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 several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.