Vegetarian lifestyles yield improved health, better qualities of life for animals and cleaner, greener environments. Observed annually on October 1, World Vegetarian Day celebrates these benefits. Not enough to change your mind? Still believe vegetarian diets are bland and unsatisfying?
While rabbits may be content to nibble lettuce leaves and alfalfa sprouts, the vegetarian diet spans much wider than a restrictive plate of pea pods. The appeal of meals is heightened with the use of spices, herbs and sauces to create irresistible presentations of flavors, textures and colors.
Arrays of embellishments elevate entrées, from sloppy joes to stroganoff. Adding chopped nuts for protein, flavor and a satisfying crunch; creating combinations of colorful vegetables for main dish offerings; and using whole grains, pastas and beans to satisfy heartier appetites.
If you still believe vegetarian choices equate to a lack of culinary enjoyment, browse the Internet. There, you will discover recipes for appetizers, entrées and desserts. Celebrate World Vegetarian Day by hosting dinner and serving up a menu of vegetarian courses.
From a simmering ratatouille of vegetables and chick peas ladled over pasta to colossal burgers piled high with mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, diners will discover that a vegetarian plate is an impressively orchestrated symphony of flavors, textures and colors.
Be sure to serve your World Vegetarian Day spread indoors. If you choose to dine alfresco, rabbits and squirrels might raid the patio table and force you to share. Their herbivorous diet never looked, smelled or tasted so good.