171. Making food that vegan can enjoy


Recently, as concerns about environmental pollution on Earth have increased rapidly, there has been a growing number of people who want to improve aspects of human life that can contribute to environmental pollution. And one of these efforts is ‘vegetarianism.’ People who start vegetarianism not only hope that the Earth will remain cleaner for a longer time, but also for health management and weight management purposes, among other reasons.


However, perhaps because they have heard that they need to eat meat from a young age to be strong, vegetarianism surprisingly feels quite difficult from the outset. Once you start, you can’t taste any food with animal ingredients, which is why vegetarianism has become highly specialized, and slowly, it is recommended to delve deeper into vegetarianism.


In fact, those who are well-suited to vegetarianism can expect various health benefits. However, since vegetarianism is not yet widespread, people may experience various inconveniences in their daily lives, and one of them is the ‘food’ they eat when they attend year-end parties, important gatherings, or meetings.



1. Vegan Burgers for Vegetarians

Consider vegetarian burger menus for vegetarians too! How about vegan ‘burgers’? Typically, when you have parties, gatherings, or meetings, various menus that many people can enjoy are prepared. However, most of these menus are often meat-based, which can be somewhat challenging for vegetarians. Fortunately, recently, as the number of vegans has increased rapidly, vegan restaurants and vegan menus have emerged diversely, relieving the concerns of vegetarians.




One noteworthy vegan party menu is the ‘burger.’ Burgers consist of bread, various sauces, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and then a meat patty. However, a vegan burger for vegans does not contain meat, making it an appropriate party food for vegetarians. However, some vegan burgers may contain higher levels of sodium than conventional burgers, so this should be noted.


2. Vegan Hot Dogs for Vegetarians

Consider vegan ‘hot dogs’ after burgers! If there are vegan burger options that replace meat patties, there is a high probability that there will be vegan hot dogs as well. Vegan hot dogs are enjoying as much popularity as vegan burgers. Unlike common sausages we know, vegan hot dogs are made from plant-based ingredients, so vegetarians can enjoy them with peace of mind. However, if the substitute ingredient for sausages doesn’t suit your taste, using carrots can be a good option. However, it is recommended to grill the carrots to a certain extent rather than putting them in raw. Grilling carrots slowly at a low temperature will help enhance the taste of vegan hot dogs.


3. Tofu Steaks and Vegetable Tempura

Tofu steaks, relatively well-known among vegans, and vegetable tempura. Among the menus dominated by chicken, pork, etc., tofu steaks are well known for tasting similar to these meat dishes. If the tofu steak prepared as a menu for vegetarians does not satisfy your taste, it is also a good idea to make your own tofu steak using basic cooking methods.




Commonly eaten vegetable tempura can also be an appropriate menu for vegetarians. It is an excellent menu that can replace foods fried with fish or meat, but it is essential to note that the oil used when making this should be vegetable oil and occasionally may feel heavy. If you have difficulty eating vegetable tempura because it feels greasy, it is recommended to use dressings such as tomato salsa or pesto to balance the taste.


4. Veggie Platters to Capture People’s Attention

Try capturing people’s attention with veggie platters! Sandwiches made with veggie platters and jackfruit. When you think of a platter, many people may think of deliciously grilled meats, potato fries, bread, and various sauces. However, if there are many vegetarians at parties, gatherings, meetings, etc., it’s a good idea to change all the menus to vegetables and fruits. A veggie platter made up of various vegetables such as bell pepper slices, yellow squash, asparagus, lightly blanched baby cabbage, broccoli, etc., can be a very good menu for vegetarians. Moreover, such a veggie platter can attract many people’s attention with its colorful appearance.




Jackfruit is one of the well-known tropical fruits. However, meat substitutes made from this fruit are very similar in taste and texture to meat, so they are highly popular among vegetarians. However, if the meat substitute made from jackfruit does not suit your taste, it is recommended to note that, like other vegan menus and foods, it may contain more sodium than usual.


5. Vibrant Vegan Salads

Salads are a versatile and nutritious option for vegans, offering a wide range of flavors, textures, and ingredients to explore. From hearty grain-based salads to refreshing leafy greens, there’s a salad recipe to suit every palate. Try a quinoa and black bean salad with avocado and lime dressing for a protein-packed meal, or indulge in a colorful Mediterranean-inspired salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and tofu feta. For a burst of flavor, toss together a Thai-inspired salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, mango, and a zesty peanut dressing. With endless combinations to explore, vegan salads are a delicious way to enjoy a healthy and satisfying meal.


6. Satisfying Vegan Soups

Warm up with a comforting bowl of vegan soup, perfect for chilly days or cozy nights at home. Whether you prefer creamy blended soups or hearty chunky varieties, there’s a vegan soup recipe to suit your taste. Try a classic minestrone loaded with vegetables, beans, and pasta for a hearty and nutritious meal, or opt for a creamy butternut squash soup with coconut milk and warming spices. For a taste of international cuisine, explore recipes like spicy lentil soup with Indian spices or miso soup with tofu and seaweed for a satisfying umami flavor. With endless possibilities, vegan soups are a comforting and nourishing addition to any mealtime.


