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what to cook
when you're hosting a vegetarian or carnivore
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a carnivore in the house!
the picky eater in question isnít a vegetarian, but a fervent,
canít-fathom-a-meal- without-meat carnivore. I experienced a sticky
situation when another girlfriend of mine invited me over for dinner.
She was a vegetarian and her boyfriend was 99% vegetarian Ė
that 1% exception extending only to include fish.
On the night in question, they invited me over for a meatless
dinner. As a less-than-eager vegetable eater, I was apprehensive, though
I try my best to be open to many different dishes and tastes.
I noticed that my girlfriend tried to cater to my taste buds by
making a dish with hearty vegetables as a distraction from the lack of
meat. This was not a good
idea. You canít
substitute the taste of chicken with broccoli, but you can give your
guests something new to chew by expanding their taste buds.
get me wrong: hearty vegetables can make a great meat substitute, but
they should never be used as filler. My friend had sautťed some cabbage
with garlic and then added potatoes to the mix.
This would have been great minus the potatoes.
When trying to make dishes for your guests, concentrate on the
flavors and use vegetables that complement rather than compete with a
dish. Try a veggie lasagna, veggie stir-fry or veggie manicotti Ė all
dishes that substitute meat with plenty of yummy, filling vegetables
whose flavors and textures each contribute, rather than detract from,
the dish as a whole.
making any dinner for any carnivore or vegetarian, find out what
vegetables they like before you start cooking up a storm. Carnivores,
Iíve found, are often pickier with the vegetables they choose than the
meat they eat, so ask, ask, ask. A
girlfriend once made me a glorious eggplant parmesan dinner that looked
and smelled great -- but that I found barely edible, thanks to my deep
and long-standing loathing of eggplant.
Avoid such fiascos by simply enquiring first.
As an added bonus, itíll make your invited guests feel special
to know that youíre paying attention to their edible needs.
lounge . nourish
host . laze
. home .