Why my Family are Vegetarians

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I am frequently asked why I am a vegetarian, why my husband is vegetarian, why we choose to raise our children vegetarian, in short, Why my Family are Vegetarians.  Everyone is curious,  but there are so many different reasons to be vegetarian.  No two people are alike, in fact my husband and I have different reasons to be vegetarians.

When I met my husband he was actually a vegan.  Vegans eat no meat, cheese, eggs, honey, fish, or anything that has been derived from animals or touched them.  But, I am a regular vegetarian (no meat, fish, or anything that has been derived from them or touched them).  It was amazing to date someone whose food preferences ran the same way as mine.  We went on dates to vegetarian restaurants, of which Montreal has TONS of amazing ones (I miss them so much!).  It was amazing to never have issues with food!  We could always eat together, share food, and not worry about kissing afterwards because someone had eaten meat.  It was a dream come true for me to learn about this whole new world of relationships.

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How did I become a vegetarian?

Backing up a bit, I am a vegetarian, but my family growing up were full-fledged meat eaters.  My sister is a bacon lover and my dad goes on the Atkins’s diet every Winter.  My family is in short, a normal meat-eating family, and they have been my whole life.  But not me.

I never really liked the taste or texture of meat since I was little.  As toddlers my sister and I used to swap, I would get her buns, she would get my hamburger or hot dogs.  Shortly after I had a conversation with my mom over a hamburger.   I asked her what I was eating, hamburger she told me, yes but what is hamburger made of I asked.  Cow, she replied.  After a minor freak out of disgust that I was eating a cow, I pushed my plate away with a YUCK.   My mom quickly looked at my little sister to see what her reaction was, “Can I have some more cow mom”, no problems there!

At five I stopped all meat but cows, by 12 I stopped eating that too.  So in short, I thought it was disgusting to eat an animal and the texture and flavour repulsed me.  Although I am not vegan, I also do not like leather, and I don’t eat gelatin.

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Raising a Vegetarian Family

Now my husband is a very different story.  He became a vegan because of ethical reasons, he didn’t like the cruelty animals face being raised for slaughter, even the cruelty dairy cows and chickens laying eggs face as well.  I try not to dwell on those facts too much as they bother me too.  Killing an animal for food is a fact of life for many, but for us, it’s literally eating a dead animal, I can’t differentiate the meat from the source.  Road kill, fish washed up on the shore, none of it makes sense to me and I couldn’t eat them either.  It’s all the same grossness to me.




Since we obviously do not eat meat, my house is vegetarian.  We don’t cook meat, we may serve take-out pizza with meat on it to guests, and my dog was allowed to have her meat kibble, but largely our house is a full meat-free zone.  I have no issues when we go out to dinner if people eat meat near me, I am not going to judge you or lecture you, to each their own and that’s just not my thing.  Just as being a vegetarian may not be for other people, meat isn’t for us.  But my dishes and cookware will remain vegetarian only.

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What to say to children?

Teaching children what to say is hard.  On the one hand we have to keep it basic for a two and four-year-old to understand, we also have to be firm in why we are vegetarians so they understand and learn to say no.  For now we talk about eating dead animals and how animals are our friends so we don’t want to eat them.  I have a few books we read with them about being a vegetarian, which are really cute.

My four-year-old is great at asking people if there is meat in her food before she eats.  This is big now as she starts to go to birthday parties and not be with me all the time.  It’s a little scary for me to think that someone could feed her meat, but I hope with what we teach her we give her the tools she needs to look out for her own diet as she gets older.

If you want to find some vegetarian books for kids I recommend these two below:

  • Herb the Vegetarian Dragon
  • Linus the T-rex

In short there are four reasons people can be vegetarian:

  1. They do not like the taste or texture of meat
  2. Eating animals is gross
  3. Animal cruelty
  4. Health reasons

 

Are you a vegetarian?  Please share below why you are a vegetarian.  Do you fall in one of the four categories?  If you are a meat-eater, did you learn anything new?  Did you know there were so many different reasons to be a vegetarian?

