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February 1, 2013

5 Tips To Help Vegetarians Order In


Imagine having a perfectly lovely evening with friends, when one of them decides to order in a pizza — only they’re all pepperoni-lovers and you’re a hard-core vegetarian.  Now you’re stuck either going hungry and feeling left-out, or paying for your own separate pizza and feeling weird about it.

This nightmare doesn’t have to be your reality.  Instead, when everyone else grabs the delivery menus, just follow these tips.  That way, you’ll get to eat vegetarian meals AND take part in the fun!

1.  Explore new foods

If you think ordering in only means getting pizza and Chinese, think again.  More and more restaurants are catering to vegetarians these days — especially in bigger cities.  By checking out the order-in options beyond the ol’ standbys, you’ll get to broaden your food horizons.  Who knows, you might even find a new favorite!

2.  Give it another shot


Just because the veggie burgers at one place were gross doesn’t mean that all veggie burgers are gross.  Give ‘em another shot someplace else.  You may discover one restaurant uses spices that make your burger flat-out delicious!

3.  Go upscale

These days, the convenience of ordering in isn’t just something that super-cheap places offer.  Many upscale restaurants now deliver. 

Even better news?  Fancier restaurants tend to have special vegetarian menus.  Or, at the very least, they’ll be happy to substitute ingredients so that your final product is vegetarian.

4.  Head east

…to the Middle East, that is!  Indian food, in particular, is chock full of awesome spices that can dress up tofu and other meatless alternatives.  Garbanzo beans are also a staple in Indian cuisine, so you can get all of the protein you need, without having to order meat.

5.  Don’t forget about your old favorites


Used to love pork fried rice before you went vegetarian?  Look for a Chinese delivery place that has a vegetarian version.  In fact, more and more Chinese restaurants are serving up vegetarian Chow Mein and Chop Suey — so you can still get the same flavors as your old favorites, without compromising your new diet.

And, in keeping with tip #1, combine some of those old favorites with new stuff.  For example, add a side of garlic broccoli, sesame noodles, or steamed veggie dumplings to your Chow Mein entrée, and eat up!

Now that you know what to do, what are you waiting for?  Curl up on the couch and order food online for some dinner!

Nicole Beckett is a former journalist who is passionate about lifestyle, with a wide set of interests ranging from parenting and home economics, to fashion, travel, and urban life – Nicole has written several articles on how easy and healthy it is to order food online.

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