Vegetarian Weddings

Vegetarian weddings are the latest fad afflicting modern couples. Planning a vegetarian wedding is labor intensive but exciting. Wedding couples veering from conventional customs are highly common.

Vegetarian diets contain no poultry, shellfish, fish or meat. Most vegetarians are comfortable with both eggs and dairy products. Strict vegetarian weddings also shun refined sugar and honey.

Vegetarian wedding is the same as other weddings, except that it involves more labor and plenty of choice.

Coping with Non-Veg Guests

Offer regular vegetarian foods to non-veg guests such as sweets, pasta bars, breads, soups, salads, potatoes and cheeses. These are familiar items and would make the guests comfortable. Better inform the guests in advance about the vegetarian reception.

Find good caterers who are experts in preparing vegetarian food. Vegetarian cuisines come in wide range. So, there is no reason to settle for stir fried veggies or pasta primavera.

Another option is to book at a vegetarian restaurant to host and cater to the wedding reception. Couples who have eaten at a restaurant would be sure of the food quality. Limit exotic ethnic dishes to accommodate the guest’s palate.

Vegetarian cake

Ordering a large vegan cake is the most difficult aspect of vegetarian wedding. Many bakers unfortunately don’t know how to prepare a delicious cake without milk, butter and eggs.

If you are unable to find a vegan cake, prepare your own. Use flaxseeds as substitute for eggs. However, some people are allergic to flax. For such cases, use EnerG egg replacer available at various departmental stores.

Many vegetarian cookbooks have simple and easy to make recipes for white cake and vegan chocolate cake. You can even try applesauce cake, vegan carrot cake or tofu cheesecakes. Little effort and time pays off and you would be surprised in the end when guests would leave the hall with a long lasting smile on their faces.

Vegetarian Weight Loss Plan – Eating Out VS Home Delivery

Things could possibly get interesting when you wish to go out for a meal of have some food delivered to your home. Since you must be willing to order appropriately to get the types of food that fit your diet program.

Not all your friends are vegetarian right?. So learning to find good vegetarian alternatives in all of the restaurants is important to be able to go out and enjoy dinner without surprises. The good thing is that you can choose more often than you might think. For example Chinese restaurants often have some great meatless offerings already on their menu so you can order vegetarian already.

Before going out to dinner you ought to locate and try all of the different vegetarian restaurants in town. This list will come in handy when enjoying some social time with like minded vegetarians or to eat on the way back home. Also these are the sorts of restaurants where you can learn what kinds of recipes to look for and what you like in a vegetarian meal.

When your program is also vegan you must also avoid milk, eggs, cheese or anything cooked in chicken or meat stock. The good news is that the vegetarian movement has become so large and wide spread that many eating houses want to accommodate their vegetarian clients.

Let your waiter know of your diet restrictions, he or she can guide you to the items on the menu that it fits your requirements. It is not uncommon to see the manager or chef of the restaurant come to the table to help you make a choice. Eateries are in the business of satisfying clients so they want to make sure you are happy with their menu.

However there is a new diet plan available on the market that allows you to sit back and relax at your house while gourmet chefs prepare your specially fresh home made vegetarian dinner. And you have it delivered right at your home. All you have to do, is select something from an on line customizable menu and exclude what does not fit in your vegetarian diet. No more lists, no more waiters you have to describe your diet to and you can order something completely non-vegetarian for your buddies when they come over for a nice dinner.

Vegetarianism – Is it Really a Big Deal?

I have been a vegetarian since birth if I can say and so are thousands of people who were born in Brahmin community like me. In Hinduism, we are divided into different groups originally based on profession. Brahmins were typically the educated ones and were expected to teach others and were also priests. As the society evolved, Brahmins took up wider professions like minister, banker, business etc. Some say that in the Vedic period Brahmins were allowed to eat the meat of sacrificed animals. Then with the spread of Buddhism and Jainism, in order to slow down the conversions to these religions, Ahimsa or non-violence was being spread as the key message of Hinduism as well. Following this, several Hindus, especially Brahmins became vegetarian and this was not a particularly difficult change because they were only allowed to have sacrificial meat anyway and not other meat so it was not a big part of their life. This is also not to say all Brahmins are vegetarian as some remained meat/fish eaters. As far as I am concerned, I mean no harm to animals and am a vegetarian. Now, why am I talking about Hinduism, Brahmins and vegetarian? Reason is that to me it is a bit of a surprise to see people being warned about the ‘pitfalls’ of becoming vegetarian while that has been the way of life for me and for my ancestors with no second thoughts. Also a quick look at where I come from may help you understand why I am surprised. If you have ever been to India, especially southern India, you will find more vegetarian restaurants than non-vegetarian and typically the non-vegetarian ones will say so explicitly on their name board. On the contrary I am yet to come across a vegetarian restaurant in the western world where I live.

Having spent some time in a western country, I do understand that meat is an important part of the diet and hard to let go off. So, for some, it is probably a big deal. Often people are warned against a vegetarian diet mainly because it is said to lack in protein. Proteins contain chains of amino acids which are converted into different kind of amino acid during digestion and absorption. Some amino acids can be secreted by the body but some are required from food. Plant foods are said to lack in at least one of these essential amino acids. However, it does not mean one cannot get enough protein being a vegetarian. It simply is a question of combining food – like combining grains with lentils and vegetables. It was interesting to read that some findings show that an excess protein intake can potentially lead to osteoporosis and kidney problems (remember your kidney has to work harder to absorb the amino acids). A well balanced vegetarian diet, in that way is said to give just enough protein. Even if you are not able to balance in a single meal, you can always achieve your balance in a day. For example, let us say you could not get enough protein in your lunch, you can always snack on some lentils and achieve the balance. In a vegetarian diet one obviously does not get the fat from the meat and also because most plants are fibrous, vegetarian diets are said to be more helpful to maintain a healthy weight.

Now if the issue of not getting enough protein is out of your way, what else could stop one from being vegetarian? Could it be ‘limited’ choice because most restaurants offer macaroni cheese and salad as vegetarian on their menu, or could it be fear of not treating the palate because vegetarian in bland? If it is either or both, I can assure you, it is a myth. While I cannot put more items on restaurant menus as I do not have control over them, I certainly can assure you that your menu list at home can be made really long. As far as taste and flavour goes, who said spices do not work on vegetables, grains and fruits? There is no limit to the kind of dishes you can prepare with even just a few ingredients.

By making healthy choices, you can very well be a vegetarian and enjoy eating. If you need any help or inspiration to create nice vegetarian dishes, do stop by my blog http://www.tastefullyveggie.blogspot.com/