What NOT To Say to a Vegetarian on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Celebrating with friends and family and watching a good game of football with a full belly is enough to make anyone happy! Some of us, however, end up with emptier bellies than others. These poor unfortunate souls do have a name for themselves: vegetarians.

I’ve been a vegetarian for 10 years, and while I certainly haven’t enjoyed every moment of it, I have never once wavered in my belief that it was the right choice for me. As an herbivore, you become an expert at navigating around a menu that seems to be devoid of vegetables altogether. On Turkey Day, this dilemma is almost unavoidable. If you spend this holiday, or any other holiday, with a vegetarian, here’s a quick list of what NOT to say.


1. “There’s a salad! You can eat that.”

Do I look like a rabbit to you? I know you’re trying to be helpful, but a girl can’t survive on leafy greens alone.


2. “I made the potatoes with chicken broth, but other than that, it’s vegetarian!”

That’s like telling someone with a nut allergy, “Other than the almonds, peanuts, and cashews, this is totally fine for you to eat!”


3. “There’s fish, you can have that!”

I don’t understand what you’re not understanding.


4. “Well, there’s always dessert!”

Actually, this one’s totally fine. Go ahead and say it whenever you want.