On vegetarians: I have a newfound respect for vegetarians who work in my office complex. See, I have been lax about bringing lunch to work over the past week and have had to use the cafeteria to fulfill that dietary requirement. However, I had quickly learned that the cafeteria isn’t always a vegetarian-friendly place. Granted, there is always a salad bar and usually a vegetarian soup available, but who wants to eat soup and salad every day?
On the best days, there is a fish entree, the usual soup and salad and a vegetarian sandwich. But those days are few and far between. It’s no wonder to me now why some people I work with are forever just getting some fruit and salad for lunch – there are limited options if you aren’t eating meat.
On restaurant choices: After a meal out this weekend where I was forced to choose between a caesar salad and a plate of fried stuff (I went with the fried stuff for flavor), I remembered how hard it can be to eat out when you are on a restricted diet. Little things other people take for granted – like variety – become a serious issue when you are a vegetarian at a steak house (or a diabetic at a bakery, or some other similar situation). As friends and family members, we should be thoughtful of the limitations of our loved ones and help them to have a happy dining experience too.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.