The news is out and the news couldn’t be better – the number of people currently living or choosing to take up a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is on the rise, both here in Australia and all around the globe!
And whilst this news is great for the environment, our beloved furry friends, and our general health and wellbeing, it can also be a tricky time for those new to this great way of life when it comes to attending or hosting a dinner event with friends and family.
It goes without saying that not everyone will ‘get’ your decision to cut out meat and/or animal products (But aren’t you hungry? Where do you get your protein? Surely you miss bacon… the list goes on) – and whilst this can be frustrating, try and see it more as a fun way to demonstrate that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is really not as daunting as one might think.
So, how does one go about hosting a dinner party where some in attendance are pro-meat? The range of vegetarian and vegan products around these days certainly makes life a lot easier on this front with awesome faux-meat chilled and frozen options a plenty!
If you fancy yourself a bit of whiz in the kitchen, and want an alternative to the traditional Aussie Roast or BBQ, there are so many great international cuisines that nearly everyone knows and loves… and where omitting meat for the most part will barely even be noticed. These fantastic options include the deliciousness of Mexican nachos & burritos, curries (Sri Lankan, Indian, Thai – take your pick!), big hearty vegetable stews, soups, roast vege and quinoa salads plus so much more!
Hosting a dinner really is a fun way to help introduce your family and friends to the great, healthy options that will be both tasty and filling, whilst having a positive impact on our planet and our animal pals – so enjoy the chance to showcase your cooking genius for those around you, and feel happy knowing that you are also secretly helping them do good as well.