals is that they get over populated and die with diseases very quickly. My uncle is a butcher, he said it's very quick for the animal to. I'm christian but animals aren't killed for a reason. It's the life cycle. How I feel is, you can't tell a bird not to eat a worm. :) But I have so much props for people who are vegitatians :)
ohhaiamberoo ohhaiamberoo 6 years
Just don't tell them, you can be forgiven. Learn to check everything before you cook and you'll be okay. But be careful! Depending on the person, the tiniest little bit of animal can make them sick since their stomachs don't have the fat to digest it anymore. So just be cautious when doing that! Chicken broth does have animal fat or some kind of animal part. I'm vegetarian and some things can get me really sick. So be careful! But you're forgiven for an innocent mistake :).
BriannaLovesKaty BriannaLovesKaty 6 years
lol ! .. Sorry v_v
shly shly 7 years
I'm curious as to where you guys are finding all these militant vegetarians. Or are you just blindly assuming that all vegetarians sit around scheming against your precious meat-eating lifestyle? Not all vegetarians sit around wondering how to piss off those who choose to eat meat. I've actually found that in the people I know, it's quite the opposite. I've never criticized a person for choosing to eat meat... but all I ever hear from people who do eat meat is instant criticism. I personally don't eat meat and have no qualms with anyone who chooses to eat meat. Live your own life and don't force your opinions on everyone else. With that said, I still find it disrespectful to knowingly serve them a meat product. I personally would forgive you, but I also would rather not even know about it. It's clear that you had no bad intentions when serving them the dish. It's admirable that you put the time and effort into making them the meal. Nobody's perfect. What they don't know won't hurt them.
Skeptic52 Skeptic52 7 years
I'm vegan, and I HATE making people go out of their way for me. I avoid it whenever I can. I'll read menus at home before I go somewhere just so that I don't have to inconvenience people. My husband worked in restaurants in college, so I know how crappy it can be for them. I know stuff slips in here and there. I'm not stupid. But, I KNOW when I taste chicken broth. If they're actually vegetarians, they'd know, too. Honestly. I went to a sushi place one time with friends, and they have tons of veggie sushi. I ordered a soup that was labled "tofu" something or other, thinking it would be meat-free. But, it was made with chicken broth, and I could taste it right away and just stopped eating it and set it aside. Really, I wouldn't beat yourself up about it. They HAD to have tasted it. It's very distinct, especially when that's not in your diet. I wouldn't talk about it after that, though. I wouldn't want to know if I'd eaten some meat after the fact. What's the point? Just to feel bad about it? It's not like you fed peanuts to someone with an allergy. Clearly you're not proud of it. If you did it just to screw with them, I'd be offended. But, i don't think you did. Just don't do it again.
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I agree with Dikkie Kaus I know farmers and it's defiantly not an easy job. I think to the OP let bygones be bygones.
jill10014 jill10014 7 years
As a vegetarian - I would be pretty angry if a "friend" knowingly served me something made with a meat based broth. I can empathize your situation about being in a bind, however you should have properly planned the meal and not risked getting any of the vegetarians sick.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
Anon 104 - You hit the nail on the head about customers at a restaurant. I was a server for 3 years (fast food worker for 4) and have a lot of friends who served as well. The vegetarian customers were typically the easiest and nicest (I was educated on the menu, that helped). I used to get picky meat eaters on a daily basis. "Can I get my burger well done, cheddar instead, no mayo, mustard instead, extra pickles, no tomato, salad, no croutons, half ranch and half italian on the side, add avocado, etc etc." I think it's terrible to generalize vegetarians at a restaurant, especially when you don't have years of serving experience. Picky people are picky people, period. When I told my friends about this generalization, even my meat eating server friends laughed and said it was ridiculous.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
@ Anon 103: You're paying someone to treat the animal the way they do. If you don't agree with it, don't give them your money. Go down to a local farm and see how the animals are cared for. If you agree with their practices, buy from them. We will never agree that animals are made for eating, that's a really sad thought. As someone who believes in God, I don't think God would have made animals feel pain if they were meant to be eaten. I also don't think he would have made them high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Animal protein has been directly linked to heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, kidney disease, and other serious illnesses. The meat industry is also destroying the environment. If you eat meat, you're directly supporting this. I'm not trying to turn everyone veggie, but I expect people to KNOW the facts before they make their decision.
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