What to Eat When There is No Meat

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When approached by a situation that involves cooking for a vegan, even expert cooks can find difficulty in deciding what and how to prepare for the main dishes and accompaniments that make up a proper meal. The following are a few useful rules of thumb to aid you during the process of preparing meals for your vegan guests:

So, First Question – What Does Vegan Mean? Not everyone understands the differences between veganism and vegetarianism. While a vegetarian typically steers clear of all meat and fish products, vegans avoid all fish and meat AND any associated by-products as well. Such by-products include milk, cheese and dairy products. Any product that is derived from an animal has to be avoided when cooking for vegans.

Preparation Whether fixing one dinner or twelve, cooking meals for vegans needs great planning. It is critical for each meal to be nutritional sound as well as tasty, which is often a problem for the chef who is accustomed to using animal-based products in recipes. The meal should be specced-out completely in advance, considering how best to include fiber, iron, protein, and taste to your vegan dinner.

Advanced planning is less complicated if you can find a reliable on-line recipe collection with a good variety of vegan recipes. Even then, you need to check each of these recipes in detail before cooking with them. Unfortunately, some recipes claiming to be vegan are actually not even close. Sadly, some people have very different perspectives of what ‘vegan’ really means. Still, if you do a little work many of these vegan recipes are very scrumptious and extremely nourishing. A few may demand special ingredients, but again, the internet can be a great help in tracking these down. You may even be able to find online sellers of vegan food ingredients, which, as they are commonly ‘specialists’ in the vegan lifestyle, should even be able to provide advice on alternative ingredients for your vegan dinner.

Vegan Variety In vegan cooking, it is tempting to create unexciting meals that seem similar to each other. This can, and shouild be avoided. As A Matter Of Fact, dishes can be as exciting those cooked in carnivorous meals. With the great number of TVP style alternatives to dairy and meat dishes, you can use substitutions for ingredients from fish to bacon, which really helps to introduce a great deal of flavor and diversity to the dinner.

Don’t Make Dangerous Assumptions As the host or hostess at a vegan dinner, your first duty is to be completely sure you are abiding by your guests lifestyle choices. It would be all too easy, as well as far quicker, to simply assume that all non-meat ingredients are safe for vegans and cook a meal based on that. However, a thoughtful cook will remember to read through the list of ingredients of all bought items appearing in the meal so you can be perfectly certain the food is 100 percent vegan. You may discover some surprising areas that meat products and their by-products crop up, e.g.:

” Sugar: About 50 percent of the sugar producing plants in the US use animal-based carbon to filter the sugar. As a result, most vegans avoid processed sugar. ” Gelatin: Many cooks do not know that gelatin is derived from meat or fish. ” Soups: Most tinned vegatable soups are have stock made from beef in their ingredients. ” Pastries: The danger list here includes eggs, milk, and animal fats.. ” Worcestershire Sauce: This sauce is made with anchovies, look out for vegan alternatives – they are available

If you stick with these rules, any chef can cook a dinner party that is a delight for carnivores and non-meat-eaters as well, and your vegan guests will certainly thank you for your consideration.

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