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12 ideas for accommodating vegetarian guests at your feast
HONOLULU (KHON2) — Hosting vegans for Thanksgiving can be a fun experience, and it’s great to consider their preferences and/or dietary needs.
Switching to a plant-based diet has many different factors that lead people to adopt a plant-based diet.
certainly. Sometimes, it’s political, as we’re told to believe by TV and movies that mock vegan foods. Sometimes, it’s simply because someone isn’t convinced that corporate slaughter is the best way to meet their nutritional needs.
But there are some people with diabetes who cannot eat meat because it makes their blood glucose levels out of control. Then there are those whose bodies suffer from inflammation when they eat meat.
Some people simply prefer sides over meat, and don’t necessarily make them vegetarian. However, they are probably more adventurous when it comes to the side dishes offered to enjoy.
The person organizing Thanksgiving may have decided to come up with some fun ways to experiment with traditional sides and main dishes and discovered delicious vegetarian ways to prepare them.
Regardless of how you came to the conclusion that you need to accommodate a vegetarian or two at your feast, here are some easy tips for hosting vegetarians around your Thanksgiving table:
Communicate with your guests
Communicate with your vegetarian guests in advance to discuss their preferences and any dietary restrictions they may have. This will help you plan a menu that everyone can enjoy, and will provide an opportunity for your non-vegetarian guests to try something new.
Vegetarian friendly menu
Include a variety of vegetarian dishes on your Thanksgiving menu. There are many delicious vegetarian recipes for traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Dishes like vegan stuffing, mashed potatoes made with dairy-free milk and vegan butter, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, and pies and cakes made with oils instead of butter and eggs. There are so many options that we can’t list them all.
Check the labels
Pay attention to ingredient labels, as some seemingly innocent products may contain animal byproducts. For example, some commercial vegetable broths and gelatin may contain animal ingredients.
This is the easiest way to prepare vegetarian food. You can explore vegetarian alternatives to non-vegetarian ingredients. For example, use plant-based milks (almond, soy, oat) instead of dairy milk, vegetable broth instead of chicken or beef broth, and margarine instead of butter. Almost everything they make contains alternative ingredients to suit vegan tastes.
Make sure vegan dessert options are available. Many pancakes and cakes can be made vegan using alternatives such as coconut milk, flax eggs, or vegan butter.
Variety in flavors and textures
Aim for a variety of flavors and textures in your dishes to make the meal satisfying for everyone. Incorporate a mix of hearty grains, legumes, vegetables and nuts.
Avoid cross contamination
If preparing vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, be careful about cross-contamination. Use separate utensils, cutting boards, and cooking surfaces to prevent mixing.
Ask about any allergies your guests may have as well as their vegetarian diet and plan accordingly. This applies to all your guests. You don’t have to be a vegetarian to have a food allergy.
Inform other guests
Tell your non-vegetarian guests that there will be vegetarian options available so everyone can try and enjoy a variety of dishes.
Respect your guests’ choices without judgment. Thanksgiving is about coming together and being thankful. Accommodating different food options is a great way to celebrate diversity and create an inclusive experience.
asking for help
If you’re not sure about particular vegan recipes or substitutions, don’t hesitate to ask your vegan guests for advice or recipes. They’ll likely appreciate your efforts to make them feel included.
Enjoy the experience
Finally, enjoy the experience of preparing a diverse and comprehensive Thanksgiving meal. It’s an opportunity to explore new recipes and share a delicious meal with friends and family.
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By being thoughtful and considerate, you can create a Thanksgiving celebration that caters to everyone’s dietary preferences and makes all of your guests feel welcome and appreciated.