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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

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Kayaking in Costa Rica

 

I love trying out breakfasts in different countries.   It’s nice to have something more filling than toast, cereal, or oatmeal.   As a vegetarian we need to have protein, especially when we will be going all day. One of my favourites was Vegetarian Gallo Pinto, which I had with my dad in the morning for breakfasts in Costa Rica.  My dad and I went on kayaking trips together and when you spend 4-8 hours a day paddling on a river you NEED to have a good breakfast to give you the energy to tackle the day.

 

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Perfect breakfast for traveling!

Kayak Surfing in Costa Rica

 

This is a super easy breakfast to make, it is even delicious for lunches and dinners.  It requires mostly ingredients you probably already have on hand. For non-meat eaters protein is always a consideration so luckily Vegetarian Gallo Pinto has lots of protein for anyone to eat.  My kids also loved eating this from a very early age as it is baby and toddler friendly.

 

 

 

 

 

What’s your favourite breakfast memory from your travels?  Where were you and what was it?

 

 

 

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Where to start:

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Vegetarian Gallo Pinto

Recipe Type: Vegetarian

Cuisine: Costa Rican

Author: Hil

Ingredients

  • Diced Onion
  • Finely Diced Jalapeno (or regular pepper)
  • Olive Oil
  • Cooked Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Poached Eggs
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Set your rice to cook (microwave or stove depending on your preference).
  2. Boil water for poaching your eggs.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large pan (even as large as a stir fry pan or wok). Cook olive oil until translucent, add jalapeno to cook for another 3 minutes. Add black beans and cook for another five minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Once rice is cooked add to the bean mixture. Cook for a few more minutes and stir well to combine.
  5. When water is boiling poach eggs (usually 2-3 minutes in boiling water for me).
  6. For serving, add a scoop of rice and beans mixture to each plate, sprinkle some shredded cheese on top and finish with a poached egg.
  7. Voila! Enjoy your amazingly filling Costa Rican breakfast!

 

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Scottish Breakfast

In celebration of Robbie Burns Day I wanted to do a post in celebration of Scotland, and my favourite meal, Scottish Breakfast.  I’m a few months late, but still wanted to share anyway.  My hubby and I went to Scotland for our honeymoon and stayed predominantly in Bed & Breakfasts, we were pleasantly surprised at their Scottish Breakfasts every morning, as vegetarians it is not always easy to find food but everyday we had an AMAZING breakfast, full of protein and delicious. Scottish Breakfast has become a staple in our house, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  My kids eat it and love it, my hubby demolishes it, and there are never leftovers.

Scotland will always have a special place in our heart, it is a magical country, from visiting the ruins of castles (by traipsing through sheep fields), to visiting standing stone circles, and my husband’s favourite, distillery tours and sampling all the amazing scotch.  Enjoying this breakfast brings back memories of a simpler time, before kids, when it was just the two of us and we were so in love on or honeymoon, and all we had to worry about was delicious food, where we were hiking to that day, and attempting to drive on the wrong side of the road without being squashed by a truck or running over a sheep.

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Robbie Burns is a Scottish poet.  Robbie Burns suppers are popular everywhere, usually celebrated with haggis, cheese plates, soup, and lots of scotch, maybe some Highland Dancing and bagpipe music.  The bringing in of the haggis is a solemn and very serious event at a Burns day supper, there is a address to the haggis and pomp and ceremony bringing it in.  They recite Robbie Burn’s poetry, graces, and general merriment.  Robbie Burns supper celebrations have been held on or around his birthday since five years after his death, starting in 1803.

Here is an easy way to celebrate Robbie Burns day in your house with a delicious Scottish Breakfast full of protein and vegetarian friendly for dinner, lunch, or the typical breakfast.

Scottish Breakfast
 
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Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Scottish
Ingredients
  • Baked Beans
  • Hashbrowns
  • baked tomatoes
  • fried mushrooms
  • fried egg
Instructions
  1. Pretty much however is your easiest way to make it, I go the easy way and buy the frozen hash browns, cans of vegetarian baked beans in tomato sauce, then bake the tomatoes in the oven with some salt and pepper, fry the mushrooms, and lastly a fried egg. Assemble it all on a plate and serve with ketchup, watch your family demolish their favourites and savour the fact that they ate so many vegetables and protein in one meal and it didn't even take a lot of effort!

