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Things to Remember When Cooking for a Vegetarian

Many reasons may constitute an individuals choice for vegetarian cooking. It could be religion, health, or finances, but one thing is for sure; vegetarians all crave healthy foods that are still full of flavor.

If you are to cook for a vegetarian, there are some pointers you have to consider. Here’s the list:

1. Stop replacing meat-based recipes with veggie meats

It is a common misconception that vegetarians would rather have their typical meat-based recipes still cooked with veggie meat as the main ingredient instead of the red meat.

At some point, it doesn’t taste the same as the original recipe. It isn’t similar to having a vegetarian dish as either.

Experts say that this technique isn’t healthy or economical. Veggie meat is composed of soy, which is commonly high in fat and is a highly processed food. Plus, veggie meats are relatively more expensive compared to the usual red meats.

So when cooking for a vegetarian, it is either you cook a vegetable-based recipe or create a meal that still tastes good even without meat.

2. Identify the type of vegetarian your guest is

There are many sub-categories of vegetarians. Most people think that when people say vegetarian, they refer to those who plainly eat vegetables and nothing else. The truth is that there are still some vegetarians that eat meat, although not the usual red meat but chicken or fish.

There are also some vegetarians who don’t eat any meat at all but also don’t eat eggs, milk, or any products that aren’t plant-based.

Knowing this will help you decide the kinds of dishes you need to serve.

3. Be as varied as possible

When cooking for a vegetarian, it would be better if you use as many kinds of vegetables as you can. In this way, your guest will enjoy the taste of succulent combinations of different kinds of vegetables cooked in an appetizing way.

Having 2 or 3 kinds of vegetables in a dish might appear boring and bland.

4. Use oil

As meat substitutes for adding some flavor in your vegetable dishes, it is best that you use oil, whether low fat or regular. Try to use vegetable or olive oil when sautéing vegetables for added flavor.

You may also add sesame oil in your vegetable soup. The idea is to enhance the flavor of the dish without the meat.

All of these tips will help as you cook for a vegetarian.

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