VeggieGal.com provides cooks a blueprint for serving happy, delicious meals to vegetarians and meat-eaters at one table. Through the recipes, menus and blog, you’ll find the information you need so your diversified crowd can gather for a meal they’ll love.
Hi, my name is Lisa Tuck and I am Veggie Gal. When I first went vegetarian, my family thought I had lost my mind, along with my appetite. We grew up in Texas and many members of my extended family hunt and fish.
I, on the other hand, became a vegetarian because I didn’t want to kill anything. My family and friends didn’t try to stop me. They just couldn’t understand why I would want to do such a thing. Many years later, they still don’t understand it, and they still don’t know how to deal with me, especially at meal time.
The dishes I grew up on just don’t work for a vegetarian—my mom kept a can of bacon grease beside the stove and put it in everything from grits to corn bread. (“That’s not meat, honey, that’s flavoring.”) Still today, cooks often don’t realize that all of the ingredients are important. I have been offered Minestrone soup in many restaurants, only to find it is in chicken stock. I have received pasta dishes liberally sprinkled with Parmesan after I have requested no cheese. If cooks identify a problem ingredient, they may not know another vegetarian-friendly one they can substitute. I decided to create a place to provide information to those not like us but who from time to time need to feed us. Thus, Veggie Gal was born.
I’m fortunate to be married to a very supportive non-vegetarian, who loves being the guinea pig for my new recipe ideas, even when they don’t work the first time. Thus, you can rest assured that the recipes and menu suggestions you’ll find on this site have passed the taste test, even when the tasters, like my two stepchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and grandsons are meat-eaters themselves!
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Each month we will bring you breakfast, dinner and special occasion menus starring the foods you are already cooking, and featuring tantalizing new vegetarian dishes to appeal to everyone.