Non-Veg Cooks For Vegetarian Friend
Non-veg wants to include vegetarian friend in family meal with vegetarian recipes
Question For Savvy Vegetarian:
I am not a vegetarian nor is my family. My best friend of 15 years is a vegetarian. She eats eggs and dairy if they are in something–say birthday cake. She also eats cheese. At family meals we are careful to check anything we might cook for hidden animal products, like lard. I regularly cook her a mixture of 15 bean soup with organic brown rice. (She likes to have every thing organic.)
I am worried that when S. eats big dinner type meals, e.g. Thanksgiving, with us she is not getting enough protein. S. doesn’t like black beans and is allergic to soy.
Do you have any suggestions for vegetarian recipes I could try and make for her that would fit in with the preparations of cooking a big family meal? Our family is medium sized and we have birthday dinners and such every month so it would be nice to have something for her. Thanks, M.C.
Savvy Vegetarian Advice:
You could make lentil loaf for your friend – it will fit into any family meal. In fact, your non-veg family might like it too!
Our lentil loaf recipe makes 2 loaves, and you could freeze one, or make 4 smaller loaves and freeze 3. You could give your friend any leftovers to take home. Lentil loaf is wonderful fried.
You can make this lentil loaf the day before and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake it. As a variation, after it’s cooked, you can spread mashed potatoes on top of the lentil loaf, and brown them, to turn it into shepherd’s pie.
Another recipe is barley bean veggie soup, with kidney & garbanzo beans – very satisfying! It’s a big recipe, but you can half or quarter it, and freeze what you don’t need in friend sized portions.
Same with vegetarian chili – made with kidney beans or red chili beans.
Both these hearty vegetarian recipes are crockpot friendly and easy to downsize. All these recipes have lots of protein, and are complete meals by themselves.
Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian