How Meat Lovers Can Make Better Vegetarian Choices

26 October 2020

How Meat Lovers Can Make Better Vegetarian Choices – One big concern meat-lovers have is that there is not enough vegetarian variety of food to keep them satisfied if they switch to eating less meat.

They also wonder how to make good satisfying food choices when eating out vegetarian. 

Welcome to our Vegetarian Foods – First Look Series.

Introduction – How Meat Lovers Can Make Better Vegetarian Choices

Let’s begin by learning about some regular vegetarian food choices commonly available everywhere.

Common Misconception – It’s commonly believed that vegans and vegetarians must give up eating a variety of tasty food when eating in restaurants.

However, that is not true. Most vegetarian restaurants and eating places, seeking to please their customers more and more, offer numerous food options for vegetarians to accommodate the needs of different kinds of people.

From Meat To Vegetarian
From Meat To Vegetarian-EatOutInWembley

By searching for more plant-based options, you’re probably already aware of the many benefits of switching to more vegetarian foods.

More people are questioning the sense of eating meat.

Moreover, overwhelming evidence shows that excessive meat consumption adversely affects the animals, our environment over the medium to long-term, and even our health. As a result, it has led to a massive increase in the demand for meat alternatives.

Most supermarkets and restaurants have begun paying attention to this rising trend and now offer many plant-based foods like burgers, sausages, and meat alternatives. (Meat companies are complaining that it is wrong to call some of the plant-based alternatives burgers because a burger, by definition, contains meat).

Vegetarian food options allow you to enjoy eating out while eating healthily entirely. For instance, the vegan burger version is free from cholesterol and contains fewer calories and fats than regular meat-based burgers.

These plant-based foods have a different taste, but that taste is not so alien that you would reject the food. They offer new flavours with which large parts of the world are already familiar.

Whether you are just thinking about switching to a vegetarian diet or struggling to make this decision, this article aims to inform you about some of the best vegetarian food choices and help you become familiar with the food choices available in every vegetarian food restaurant.

So, let’s get started.

* Top 10 Vegetarian Dishes In Every Indian Restaurant?

Indian restaurants quite famously offer an extensive range of dishes for vegetarians.

Their menus can be pretty overwhelming, especially for vegetarian newcomers. So quite naturally, you might struggle at first to order a suitable dish.

But the key to making better choices is first to get acquainted with the food choices. Here, for example, is a list of the top ten vegetarian dishes usually present in almost any Indian restaurant.

Understanding these dishes, and accepting that others find them tasty, can lead you to better eating out food choices.

These best vegetarian dishes are as follows:

1.1. Vegetable Biryani

A biryani is essentially the Indian version of fried rice with some differences. If you enjoy eating rice, you must try out this dish.

Undoubtedly, you will long for more once you eat vegetable biryani full of succulent vegetables and spices like pepper mace, cloves, and mint.

Vegetable biryani dish
Vegetable biryani dish

You can find this dish in all Indian restaurants because it is well-loved and in demand by many people.

Biryanis are tasty dishes made from basmati rice, cooked delicately with meat or without meat (like chicken, prawn or vegetable) in various spices with ghee, almonds, coconut and rosewater with additions of cucumber, egg, coriander and tomatoes and generally served with vegetable curry.

1.2. Aloo Puri

Another famous vegan Indian dish is Aloo Puri. Puri means crispy deep-fried bread served with a tasty spicy gravy made from aloo (potato).

Its delicious taste will make you forget about its significant number of calories.

Aloo Puri Vegetarian Dish
Aloo Puri Vegetarian Dish

You could try this dish for once, as it is a popular dish in India – It’s on offer in numerous local and international Indian restaurants.

Aloo puri is adored by those who like spicy food.

1.3. Pakoras

Pakoras make the perfect snacks and can even be appetisers. You can consider them the Indian version of fritters made from chickpea flour, with added vegetables like potato, cabbage, and spices.

They typically get served with tasty mint or chutney.

1.4. Chole Bathure

Chole Bathure comes on the list of top vegetarian dishes in Indian restaurants because people of all ages enjoy it. It tastes good and gets made from many healthy ingredients.

Chole Bathure means chickpea-based curry accompanied by Bhatura (fried bread).

