Food Alternatives in Party Planning for People Who Are Vegan or Vegetarian

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Do you know the difference between vegan and vegetarian dishes? Your next party will be awesome if you first learn about vegan vs. vegetarian foods to please your guests.

Veganism is when someone eliminates all animal products from his or her diet, including dairy of all types. Someone may become a vegan due to their moral conviction, health issues or some other reasons. It is seen as being a real extreme diet, but it has shown significant improvements overall for the millions of individuals who have dedicated themselves to this goal and lifestyle.

Vegetarianism means the person does not eat meat, poultry or fish – though they may still eat dairy products. A person can be a lacto-vegetarian who do not eat eggs, or a lacto-ovo vegetarian who eat dairy and eggs. People who are vegetarians have many more reasons for making changes in their diets. Their reasoning includes wanting to be healthier, having a desire to reduce dependence on food sources that utilize a great amount of water and take a toll on other natural resources and the planet, and for their religion.

Just because someone chooses to restrict their diet from many common food and drink items, does not mean that they need to sit out eating at parties or cannot plan any meal and/or snack spread for their own parties. Consider the following tips for how you can create an amazing assortment of prepared, delicious food.

Great Alternative Party Food Ideas
Stews and chili are great for Fall or Winter parties. You can make them vegetarian or vegan easily. Beans and rice are good choices and you can add in spices to make them delicious and unique.

Appetizers with Flair
Put out some cheese combined with red peppers, or create a yummy dip to have with crackers or vegetables. Many people love bruschetta that can be made simple, with either some nice Italian bread or soft, toasted home-baked bread.

Another great side or appetizer for a Fall or Winter dinner party is roasted potato wedges. They taste amazing with spices, so you can serve them alone or add in some butter. They also are great with a gravy or spicy sauce.

Meal Ideas
Do you have a mixture of people with different diets? You might set up a buffet of make-your-own tacos. It’s an easy meal that should make everyone happy. Put out rice, beans, maybe some tofu, roasted or grilled veggies, cheese and beef and let everyone have at it!
Salads are usually a safe bet. Lentils taste great with millet, red onions, carrots, olives, dates, different kinds of seeds and mint for a unique salad. The dressing can be made out of lemon, orange, dates, lentils, olive oil and a hanout spice blend if you want something creative.