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Don’t Make a Salad to Win A Vegan’s Heart

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The way to a (wo)man’s heart is through the stomach. Oh yes, today we’re going to talk about love. Love and food are very much connected.

Cooking with your partner, sharing a meal in a restaurant or your own prepared dish, tasting each other’s food … Need I say more?

So, here come the salads again.

“Dating a vegan? Make her a salad.” “They probably have salad at that restaurant.”

OK, no, salad is not always the way to go. I agree that most people like a nice salad, but if vegans had to live of that, we’d be as thin as sticks, wouldn’t we? And, after you’ve read some of my posts (You did, right? 😉 ) you have realized by now that I am no fan of salads.

Sure, there are some excellent variations, made with chickpeas, or quinoa, broccoli, kale (yep, I’m including that 😉 ), seaweed, lentils, etc. Personally, I like bean and also quinoa salads from time to time. There are many kinds that are quite filling and savory. I also love making my own salads, since I always use a range of different ingredients.

A Date in a Restaurant – Where? What?

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So, you’ve met someone you really like, and you invite her for dinner. She accepts, but … tells you she’s vegan.

Uh oh, what does she eat? Where do I take her? Are there any vegan places?

Yes, of course, there are vegan places, but it all depends on where you live, doesn’t it? In big cities, finding a vegan restaurant is absolutely no problem, but in smaller towns or villages, it may present a challenge.

Let’s just imagine that there are no vegan restaurants in your town, no places that offer mouthwatering vegan lasagnas, pot roasts, shepherd’s pies, chocolate cakes, ice cream, pudding, coconut whipped cream, or any other delights. No restaurants that have vegan tacos on the menu, or vegan burgers, stir fries, Pad Thai, mushroom stroganoff, empanadas, paella, or other delicacies.

No need to panic.

Before you stress to the point that smoke escapes your ears, sit down and read. I’ve got some suggestions. And believe me, it is easier than you think 🙂

Romance in Your Veggie Dinner

First of all, don’t tell your date, “I’m sure that this restaurant has a salad.” We do not live of salads, and remarks like this won’t get you any points.

Forget about the salads, just for today 😉

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Let’s make a list, shall we?

  • Starters
    • Guacamole and chips
    • Salsa and chips
    • Pancakes with mushrooms and Gruyere cheese? –> ask the waiter to remove the cheese
    • vegetarian sushi rolls usually come with Philadelphia cheese –> once more, ask the waiter to bring the rolls without cheese or replace the cheese with something else, for example, mango, or cilantro sauce, or anything else that can be used.
  • Soups
    • Mexican tortilla soup: check if it is made with chicken or vegetable stock, and ask the waiter/waitress to make your soup without the cheese. Sometimes tortilla soup also has chicken. Always check beforehand what is written in the menu.
    • Tomato basil soup can be veganized if it is made with vegetable stock
    • Potato soup (ask to have the cheese and cream removed – and perhaps replace it with a plant-based ingredient, if the chef wouldn’t mind.
    • Gazpachos: some of them can be easily veganized
    • French onion soup: again, order it without the molten cheese and check if vegetable stock was used. Some vegans ask if they can use their own vegan cheese instead (yes, some actually bring it, knowing that it would make things easier, but it all depends on the restaurant, I suppose)
  • Sushi: that’s simple. Most – if not all – sushi bars now offer vegetarian and vegan sushi rolls.
  • Main courses:
    • If vegetarian burgers are on the menu, ask the waiter to remove the cheese
    • Bean burritos are delicious
    • Bean tacos, mushroom tacos, veggie tacos, veggie burritos, and so on
    • Spaghetti: do not use Parmesan
    • Pizza Margarita with no cheese tastes great, especially the thin crust. The big bread pizza crust may contain cheese or other dairy …
    • Most dishes come with meat or fish, so that menu section has to be ignored 😉 It will be too difficult to veganize it, unless you have the slab of meat removed, but then you’re just left with a few veggies and potatoes … That’s boring and definitely not filling.
  • Desserts
    • Most desserts are pre-made and they usually have dairy in them. Sorbets, however, are safe to eat. Sometimes, you can get lucky and find a dessert on the menu that contains no dairy or eggs. You just need to ask the staff at the restaurant. And sometimes they even offer a veganized version of their meal.

Smile

Always be nice when you ask 😉 A friendly smile can get you more favors than irate demands, and it’s definitely a plus point for you if your date sees you treat others with respect 🙂 Right?

Cooking Together Can be Hmmmmm Amazing

Do I need to explain that? 😉

Mixing the ingredients together, chopping and stirring, making a meal together can create a bond. It is even erotic, in a way. You’re making this, both of you, your hands touching by accident (or on purpose 😉 ) listening to soft music, talking, smiling, laughing … You get the idea.