1.5. Masala Dosa

Masala dosa is also a tasty and healthy food item. It gets made from fermented rice and lentils. Generally, masala dosa is a super-thin and crispy pancake wrapped around a mix of onions, spices, and potatoes.

Since there are many different ‘dals’ (lentils), You can make dosas with varying tastes. Hence, you can expect to see a variety of dosas in other restaurants.

1.6. Dal Chawal

Dal means ‘lentil’, and Chawal means ‘rice’. Dal Chawal is a dish that combines boiled rice and lentils. It would not be wrong to say that Dal Chawal is the most common dish made in every Indian household.

As a result, it is a trendy dish in Indian restaurants, especially among vegetarians, because they enjoy a variety of tastes in a single food dish.

Dal Chawal vegetarian dish
Dal Chawal vegetarian dish

Most restaurants offer a variety of Dal Chawal, which means using different types of lentils to make lentil soups.

Therefore, you can get different tastes from mixed lentils and the entire dish.

1.7. Kofta

Kofta translates into ‘meatball’, but you should not judge this dish by its name because Indian restaurants offer different varieties of kofta for vegetarians.

The vegan versions of kofta, made with lentils, potatoes, or mixed vegetables,  typically get served with spicy gravy.

If you are used to eating out in an Indian restaurant, you might be familiar with their many different gravies. Some sauces are full of butter and cream, while others contain many spices.

You can easily swap a creamy sauce for a vegan one to stick to your vegetarian diet.

Unsurprisingly, kofta can be served as a curry too.

1.8. Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri Dum Aloo, a trendy dish from Kashmir, gets made with deep-fried potatoes cooked in spicy gravy. Compared to the other dishes on this list, finding this dish in international Indian restaurants might be somewhat challenging.

However, the ones that serve it do so wonderfully as they offer a vegan version of the dish with suitable gravy and ingredients.

1.9. Rajma

Rajma is another popular vegan dish made from red kidney beans cooked in various spices and thick gravy. Indian restaurants usually serve it with roti (flatbread) and hot boiled rice.

1.10. Kabab

Kababs are something that can serve as both snacks and a whole meal. Most people love ‘Hara Bhara Kabab’ as munching on this snack is enjoyable and provides the essential nutrients to the body.

It is quite similar to falafel, but they get made from potatoes, peas and spinach.

If you have just switched to a vegetarian diet, you will immensely enjoy eating kababs as they are a delicious alternative to the traditional meat kabab.

These are some of the trendy vegetarian dishes in Indian restaurants.

If you are an ardent meat lover and well used to eating meat, it may be hard to switch to a vegetarian diet easily.

In such situations, a common question you might have is:

* What Should I Eat If I Want Meat After Switching?

Over time, our tongues (palettes) get attuned to detecting calorie-loaded fat and a particular taste associated with meat.

As a result, it is quite understandable if you are longing for meat, even after you have decided to reduce its consumption.

It’s normal. After all, you may have been eating meat for years. There is no need to feel guilty or bad about it.

But don’t give in just yet. Instead, you can try out the following foods to mitigate your craving for meat:

2.1. Avocado

Avocados are often considered a unique yet popular way of minimising meat cravings, especially ribs. A particular reason is that a single 3 oz serving of ribs and pork sausages is high in fats.

Similarly, avocados also contain about 14 grams of fat in ½ avocado. Hence, there is a very chance that you will be able to satisfy your taste buds while eating healthy, unsaturated fats present in avocados.

Vegan avocado pasta is a popular dish available in many restaurants, so that you can discuss this with your waiters at your next restaurant visit.

They’ll be more than happy to guide you.

2.2. Peanut Butter Sandwich

It is a scientific fact that if the amount of protein in the human body becomes less than 15%, you will start craving it. So, if you are craving chicken sandwiches, there is a high possibility that your body is telling you to get more protein.

Why not try a whole-wheat peanut butter sandwich to finish your cravings.

Alternatively, you can also eat rice with beans. Both of these dishes are protein-based dishes so that you will be getting healthy nutrients in your body as well.

2.3. Toasts

Even the aromas of the bacon can be quite tempting, and you might start craving grilled meat. You can satisfy this urge by going for toast instead of tasty bacon.

