I’m getting more comfortable with Vegan eating outside the house – it’s a lot less intimidating when I go out to eat at a restaurant. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always easy, but I do feel like I’m getting better at it!
Here are some tips for I’ve discovered that have made this a lot easier.
1. Tell the server that you are ordering an Vegan meal. They are a lot more understanding about menu changes and will help you if there is hidden dairy in a meal.
2. Check out any vegetarian options first. These seem to be the easiest to tweak – removing the egg or cheese is generally all that is required. Tonight I ordered a Tempeh Sub from Mellow Mushroom – just ask the server to hold the mayo & cheese. They actually offer Vegan Cheese on their menu (which is rare), so I was able to swap that out.
3. When removing a spread or cheese – are there other vegan sauces or spreads on the menu you can replace it with? For example, on tonight’s sub, I asked them to spread some Hummus instead of the Mayo. It replaces that creamy texture and I honestly think this tasted better than the mayo version.
4. No veggie options that sound good? Check out the sides on other entrees and see if you can remove the meat. Put together a veg plate from several side items. Another restaurant we go to for Run Club has very few options. I did notice they had a Baked Potato, Broccoli, Grilled Mushrooms & Grilled Onions – yummy loaded baked potato!
5. As a last resort, when I’m pretty sure there will be no good Vegan options (and I want to get in some protein), I did bring along a protein-rich snack in my purse. Roasted Chickpeas came in handy this weekend at Der Biergarten when there wasn’t anything I could see to assemble from the menu. 🙂
I’m sure there are more tips that I’ll continue to discover as I continue along this path.
Question: Do you have any creative tips for making dining out Vegan easier?
Since I completely forgot (again) to take pictures of the Tempeh Sub I mentioned above, I did at least remember to capture the lunch sandwiches I cooked when we got home (ready for tomorrow!). These were so quick and easy – from the Peas & Thank You Cookbook – and I’m really looking forward to eating them. It’s sad when I just finished dinner, am full, and would really love to eat another meal right now! 🙂
Now it’s definitely past my bedtime – off to bed!
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