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Chickpea & “Ground Round” Taco’s

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As a vegetarian I have always loved Mexican food.  I discovered Chickpea & “Ground Round” Taco’s as a way to get more protein into my kids and also help us adults not be hungry an hour later. It is so easy to make vegetarian and lot of protein options mean it is filling for longer and healthier.  Taco’s in particular are great since you can customize them to your specific tastes meaning it is likely to please everyone come meal time.  And the best part of it, usually not a lot of effort!  You need fresh ingredients, but otherwise it is a quick dinner. My kids love chickpeas so this recipe of Chickpea & “ground round” Taco’s is a great way to get them gobbling up chickpeas.

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Need an easy family dinner?

I am not going to lie, the first time I made this for my kids my three-and-a-half year old daughter cried, “I don’t like my chickpeas cooked”, “It looks yucky”, “I don’t want to eat it”, well we are firm believers in the one bite rule, and I don’t make extra meals so she eats or she goes hungry.  After pointing out that it had all her favourite ingredients in it she decided to give it a try, both she and my almost two-year-old son ate TWO WHOLE TACO’s!!!  Craziness!  I can’t believe they both ate that much, so even with the apprehension, it was a success and I think I will be adding it to my family’s meal roster.  But, I need two packs of taco’s for my family, if my kids each eat two that leaves three each for my hubby and me and he is a big guy and tends to skip lunch at work since he is so busy so he needs a bigger dinner, and three taco’s just won’t cut it!

Ingredients Needed:

Ingredients needed for Veggie chick pea & ground round tacos

Chickpea & "Ground Round" Taco's
 
Author:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • Can of chick peas
  • Pack of veggie ground round (I use Yves)
  • Diced onion
  • Taco seasoning
  • Salsa
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Diced avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Green onions
  • Taco Shells
  • Hot sauce (if desired)
  • Taco sauce (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Fry the diced onion in oil until translucent (a few minutes), then add the ground round, breaking it up with a spatula. Next add the chick peas and taco seasoning. Cook until soft. Add in salsa if desired.
  2. To serve put everything out in bowls and let people go nuts filling their tacos.
  3. For kids, I find it easier to mix it all in a small bowl and load their taco already mixed. Tastes good that way for adults too!

How to cook veggie ground round

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Try me out in leftovers!

It also takes great as leftovers!!  I made a dip with it, mixed in avocado’s, sour cream and cheese, mix it together and my daughter and I DEMOLISHED it during nap time/snack time.

 

How many taco’s do you normally eat in a taco night?  What are your favourite ingredients to include in it?  Do you do meatless Mondays?  Comment below!

 

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Green Onion & Mango Noodles

Green Onion & Mango Noodles - A yummy combination of green onions, mango, noodles, and sweet chili sauce, optional fried tofu is a great addition for a simple yet delicious dinner!

I love Asian food!  Noodles, sesame oil, soy sauce, I love it all.   I really enjoy making different noodle dishes to try out.

Mango & green oinion noodles ingredients

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Green onion and mango noodles
 
Author:
Cuisine: Asian
Ingredients
  • 1¼ c of veggie broth (or I veggie stock pouch and 1.5 c of boiling water)
  • 2 tbsp. garlic
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 3 tbso Sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Rice Noodles
  • 1 Mango
  • 2-4 Green Onions
  • Optional: Fried Tofu
Instructions
  1. Boil water to cook the rice noodles.
  2. Cut up the green onion and mango.
  3. In a stir fry pan add ¾ c of broth, garlic, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
  4. When it comes to a boil reduce heat and add green onions, sesame oil, and sweet chili sauce.
  5. Let it simmer while the rice noodles cook, as they are cooked use tongs and add them to the stir fry pan. Stir well to incorporate. Add mangos and stir well again.
  6. To add more protein to the dish cut up some tofu cubes and pan fry them. Add them to the noodles after incorporated with the sauce.
  7. Serve.

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This is a hit at my house.  The kids love noodles and mangos so this went over well for us.

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Toddler Friendly Avocado Pasta

Toddler Friendly Avocado Pasta - This easy toddler friendly avocado pasta is a big hit in my house! Easy to make, use what you have on hand, and get the kids involved to help!