You can find various snacks, such as simple toasted bread with vegan peanut butter, tempura, or pan-fried vegetarian dumplings.

2.4. Umami Bombs

Umami is the fifth fundamental taste that is available in abundance in different types of meats, due to which you start craving it.

However, mushrooms, aged cheese, tomatoes, and fermented foods also have a lot of umami.

To satisfy any longing for meat umami that you may have, you can visit a nice restaurant and order an ‘umami bomb’ that combines several vegetarian dishes to provide a variety of flavours and tastes.

* How Can I Be Sure To Stick With My Vegetarian Diet?

We have already discussed that becoming a vegetarian or vegan can be challenging for many people. However, it is not impossible, and you must remove this thinking that you cannot do it.

Once you have chosen to reduce or eliminate meat from your diet, you can stay focused by following these 3 simple steps:

3 Simple Steps to Stick To Your Vegetarian Diet

3.1. Find Enjoyable Food

The establishment of numerous restaurants and food chains allows you to enjoy an endless number of vegetarian dishes. Even the internet is a handy tool as you can find a variety of communities for vegetarians to discuss different dishes and recipes.

Being a vegetarian doesn’t mean having to restrict yourself to one particular word.

Instead, you should enjoy this process and explore different dishes and food you can eat. Everyone has their taste, so you need to try other vegetarian foods like the dishes discussed in this article.

Generally, you are likely to enjoy eating everyday dishes like pasta and rice, so you do not have to abandon them.

You can make them tastier and more nutritious by adding various spices and vegetables.

Enjoyable Vegetarian Food with Avocado
Enjoyable Vegetarian Food with Avocado

3.2. Satisfy Meat Cravings

Moreover, when you are craving meat and want to get the taste and flavour of the meat without actually consuming it, you can opt for soybean proteins, wheat proteins, and many other vegetables.

Significant advancements in the food industry have helped introduce vegan versions of hamburgers, bacon, and even chicken.

3.3. Use Choice Restaurants

Most restaurants and global food chains now offer a variety of vegetarian dishes to fulfil the continually rising demand.

All you have to do is explore different restaurants and find some of the best ones you can visit again and again to enjoy eating out without worrying about the food options on the menu.

See the list of restaurants below.

* Where in Wembley Can I Eat Vegetarian Food?

Now you may be wondering at this stage when in Wembley you can satisfy your desires.

So, below I’ve listed 5 (a tiny subset) eating places for your convenience, all of which have a comprehensive range of vegetarian foods.

01- Shayona – Neasden – A la carte menu and a highly attractive-looking interior, this restaurant promises food from multiple regions of India plus several East African Indian delicacies, all alongside an eat-as-must-as-you-like Gujarati thali buffet.

Shayona, Neasden-EatOutInWembley
Shayona, Neasden-EatOutInWembley

02- Shree Krishna Vada Pav – Serves Mumbai vegetarian cuisine, all reasonably priced.

Shree-Krishna-Vada-Pav EatOutInWembley

03- Meera’s Village – Queensbury Station Parade – Pure vegetarian Gujarati foods plus an all-you-can-eat buffet with Indo-Chinese influences.

Meera's Village, Queensbury Village
Meera’s Village, Queensbury, EatOutInWembley

Meera’s Village – 36 Queensbury Station Parade,
Edgware, Middlesex, London – HA8 5NN.

04- Blue Ginger Bar & Restaurant – Kenton, Harrow

Blue Ginger - eatoutinwembley
Blue Ginger – EatOutInWembley

A well-presented, seemingly well-run restaurant that offers a comprehensive range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisines, including a No onion, No Garlic, No Spice menu, and vegan options.

05- Sarashwathy Bhavans, Wembley – South Indian Vegetarian Food – Carries an excellent range of South Indian dishes.

Sarashwathy-Bhavan – EatOutInWembley

Conclusion – How Meat Lovers Can Make Better Vegetarian Choices

The bottom line is that adopting a full-fledged vegetarian diet can be enjoyable and highly beneficial for your health.

There are so many alternate tastes you’ll not need to worry about sacrificing any meat taste from your diet because there is a wide range of vegetarian dishes that you can find in different restaurants.

Some popular dishes are discussed in this article to provide you with some excellent food options that you can try out the next time you visit a restaurant.

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