SOCIAL Q'S OF
BEING VEG
How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

WITH KATHY FRESTON

I'm out all the time. So I've had to learn how to navigate a meat-eating world while sticking with my great love of vegan food. Here are some situations I find myself in, and my usual way of handling them:
How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

DINNER PARTIES

I call my hosts in advance and let them know I'm vegan. "How about if I bring a dish or two so you don't have to worry about me?" This way, they don't get stressed out and they can try some of the food that I love! I also bring a gift of some non-dairy ice cream or vegan chocolate truffles; that way all of the guests can see vegans can be decadent too!
How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

BIRTHDAYS

I bring vegan cupcakes or cookies, or a stack of bittersweet chocolate bars to pass around and enjoy!
How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

FAMILY OCCASIONS

I serve really traditional meals that I grew up loving so nobody feels like they're missing out: veggie chicken and non-dairy mashed potatoes; pizza with soy cheese and mock sausage; chili made with black beans; and tacos with veggie protein crumbles rather than meat.
How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

TRAVELING

I bring a sandwich on the plane, and always have nuts or trail mix with me. When I land, I pop into the local grocery or health store for some apples, peanut butter, and non-dairy yogurt for the hotel room. I order oatmeal for breakfast, and find a coffee shop that offers soy for my lattes. (Can't live without them!)

How to eat vegetarian or vegan at parties, family occasions, and restaurants with friends and family.

RESTAURANT WITH FRIENDS

I suggest japanese, thai, or mexican, as there are always things like rice, tofu, veggies, beans, or avocados at those ethnic places. I also check one of my vegan apps for a place that has vegan options on the menu.
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