My kids love avocados!  Being vegetarian we try to add protein into regular foods, and everyone knows how much kids LOVE pasta.  This is a big favourite in my house.  Super easy to make and really quick.  I can make the sauce as the pasta cooks and everyone demolishes it.  My three-year-old even helps me make the sauce, she can scoop avocado, and help measure ingredients.

Avocado pasta ingredients

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Toddler Friendly Avocado Pasta
 
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Ingredients
  • 1-2 Avocados
  • ½ c plain greek yogurt
  • fresh basil (a few leaves from your garden if you have any)
  • 1 tbsp. hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp. sliced almonds
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • optional: 1-2 c spinach leaves
  • Cooked pasta
Instructions
  1. While water is boiling and pasta is cooking you can assemble the following in a food processor or blender.
  2. Scoop out the pulp from one or two avocado's into food processor. If you have any spinach add that in now, it is not essential but gives it extra iron and nutrients. Add in greek yogurt, hemp hearts, basil, almonds, olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste.

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I love to get my daughter involved in cooking as much as possible.  My daughter loves picking herbs in the garden, then helping to measure out the ingredients and push the button on the food processor. Everyone eats this dinner!

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What is your favourite go-to dinner with your family?  Do your kids like to help in the kitchen.

 

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Toddler Friendly Avocado Pasta - This easy toddler friendly avocado pasta is a big hit in my house! Easy to make, use what you have on hand, and get the kids involved to help!

Beet Hummus and Goat Cheese Ravioli

I love wontons!  When I learned you can make ravioli with wontons’s I was ecstatic!  I love experimenting and trying out different recipes with wontons.  This is my laterst creation, a mix of protein, vegetables, and awesome cheese.

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Beet Hummus and Goat Cheese Ravioli
 
Author:
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Ingredients
  • Beets (roasted or canned)
  • Goat Cheese
  • Chick Peas (canned or cooked)
  • Wontons
  • Tahini
  • Maple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. First I added all the beets into the food processor. With it I added a can of chick peas, 1 tbsp. tahini, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tsp minced garlic, and salt & pepper. I put the food processor on and processed until smooth, adding some water as needed to get it smooth. Then I added a package of goat cheese and pulsed some more.
  2. Once the mixture is smooth I started putting it in wontons. How you put it in the wonton is a personal preference, as is cooking it.
  3. My favourite way is more like a pot sticker, so wrapping it like a package makes it the most durable. A little filling in the middle, wet the edges, then fold all four sides in.
  4. If you like to bake it, then a triangle is a nice way to fold it. A little in the middle spread it around one diagonal half but not to the edge, wet the edge, fold diagonal and press down to form a triangle. I found you could bake it for 8-10 minutes at 350 if you liked it crispy.
  5. I prefer a little soft and prefer the pot sticker way. I like to pan fry it for a few minutes and get it crispy on the edges, then add about ¼ cup of water and put on a lid. Let the water all soak up.
  6. They are so delicious! Even my toddlers ate it!

 

I love how easy this is to make.  The biggest time consumer is filling the wontons.  My preschooler even helped to pour ingredients and scoop filling into the wontons.  It is an easy dish to have kids help with, my daughter loves chickpeas and hummus so she was only too happy to help sample!

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Book Review – The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

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The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide

by Lauren Wilson, Kristian Bauthus

Genre – Cookbook
Version for Review – Kindle/ PDF

I found this book really entertaining.  My husband is a “prepper” (see below for his posts on how to get prepared for an emergency), not necessarily for the Zombie Apocalypse, more for anything that could happen, fire, earthquakes, global warming, terrorists, the plague, etc.  We love watching the Walking Dead, and I love disaster movies (Armageddon and The Day After Tomorrow are among my favourites) so this book is right up our alley.

I loved how the authors incorporated humour into the book.  It was a fun read, made me laugh a lot, and I actually did learn some new things.

“If you are reading this, it means that you are one of the few people on this planet being proactive about zombie-apocalypse preparedness. Good for you. Or, if you have acquired or found this book during the apocalypse, congratulations on still being alive.”

This is primarily a guide for food, how to find it, how to cook it, what is edible, what is essential to your survival etc.

I love the Zombie/Apocalypse themed names of the dishes they created.  Among them these are some of my favourites: Guerrilla Gardening, THE WOk-InG DEAD STir-fry, PREPPER’S PIZZA and APOCALyPSE nOWnIES.

