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Old 04-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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Would meat eaters be content with a meatless lunch?

I have some company coming for lunch. We are plant based eaters and they aren't.

I plan on making Mexican. There will be DIY tacos, burritos, and nachos. I bought cheese and sour cream for them. I will have Spanish rice, black beans, roasted corn, olives, lettuce, guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers, homemade chunky tomato salsa plus jarred salsa. In addition, I will have Gazpacho soup and either chili or another Mexican soup.

So if you are a meat eater, are you going to be really disappointed if you have Mexican without meat or will you be content for the one meal? As a plant based eater, I couldn't have "just one meal" with meat so I don't want to assume they would be fine with a meatless meal. If I ask, they will say "whatever" because nobody ever wants to tell the host the truth in situations like this. While I wouldn't be thrilled cooking ground beef, I'd do it if most felt it would be a disappointing meal without it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:54 PM   #2
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If someone invites me for a meal, I am grateful for the invite. Meatless lunch is fine. They do know you don't eat meat, right?
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:56 PM   #3
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If they are guests in your home they should be gracious & grateful for whatever is put out for them.

If they know you are veg/vegan/meatless I can't imagine they would expect you to do anything else.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:57 PM   #4
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I have some company coming for lunch. We are plant based eaters and they aren't.

I plan on making Mexican. There will be DIY tacos, burritos, and nachos. I bought cheese and sour cream for them. I will have Spanish rice, black beans, roasted corn, olives, lettuce, guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, onions, and peppers, homemade chunky tomato salsa plus jarred salsa. In addition, I will have Gazpacho soup and either chili or another Mexican soup.

So if you are a meat eater, are you going to be really disappointed if you have Mexican without meat or will you be content for the one meal? As a plant based eater, I couldn't have "just one meal" with meat so I don't want to assume they would be fine with a meatless meal. If I ask, they will say "whatever" because nobody ever wants to tell the host the truth in situations like this. While I wouldn't be thrilled cooking ground beef, I'd do it if most felt it would be a disappointing meal without it.
No meat is fine, but I hope there are margaritas!
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:58 PM   #5
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No meat is fine, but I hope there are margaritas!
Duh! That was a given!

They do know we do not eat meat, by the way.
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Old 04-02-2013, 10:30 AM   #6
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If I had vegitarian or vegan friends I would not ever expect them to serve me meat in their home. I'd be totally fine with it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 12:59 PM   #7
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If I had vegitarian or vegan friends I would not ever expect them to serve me meat in their home. I'd be totally fine with it.
But would you feel obligated to serve vegan to them if you were the host?
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:07 PM   #8
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But would you feel obligated to serve vegan to them if you were the host?
Excellent point. Hmmmm. Never thought about it that way. If i were the host, i'd serve vegetarian. MAYBE one meat dish. Maybe. But as a guest, I would have no problems eating vegetarian or vegan. Its easier to please a meat eater than a vegetarian I think? For obvious reasons of course.
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:16 PM   #9
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But would you feel obligated to serve vegan to them if you were the host?
I think the difference is that some vegetarians are vegetarians for, not just dietary reasons, but also for ethical reasons. So, no, I would never expect (or want) a vegetarian to cook meat for me.

On the other hand, as a meat-eater, if I know a vegetarian is coming to my house, I'll try to have something available for them to eat.

Being a meat-eater doesn't prohibit me from eating a dish that doesn't have meat in it whereas being a vegetarian does prohibit the person from eating meat, & I think that's the difference.

For example, if a vegetarian is dining w/ us (& I know the person is a vegetarian), & I'm cooking something like pasta, I'll have 2 different sauces - a meat sauce & a non-meat/non-dairy sauce - in addition to having salad & bread. If we're grilling hot dogs & hamburgers, I'd also have maybe a pasta salad w/ a oil & vinegar based dressing & a salad with different dressings & toppings available. I might even slice up mushrooms for a topping!
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Old 04-02-2013, 01:25 PM   #10
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But would you feel obligated to serve vegan to them if you were the host?
My front door practically revolves with the amount of people in and out for dinners and weekend parties. If I'm hosting, I'm going to make food that everyone can eat whether that would be vegan, veggietarian or even diabetic. I have no problems doing such things.

When going over to others' houses, I will eat whatever is made simply because I don't follow a specific lifestyle. We eat meat in our house but it's a side item not the main course on the plate.

I find it is no different than when I go to someone's house who cooks in a manner that I don't. We ate dinner recently at a house, where basically was made from pre-packaged foods. We knew that before going to the house and made the choice. Most people know what they are going to be getting when going to someone else's home.
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As another poster said, if you're inviting me for lunch, I'd be eternally grateful and happy enough. That said, in all honesty, I would be missing the meat in my tacos or burritos (I'm fine with meatless nachos).
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Your menu sounds delicious and satisfying. Yum!
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Old 04-01-2013, 04:04 PM   #13
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Anyone can get along without eating meat at one meal. Don't do something you'd prefer not to do. Now if you were planning a fancy sit-down meal for a wedding reception, people might feel otherwise, but for a lunch with friends? It sounds yummy (and if they miss meat, they can stop at McDonald's on the way home).
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #14
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As another poster said, if you're inviting me for lunch, I'd be eternally grateful and happy enough. That said, in all honesty, I would be missing the meat in my tacos or burritos (I'm fine with meatless nachos).
Same. But if the margeritas are awesome I might get over it quickly!
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:47 AM   #15
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Same. But if the margeritas are awesome I might get over it quickly!
Hence the reason why I will offer up the margaritas as soon as everyone walks in the door. Enough of those and nobody will care what I serve!
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