We’ve mentioned in previous blogs about how the rate of veganism, which is those people who don’t eat any forms of animal products, is increasing. While this movement seems to be good for people’s health and the environment, it can make for some difficult dinner parties, and awkward moments at the table.
Luckily, there are plenty of meals that will satisfy everyone at your dinner table, no matter their dietary restrictions. Here are 4 perfect meals for vegans, vegetarians, and everyone else.
Vegan Garlic Alfredo
Typically the only things that aren’t vegan in garlic alfredo are butter and cheese. The good news is, both of those ingredients can be replaced pretty easily, without sacrificing much (if anything) in regards to taste.
Butter can typically be replaced with olive oil, while dairy cheese can be replaced by a wide variety of cheese replacements, from cashew cheese to tofu-based cheese. Your non-vegan guests won’t even realize the changes, and your vegan guests will greatly appreciate your effort and thoughtfulness.
Meat Replacement Burgers
If you’re trying to keep things relatively general for your guests, the new meat replacement brands truly do blend the line between meat and meat-replacements. The two companies that have exploded onto the scene are Beyond Burgers and Impossible Burgers.
The burgers developed by these companies are meant to replicate meat as closely as possible. As a result, you can please both vegans and non-vegans. You can also add some variety by offering toppings that are both vegan and non-vegan, this way each individual person can customize their meal to fit their preferences.
Similarly to the garlic alfredo, lasagna can be replicated quite closely by using alternative products in place of the animal based products. The main ingredients that will need to be subsistuted here are cheese and meat.
The cheese replacements can be found at many grocery stores across the country, though Whole Foods is almost always your best bet. When it comes to replacing the meat, the chef will have more options. From ground up Beyond-meat, to vegan meat crumbles, there are plenty of tasty options. It may be a good idea to try the replacement meat by itself before adding it into the meal to ensure taste quality.
While some people can be scared off by the term “vegan,” it’s easier than one may think to blur the line between vegan and animal-based. By using the meal ideas in this blog, you’ll be sure to keep all of your dinner guests happy, no matter their dietary preferences.Tags: Cooking for vegans, Cruelty-Free Food, Food for everyone, Vegan food, Vegans and non vegans, Vegetarian Food