Welcome to my new series specifically focusing on vegetarianism as a traveler across the world. I will discuss what traditional meals are already vegetarian, how to easily make meaty meals vegetarian friendly, and point out some veggie restaurants in whichever location I am discussing this time around. Vegetarians unite! And, even if you’re not vegetarian, I guarantee these meals worth your while (I’ve been a non-vegetarian before guys, and yes I know what steak tastes like, and no, I don’t love it).
1. Fried Okra
Deep- or shallow-fried okra coated with cornmeal, flour, etc., is widely eaten in the southern United States, and it’s naturally vegetarian! Okra is a plant that has edible green pods. Just make sure the okra hasn’t had bacon drippings added to it!
2. Tex-Mex Cheese Enchiladas
Source: That’s Some Good Cookin’
Few things can beat warm, cheesy enchiladas. And yes, cheese enchiladas means just cheesy goodness (and no meat)! These are a Tex-Mex staple, though they are often appetizers. Not a problem, just take the opportunity to share with your friends.
3. Fried Cheese Curds
Source: Savoury Experiments
Adding to the long list of ingredients that can be deep-fried, fried cheese curds are pretty mouthwatering. If you’re a cheese fan like me, you can’t help but eat an entire basket of these things. Simple, yet delicious! And honestly, their bite-size pieces, so it’s not horribly unhealthy… as long as you order them only occasionally.
Modified Texan Dishes
Source: Pardon the Dog Hair
Queso is probably an unofficial state food of Texas. However, traditional queso in these parts seems to have a lot of meat. Lucky for vegetarians though that are all sorts of quesos available and many of them are vegetarian friendly! Look for Chile con Queso, Queso Blanco, or the delicious Queso Poblano at MesoMaya, which blends traditional Mexican flavors like melted Chihuahua cheese, creamy queso blanco, roasted poblanos, fresh corn, and nopalitos. Yum!
2. Vegetable Fajitas
Source: Spice Roots
One of the easiest meat-turned-vegetarian meals is fajitas. Vegetable fajitas are a common option on most menus, and it’s super easy to make in a kitchen. Essential include bell peppers and that fajita seasoning.
1. Cosmic Cafe
Source: Life at 55mph
Dallas definitely has its own repertoire of Indian restaurants. And of course, incredibly vegetarian friendly. Everything on the menu is sure to cure your appetite, and they also serve smoothies and shakes. The restaurant is also a meditation center, so try out some yoga while you’re there.
2. Sundown at Granada
Source: Eater Dallas
A neighborhood beer garden and restaurant, Sundown at Granada has plenty to offer for meat lovers, vegetarians, and vegans! They also serve breakfast and brunch, so don’t miss out on those meals either. Things to try include their Loaded Avocados, Machu Picchu Quinoa Burger, and Big Bend Vegan Benedict Eggs.