For what seems like the billionth time, a photo has surfaced on the internet of a poor, unsuspecting plant-based eater being served a vegan meal gone horribly wrong. If you are somebody who follows a vegan diet, you know this dilemma all too well: you order the one vaguely appetizing sounding vegan item off the menu, only to be sorely disappointed by your meal.
Gabbie Jarvis’s sister is the latest victim of the public’s misconception of vegan food, and what an acceptable meal consists of. Mashable reports that Jarvis was vacationing with her little sister in Malaga, Spain, when her sister made the horrible mistake of — gasp! — ordering a meal without any animal products in it.
“Out for tea and the restaurant claimed they catered for vegans, this was my sister’s amazing vegan meal,” Jarvis tweeted.
Goofs like this are unfortunately pretty common. While Jarvis’s sister was reportedly charged around $8 for her plate full of quartered tomatoes and rings of raw red onion, she actually didn’t have it so bad compared to other folks.
Does anybody else remember the poor girl who was given a bouquet of raw kale from her misguided, albeit well-intentioned, beau?
Or how about the Reddit user who ordered the “Vegetarian Oriental” meal option on a long plane flight, only to be presented with this sad gathering of raw vegetables to tide him over until landing?
“The oriental part was the Chinese celery,” the Reddit user posted despondently.
Why is it that the general public still clings to the belief that vegans subsist on a diet of lettuce leaves and raw, sometimes wilted, scraps of various vegetables? The truth is, one in ten Millennials now identifies as vegan, and one-third of Americans actually choose to leave meat off their plates when dining out. Plant-based eating isn’t just a fringe diet, anymore: it’s the delectable sustainable food of the future.
To prove that vegans enjoy a flavorful and varied diet, we’ve compiled a list of a few different recipes we found on the Food Monster App that features some of the ingredients found in the sad photos above and shows you how to transform them into desirable meals you’ll crave again and again.
Raw tomatoes get a colorful, fresh upgrade in this Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts recipe by Nathalie Fraise.
We pity the chef who actually believed that those raw, quartered tomatoes served to Jarvis’s sister could ever hold a candle to these raw tarts that capture all the best flavors of summer, yet require no roasting and also remain gluten-free and grain-free.
For a vegetable-heavy Asian dish done right, look no further than this Bibimbap for One by Parsley Vegan.
Or this colorful, gluten-free Sweet Potato Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing by Rene Barker.
…Or this gluten-free Indonesian Macro Bowl by Leno Regushadze. Are you catching our drift?
If you’re going to feature red onions as a main component of your dish, why not make them palatable? Few people enjoy gnawing their way through a hunk of red onion on its own, but we could definitely see ourselves enjoying this Curry Roasted Cauliflower and Red Onions dish by Molly Patrick, or these Jackfruit Carnitas With Pickled Red Onions by Cruelty Free Family.
We hope plant-based eaters get a good laugh out of these restaurant horror stories and keep themselves comforted with the knowledge that soon, more eateries will begin catching on to just how fantastic vegan food is, and start serving delicious, affordable plant-based meals to their happy customers.
Until then, we highly recommend checking out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to ten new exciting, flavorful, vegan recipes per day. Check it out!
Lead image source: Indonesian Macro Bowl