Non-Veg Cooks For Vegetarian Friend

Non-veg wants to include vegetarian friend in family meal with vegetarian recipes

lentil loaf
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.


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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

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4 Responses to “Non-Veg Cooks For Vegetarian Friend”

  1. J Kingsbury says:

    Hi Mary Elena,

    Thank you so much for following up with me about cooking for your friend. I'm glad I suggested the right thing. Great idea about making the lentil loaf as cupcakes! And I'm so glad that Sara has such good friends. If only there were far more people like you and your daughter-in-law.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am the person who is a carnivore with a best friend who is a vegetarian. I asked you for some direction on special things to cook for Sara at family gatherings. You suggested lentil loaf. Welllllll! Sara loves it!!! I make it for her as cupcakes. It makes 12. It takes a little longer to cook, but comes out in perfect single servings.

    Sara is such a busy person she generally buys precooked vegetarian meals and heats them up in the oven. That is changing. Whenever we come to your site we find yet another thing we think Sara would love. Sara now has a freezer full of food made from recipes found on your site.

    In my first letter I told you I was afraid Sara did not get enough protein. Because of your site I no longer worry about what she is eating because we have usually cooked what she is eating.

    This carnivore and family thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This site has helped us so much! – M.C.

  3. Sarah the Hipster Veg says:

    Great feedback on this! It's great when the non-veggies are good enough friends to bend their ways a bit for us! Thanks for the lentil loaf suggestion as well! (Isn't it fun to cook for the non-veggies, and they LIKE it?!)

  4. Molly says:

    Something that was missed in the answer to this question is what a great friend the submitter is! Bravo to you for your care and concern for your vegetarian friend's needs. Most people are not so thoughtful. Your friend is lucky to have you! :)

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