7. Delicious Vegan Pasta Dishes

Pasta is a beloved comfort food that can easily be adapted to suit a vegan diet. From creamy Alfredo to zesty marinara, there are countless vegan pasta recipes to explore. Try a creamy cashew-based Alfredo sauce with garlic and nutritional yeast for a decadent twist on a classic favorite, or opt for a simple marinara sauce with roasted vegetables for a light and flavorful option. For a taste of Italy, indulge in a hearty mushroom and spinach lasagna with layers of rich marinara sauce and creamy vegan ricotta. With endless pasta shapes and sauce combinations to choose from, vegan pasta dishes offer a world of culinary possibilities.




8. Flavorful Vegan Stir-Fries

Stir-fries are a quick and easy way to incorporate a variety of vegetables and flavors into your meals. With a few simple ingredients and a hot wok or skillet, you can create delicious vegan stir-fries in minutes. Try a colorful vegetable stir-fry with bell peppers, broccoli, carrots, and snow peas tossed in a savory soy sauce and garlic marinade. For a protein boost, add tofu, tempeh, or seitan to your stir-fry, or opt for a plant-based protein alternative like chickpeas or edamame. Serve your stir-fry over steamed rice or noodles for a satisfying and nutritious meal that’s sure to please.


9. Sumptuous Vegan Desserts

Indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of decadent vegan desserts that are sure to satisfy any craving. From rich chocolate cakes to creamy fruit tarts, there’s a vegan dessert recipe for every occasion. Try a classic chocolate avocado mousse for a silky smooth treat that’s packed with healthy fats and antioxidants, or whip up a batch of chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies for a satisfying snack. For a refreshing summer dessert, try a coconut milk-based mango sticky rice with sweetened coconut sauce, or indulge in a creamy vegan cheesecake with a crunchy almond crust. With a little creativity and the right ingredients, vegan desserts can be just as delicious as their traditional counterparts.





In conclusion, hosting a vegetarian party is not just a dream. With the wide range of delicious and satisfying vegan options available today, anyone can enjoy a fun and flavorful gathering without compromising their dietary preferences. Whether it’s vegan burgers, hot dogs, tofu steaks, vegetable tempura, or veggie platters, there are plenty of creative and delicious options to choose from. Embracing vegetarianism not only promotes environmental sustainability but also offers a diverse and vibrant culinary experience for all.



What is vegetarianism?
Vegetarianism is a dietary practice that abstains from consuming meat, poultry, and fish. It often includes the exclusion of other animal products such as eggs and dairy, although some variations allow for their consumption.


What are some reasons people choose to follow a vegetarian diet?
People choose vegetarianism for various reasons, including ethical concerns for animal welfare, environmental sustainability, health benefits, and personal beliefs or cultural practices.


Are there different types of vegetarian diets?
Yes, there are several variations of vegetarian diets, including lacto-vegetarian (includes dairy but excludes eggs), ovo-vegetarian (includes eggs but excludes dairy), lacto-ovo-vegetarian (includes both dairy and eggs), and vegan (excludes all animal products).


What are some challenges faced by vegetarians when attending social gatherings or events?
Vegetarians may face challenges at social gatherings or events where meat-based dishes are prevalent. They may struggle to find suitable food options that align with their dietary preferences, leading to feelings of exclusion or discomfort.


What are some popular vegan alternatives to traditional meat-based dishes?
Popular vegan alternatives to traditional meat-based dishes include plant-based burgers, tofu or tempeh steaks, vegetable stir-fries, vegan hot dogs, and jackfruit-based meat substitutes.


How can hosts accommodate vegetarian guests at parties or gatherings?
Hosts can accommodate vegetarian guests by offering a variety of plant-based food options, clearly labeling vegetarian dishes, and ensuring that there are no cross-contamination issues with meat-based dishes.


Are there health benefits to following a vegetarian diet?
Yes, research suggests that vegetarian diets may offer various health benefits, including lower risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and obesity. Additionally, vegetarian diets are often rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.


What are some tips for cooking delicious vegetarian meals at home?
Some tips for cooking delicious vegetarian meals at home include experimenting with a variety of herbs, spices, and plant-based ingredients, incorporating plenty of vegetables, legumes, and whole grains, and exploring different cooking methods such as grilling, roasting, and stir-frying.


Are there any resources available for people interested in transitioning to a vegetarian diet?
Yes, there are many resources available for people interested in transitioning to a vegetarian diet, including cookbooks, online recipe websites, vegetarian cooking classes, and community support groups.


Can vegetarianism contribute to environmental sustainability?
Yes, vegetarianism can contribute to environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving natural resources such as water and land, and mitigating deforestation associated with livestock farming.


Today’s Quiz

Quiz Question: What is a lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet?
a) A diet that includes dairy and eggs but excludes meat
b) A diet that includes meat and dairy but excludes eggs
c) A diet that excludes all animal products
d) A diet that excludes meat, dairy, and eggs


Answer: a) A diet that includes dairy and eggs but excludes meat



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