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The author goes into a lot of details on edible plants in North America  and provides some recipes for common plants to use with them.  This would be especially useful if you needed to rely on nature and your gathering skills to feed yourself.  They even advocate chamomile tea after a long day of brain bashing to help your anxiety and stress!

There are some descriptions on edible bugs as well, but being a vegetarian that is not for me.  Also information on hunting game, what to make and other things meat-eaters need to know to feed themselves.  Being a vegetarian, I fully expect to die of starvation or be eaten by my companions first.

They go into more details on how to make a compost, what plants are best and easiest to grow, and how to acquire seeds to grow said food.  After growing it they discuss how to ferment, can, and even make jam with it.

Overall it is a fun little guide with a mix of humour and genuine useful information and recipes to help aid your survival.  If you are looking for a book for a prepper then they will enjoy this one for sure.  If my husband actually read print books I would totally buy him this, alas, he only read things on his tablet, phone, or laptop!

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If you are interested in prepping for the zombie Apocalypse, or doomsday, the end of the world, ice storm, aliens, or whatever it is, check out these posts on how to prepare your family for any kind of emergency by my awesome husband Thor.

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What are you doing to prepare for an emergency or apocalypse?  Please comment below.

What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner

So you have invited a vegetarian over for dinner.  How sweet of you to include them and volunteer to feed them something with no meat and fish in it.  Cue the panic setting in.  What the heck do I feed this person?  I don’t know what to give them that is vegetarian!  Don’t panic, I have some easy ideas you can incorporate into your holiday table with little to no extra work from you.

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One important thing to know:  are they vegetarian or vegan?  Vegetarian is no meat or fish (or by products) but vegan’s are also no dairy, no butter, no honey, no eggs, big difference between the two.  Ask up front what they do and do not eat to make it easier on you for planning.

First up, vegetarian doesn’t mean it has to be something really weird, we eat normal food too!  The key thing is protein, that is really important to serve a vegetarian, otherwise they will not get full and still be super hungry.   I’ll touch more on this below.

What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner - If you are hosting a vegetarian for dinner here are some great ideas on meals and tips to make things easier.

Easy sides you can have at your Holiday meal that everyone can enjoy:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roasted sweet potatoes
  • Squash
  • Asperagus
  • Corn
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Sweet potato pie
  • Peas
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Stuffed Squash (Recipe down below for this awesome dish).
A plate of great SIDES, I was starving an hour after eating this as there is no protein on it.

A plate of great SIDES, I was starving an hour after eating this as there is no protein on it.

One thing to note:  read the ingredients on everything before you serve it to a vegetarian.  Although it might seem like it contains no meat, it may.  For example, Vegetable soup usually has a beef broth base, which obviously is not vegetarian.   Look for beef and/or chicken stock, bacon, anchovies, etc. in everything before you serve it to a vegetarian.  Lard is in a lot of pastry, so if you are serving pie or anything like that make sure you check the ingredients and use vegetable shortening instead of lard.

For the protein, this is really important to serve.  Give me a plate or two of the above mentioned veggies, awesome I will appreciate it and it will be delicious, BUT I will be starving in an hour unless I have something more substantial with protein.  Things you can serve with protein:

  • Lentil soup
  • Tofurkey (I have a easy recipe below you can make in the crock pot so it doesn’t clog up the actual turkey’s precious oven space).
  • Veggie stuffing (containing eggs and cheese).
  • Anything with beans, chick peas, tofu, soy, etc. in it.

tofurky-feast2428003_jpg_thumb_420_420_marginIf all this is out of your comfort zone you can buy some pre-packaged stuff at the grocery store (fake chicken breasts, fake meat balls, vegetarian roasts) and just pop them in the oven.  Check out the specialty section or ask an employee, even Wal-Mart carries veggie meat alternatives.  Even scrambled eggs are extra protein and appreciated.

150886You can buy packaged mushroom or onion 136603gravy (in can or envelope format where you add water) and it is super easy to make for vegetarians and a great treat to have on the table, again check ingredients to ensure it is in fact vegetarian.