Couple-cooking

The internet is loaded with vegan recipes. There are so many cookbooks. And I’ve already shared a few recipes as well 😉

Just in case, here are a few suggestions, easy to make, delicious to taste, and the rest is up to you, my dear 😉

(Click on below highlighted words for more info)

Finding a vegan restaurant

Making party snacks

Easy vegan recipes

Mexican cooking

Italian recipes

Asian Cuisine

And so much more 🙂

Let me know in the comments how your date went. I love to hear about some romance 😉

 

Christine

16 Comments

  1. Wow, suddenly that was so easy! Fortunately for me, my wife is a meat eater like myself and we have similar food tastes. I have friends who are vegan and with kids, they know so much more about food than I do, because they have to substitute items that the rest of us take for granted, in order to give them all the proteins, minerals, vitamins, etc that they need. So no romance in vegan cooking for me, but if we ever want to invite them over for a meal, your article will make sure that we can have fun with food and not be worried that we will provide something unsuitable, which would be embarrassing.

    • Hi Luigi, I’m glad you can use those tips for when your vegan friends come over 🙂
      Yes, it is indeed easier than it seems, isn’t it 😊?
      Thank you for visiting my blog!

  2. Christine is seems like you did a lot of research on this topic, great. Your point is a valid one “cooking with your partner” could really add some spice to the relationship; also it’s time spent together which is always good. Every opportunity to be together should be capitalized on. Continue to do a great job.

    • Thank you, Althea. Yes, cooking together is indeed valuable time spent in each other’s company. I’m glad you enjoyed my article.
      Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂

  3. Hello Christine,
    very nice article! I had a smile on my face the whole time 🙂
    Though I guess I will not become a vegan eater you inspired me to at least try some dishes you suggested. Anyway it can be a welcome change in everyday routine 🙂
    At least I know now what to do if I want to invite you for lunch! Hahaha…
    All the best,
    George

  4. First of all, don’t make a salad to win a vegans heart put on a smile on my face. I am a hotelier enjoyed reading you’re (vegan) thoughts. when I read your content I really enjoyed it because I am a foodie and working in the food industry and food with romance is always a best gift. For me if the food is blood romance is red.i really enjoyed reading your post.Thank you Christine

    • Hello!
      Yes, food and romance totally go together. Foodies understand that 🙂 right? I am also a food lover and I really enjoy cooking.
      I’m glad you like my article 🙂

  5. I’ve never dated a vegan, but being vegetarian I can relate to some peoples lack of imagination! In the past I’ve often be offered some boring replacement for meat dishes. It’s like salad is the only alternative! I love some of your suggestions including bean or mushroom tacos. I’m a big fan of chickpeas and use them a lot in my coooking. Fortunately, vegetarian sausages have come a long way over the past few decades, and fewer people are eating meat.

    • Hi Kathy, yes, today there are so many alternatives, and people are loving the taste of Beyond Burger and other brands. I also love bean tacos and burritos. Living in Mexico, it’s hard not to 😉
      Thank you for stopping by 😊

  6. Wow I never realized there were so many options for the vegan diet. I have recently looked into going vegan due to digestive problems but I was worried about the potential limitations it could pose.

    After reading this, you have shown me that the vegan diet isnt a limitation, it’s simply a way of life and things can always be substituted. I am happily married, so I don’t need to worry about impressing a date, but I do love to go out to restaurants with my husband and this helps me to feel that I would still have options if I do decide to go vegan.

    Thank you so much for this brilliant post, I have bookmarked it and cant wait to share it with my husband and friends!

    • Thank you! Yes, indeed, the vegan diet is not limiting at all, quite on the contrary. When I became a vegan a whole world of culinary delicacies opened up to me. Everything is so delicious. If there is anything you would like to ask about vegan recipes or meals, let me know. I’ll be glad to help 🙂

  7. Wow Christine, thanks so much for sharing the well detailed, informative and educating article. Your point concerning cooking with your partner is just perfect. Spending time together help to spice up the cooking adventure.
    I would definitely try to spend time with my wife(when i get married, lol) whenever she is cooking so i can assist her in doing something.
    Thanks so much for sharing the brilliant opinion.

  8. HI Christine,

    You are right in that we need more than salads to thrive and live a healthy life. There are many vegan recipes that you can cook at home, but many restaurants are still not adapted to serve vegans. Therefore, you have to ask the chef to remove cheeses or any product that contains milk or eggs. I also really like your suggestions when dining out. The Essential Vegan Travel Guide looks very interesting.
    By the way, what do you think is the best brand of vegan sausages? Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Stefan, I like several brands. Lightlife Vegan Sausages and Morningstar are very good. Field Roast and Beyond Meat are also delicious 😊

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