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What is a Romantic Vegetarian Meal?

Tricia Christensen
Updated Feb 29, 2024
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The romantic vegetarian meal is just like any romantic meal, minus the meat. There are many wonderful meals that can be turned into the perfect romantic dinner, breakfast, or even lunch for two. Many of these are based on traditional omnivore meals, but they may need a little more careful shopping and preparation.

The first thing people must ascertain when they want to create a romantic vegetarian meal is what type of vegetarian they’ll be serving. There is a huge difference between preparing a meal for a vegan and for a lacto-ovo vegetarian. With the lacto-ovo vegetarian, dairy, eggs, and byproducts like whey or lactic acid can be used. With the vegan, these things must be strictly avoided, and nothing strikes a death knell to romance quite as much as finding out you’ve surfeited your sweetheart on truly forbidden foods.

With this in mind, people can start planning a great meal. For either vegan or vegetarian, the drama of delicious lasagna with its bright colors and Italian heritage is a great choice. For the vegetarian, be sure to find rennetless or vegetable rennet cheese, and for the vegan, there are some good tofu cheeses that have excellent melting capabilities. Making a homemade sauce is as easy as using canned or fresh tomatoes, garlic, basil, onion, and a little salt and pepper. People can beef up sauce with the addition of a little wine, and though most wines are made with animal byproducts, there are a growing number made without.

A big beautiful salad is the perfect accompaniment to pasta. Consider exploring color with additions like tomatoes in orange or yellow, artichoke hearts, avocados, white or red kidney beans, and yellow chickpeas. An alternative for the ovo-lacto vegetarian is a caprici salad. Make layers of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and fresh basil, dressing them with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Pasta is traditionally served with bread, and people can make their own or find a variety of breads, especially at natural food stores, that will be suitable for the traditional ovo-lacto vegetarian or the vegan. For vegetarians enjoying the romantic vegetarian meal, butter or a high quality olive oil can be used as an accompaniment to bread. Vegans can use olive oil or a variety of vegan friendly margarines.

Most people agree it’s impossible to have a romantic vegetarian meal without something delicious for dessert. Chocolate lends itself to any romantic meal, and there are many wonderful vegan chocolate cake or brownie recipes. The standard vegetarian can usually take advantage of most deserts, provided they don’t contain products like animal gelatins.

While many think of dinner when they plan a romantic vegetarian meal, there are certainly plenty of veggie meals for lunch and breakfast. The vegan could enjoy homemade pancakes, waffles or a number of hot, whole cereals topped with mixed berries. Omelets, french toast, scrambled eggs with soy sausage, or many other dishes could be the perfect vegetarian breakfast. Ultimately, it’s not so much the dish that makes the romantic vegetarian meal, it’s that someone took the time to lovingly prepare it.

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Tricia Christensen
By Tricia Christensen , Writer
With a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and years of experience as a WiseGEEK contributor, Tricia Christensen is based in Northern California and brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her writing. Her wide-ranging interests include reading, writing, medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion, all of which she incorporates into her informative articles. Tricia is currently working on her first novel.

Discussion Comments

By clintflint — On Feb 17, 2014

@bythewell - To me, the most important point is to try and get as much of the cooking done beforehand as possible, especially if there is no comfortable way for the guest to sit in the kitchen. A quick and easy vegetarian meal, which is quickly made so you can spend time with your partner, rather than hiding in the kitchen, is better than a four course meal that you spend all night perfecting.

By bythewell — On Feb 16, 2014

@irontoenail - I think it depends on who you are making it for. If you are the vegetarian and you want to have a romantic meal with your significant other who is not a vegetarian, then I think you will probably want to try and make it as similar to a meat-based meal as possible, without making it seem deficient.

So, some kind of pasta with lots of cheese or mushrooms for texture. I wouldn't experiment with tofu unless you know they like it, because a lot of people are picky about that.

If, however, you are the meat-eater and you're being romantic by making a meal you can share together, then I would look for more quirky vegetarian ideas. Many of the vegetarians I know love being introduced to new recipes, so if you're willing to be experimental (and graceful about it) then you'll definitely win romance points.

By irontoenail — On Feb 16, 2014

There are actually some amazing desserts out there that are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. I have no idea how they manage it, but often they don't even need to be cooked, so they count as raw food as well.

One of my friends is vegan and she's always getting me to try these treats that she makes. I think she's hoping that I'll decide to go vegan as well, but that's not going to happen. I do concede that it would be perfectly easy to make a romantic vegetarian or vegan meal though.

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