More and more people are embracing a vegetarian diet, whether it’s for health reasons, to reduce their environmental impact or because they’re concerned about animal welfare. That means it’s pretty likely someone at your holiday dinner table will be opting out of the meaty main. Not sure what to serve? Our crowd-pleasing recipes and tips will help you make guests feel welcome and comfortable, and ensure they enjoy a satisfying meal.
Three Types of Vegetarian Diets
It’s no surprise that vegetarians don’t eat meat, but you may not realize that there are various types of diets that fall under this term.
- Lacto-ovo (or ovo-lacto) vegetarians consume both dairy and eggs; this is the most common type.
- Lacto vegetarians consume dairy but avoid eggs.
- Ovo vegetarians consume eggs but avoid dairy.
Since different vegetarians follow different rules, always ask what’s on their do and don’t lists before you decide what to serve.[
Wait! What About Fish?
Don’t rush to dust off your salmon poacher just yet. It’s a common misconception, but vegetarians don’t eat fish or shellfish, either. People who follow a mostly vegetarian diet but also consume seafood are called pescatarians.