With consumers are craving healthy foods more than ever, restaurant operators are turning to fresh produce to meet their needs. This begs the question: how do you feed your vegetarian and vegan guests a balanced meal? There are some essential nutrients (like vitamin B12) that you just can’t get out of a plant-based diet. Nevertheless, it’s still possible for ecologically-minded restaurant owners to provide guests with the healthiest – and tastiest! – possible food. Try offering these healthy, tasty options as entrees, and you’ll appeal to everyone who comes in your restaurant’s door.
1. Put Out A Caul(iflower)
Cauliflower is a great vegetable for vegans and vegetarians to eat regularly. It is low in calories and fats, but proportionally high in protein, making it extremely healthy. And best of all, it’s an extremely versatile ingredient. Cauliflower responds well to almost any seasoning – from curry to Worcestershire sauce – and it can be molded into almost any texture. It’s turning up in pizza crusts, as a rice substitute, and even in sweet smoothies. When prepared with a little creativity, this affordable ingredient is sure to turn heads.
2. It’s All Happening At The Zoodle
Spiralized zucchini was just the beginning. Now guests who follow keto and paleo diets are getting excited about spiralized carrots, potatoes, butternut squash, and even bell peppers. These low-carb, high-nutrient options aren’t just good for people who are watching their weight; they’re also for vegetarians, guests with food allergies, and anyone looking to include more vegetables in their diet. Offering a variety of noodle options at your restaurant also appeals to the younger generations’ obsession with customizing every dish, without breaking the bank. Mix up one type of pasta sauce, and serve it over every kind of noodle – or vegetable – you can find in your kitchen.
3. Meat Cute
If you follow this blog, chances are you’ve read about the Impossible Burger – the delicious, plant-based patty that gives vegans back the taste of meat. But have you heard of vegan butchers? Unlike the large companies that gave us the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger, these smaller stores serve up their own unique blends of meat substitutes on a local scale.
4. Peas and Thank You
Peas, lentils, and other legumes are extremely high in protein. Classic American cuisine often makes these delicious ingredients into an unrecognizable mush – but there are so many other ways to cook them! Chefs around the world use legumes in soups, burgers, and even as a crunchy stand-alone snack. How do these healthy morsels fit with your restaurant’s cuisine?
5. Say Hello to Yogurt!
It’s true, your vegan guests will probably not be interested in yogurt. However, vegetarian guests will recognize this ingredient as one of the best ways to get essential B12 vitamins into their meat-free diets. This delicious fermentation can be a base in any number of sauces and soups.
As your guests get more excited about eating healthy food, it’s up to you to serve a wide variety of options that appeal to every type of diner. Whatever their dietary restrictions, these vegan and vegetarian options will keep your customers happy and healthy for years to come.