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Other things to note if a vegetarian is around:

  • We get really grossed out if our food so much as touches meat, so that means, make sure you use separate utensils for cooking meat and vegetables, have a separate spatula, wooden spoon etc.
  • If BBQing have a designated veggie side (try to clean it of the meat as well as you can) and use a separate spatula to the meat.
  • Same goes for serving utensils, make sure there are separate serving utensils for the meat and the vegetarian items.
  • Do NOT combine vegetarian food and meat-containing food on the same plate.  Yuck.  I will not touch that food if it has touched meat.
  • As the host you want to ensure that your vegetarian guest actually eats, so it is great if you pay attention to other guests and ensure that the vegetarian gets their pick of vegetables first before they are all gone, take care that other guests are not mixing up the meat and vegetarian serving utensils, and not serving meat OVER the vegetarian dishes, thus dropping meat juice all over the vegetable stuff (had this happen to me too).

It can be really easy to host a vegetarian and not a lot of extra work if you plan and serve them enough of the right kinds of food.  My whole family (husband, toddler, and baby/almost toddler) are vegetarian and we do not eat at other people’s house a lot because we hate to impose on other people.  We sincerely appreciate it when someone does go out of their way to host us and feed us though and since it is almost Christmas I thought a few tips would be handy for anyone going out on a limb and hosting a vegetarian too.

Here are a few recipes to make for vegetarians:

Baked Acorn Squash STUFFING - Dress up your holiday table with this delicious Baked Acorn Squash Stuffing, perfect for any vegetarian and super easy to make.Crockpot Tofurkey- Tofurkey is a great meat-alternative to a roast or turkey, perfect for a holiday dinner, or just a special weekday meal. Making it in the crockpot means it is even less work so you don't have to worry about it throughout the day.Vegetarian Stuffing - TW1

For those vegetarians reading this, any other tips I missed?  What are your favourite dishes to have at holiday meals?  Has anyone gone out of their way for you while hosting to accommodate you?  Please comment below and let me know.

Are any of you hosting a vegetarian this season?  Any tips of your own from the meat-eaters perspective?  Please share below.

What to Serve a Vegetarian at Christmas Dinner - If you are hosting a vegetarian for dinner here are some great ideas on meals and tips to make things easier.

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Cookbook Review – New Southern Table by Whitney Miller

New Southern Table

New Southern Table

Whitney Miller

Genre – Cookbook
Version for Review – Hard Cover

I was so excited to review this book.  I am a BIG Whitney fan, I followed her all through Master Chef and was rooting fom her during auditions.  I was so glad she won.  I have her first cookbook and could not wait to see this one.

I find I like this cookbook I like a lot better than the first, but perhaps that is because there are more gluten-free and vegetarian recipes in there so it is more applicable to me and my lifestyle.

IMG_5133I have already tried making some of the recipes, the Spinach pesto with pasta was a big hit for the whole family.

As a vegetarian I always love to see vegetarian recipes in a cookbook.  I used to buy vegetarian cookbooks, but honestly they were all the same dishes, lasagna, pasta, lentil soup, stuffed peppers, pizza, I like easy yet more exciting recipes than that.

There is a great recipe for tomato gravy, and a variation of eggs benedict with it and I cannot wait to make it.  I have never heard of Coffee Milk Tea and I think I am going to make it this morning to try it out.  Cane sugar is not as common here but I already went out to buy it so I can make some of the recipes with it.

Being a vegetarian household with one gluten-free and one lactose-intolerant member, not to n a picky toddler and baby,  food can be interesting to make.  The Sweet Potato Cornbread looks amazing and everyone could eat it.

The recipe  am most excited to make is the Vegan Mushroom “Meatloaf” I have never seen another cookbook with a meatless substitute like this.  Now to find some time so I can make this as I am eager to try it all out.

I have a dinner party menu all planned out! Starting with  the Mississippi Cheese Board for an appetizer, then the Roasted Brussels sprouts, Acorn Squash Soufflé and Vegan Mushroom Meatloaf,  for dessert a Gluten-free Bread Pudding, I cannot wait to try it out.

I am not a meat eater, so cannot go into details about those recipes.  They looked good though!

I would for sure recommend this book, even to other vegetarians as there are some unique dishes in here to make.

Stay posted and I will do another post later on with my notes on her awesome recipiees.

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