TIPS FOR FEEDING VEGETARIANS

    BE FLEXIBLE WITH SIDES
    Many side dishes you make can be easily made vegetarian, with little
    difference in taste. For example, you can substitute vegetable broth for
    chicken broth, or simply leave the meat or meat drippings out of
    vegetables and soups. This will also cut down on the fat content.

    MAKE SPECIAL VERSIONS
    It's usually not too much trouble to divide portions of some dishes,
    making one of them meatless. My father used to make me special
    baked beans, cornbread dressing, hush puppies, beans, and lots of
    other stuff without onions, so I guess I'm used to this way of thinking.
    (Much to my friends chagrin!)

    ASK WHAT YOUR LOVED ONES EAT
    Don't assume that a vegetarian will eat eggs, fowl, fish, or even dairy.
    Your best bet is to ask people what they do eat. Vegetarianism means
    something different to everyone, and if you ask, your loved one will know
    you care enough to make sure that they enjoy the holiday, too.

    BUT DON'T ASSUME THEY DON'T EAT GOOD STUFF
    Some people err on the side of being too cautious when it comes to
    preparing dishes for vegetarians. For example, my husband doesn't eat
    eggs, but he does eat dairy, sugar, regular flour, etc. Sometimes people
    feel as if they have to give him a sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-less cake
    when all he doesn't eat is eggs! And here's a tip: most flavors of Blue
    Bell Ice Cream do not contain eggs. (Read the label.)

    DON'T BE JUDGEMENTAL
    The holidays are a special time of year when forgiveness and
    understanding should rule the day, don't you think? With this in mind,
    please try not to be judgemental of what people you love choose to eat.
    (This goes for vegetarians, too!) Many a holiday meal has been ruined
    unnecessarily by debating lifestyle choices. It means nothing about you if
    your family member or friend eats differently than you.

    GET HELP WITH THE COOKING
    If preparing something vegetarian is just beyond you, enlist the
    vegetarian guest to prepare something special and to make enough so
    that others can have a bite. Who says Thanksgiving means turkey and
    Christmas means ham EVERY year? Let people experiment and bring
    something new for a change. After all, this time is for people, not food!


    Vegetarian Holidays
    was created by the
    friendly folks over at
    Good Karma Cafe.
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