We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How Can I Cook for Vegan Guests?

Mary McMahon
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
DelightedCooking is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At DelightedCooking, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A small percentage of the world's population, estimated at approximately two percent, is vegan. They eat a diet without any animal products at all, and may also pursue animal-free sources of cosmetics and clothing. Having vegans over to dinner can be intimidating if you are used to relying heavily on animal products for food sources. With a little ingenuity, you can surprise and delight guests with a feast that may also be able to please the appetites of your meat eating guests as well.

When you are preparing a vegan dinner, there are two primary routes to take. The first is to make a dinner with fake animal products made from soy, nuts, or wheat. Most grocery stores carry soy products fashioned to look and taste like turkey, sausages, ground beef, and a variety of other animal products. Cheeses and milks from soy and an assortment of nuts can also be obtained. Your second option is to cook a dinner without any approximation of animal products: for example, a vegan Chinese or Indian dinner relying on vegetables and grains.

If you want to make a dinner that is familiar for meat eaters, you may want to choose the fake meat route. It is entirely possible to make a completely vegan Thanksgiving meal, for example, with a few small changes. Tofurky or a similar product could be used for the centerpiece of the meal, while you could make mashed potatoes with the assistance of a nut milk and margarine. Sides such as vegetables and cranberry sauce can be easily and quickly made vegan.

For some transitioning vegans, a meal with fake meat products can be very welcome. Many meat eaters also find themselves enjoying approximations of the animal products they love, and the dinner can spur interest and conversation as well as being nutritious and tasty. You can get ideas from the soy aisle at the grocery store, or from the websites of companies that produce artificial meat products. You might find yourself surprised with the range of interesting things on offer.

Ethnic meals without animal products also have their place. India and China have a long vegan and vegetarian history which has resulted in creative and delicious cuisine. Cookbooks for these nations are easy to find, or you can search the Internet for recipes. Vegan Indian food typically incorporates fresh vegetables, protein in the form of chickpeas, and grains such as lentils and rice. Many Indian breads and pastries ranging from naan to samosas are also suitable for vegans. Traditional Chinese cuisine relies heavily on vegetables both fresh and pickled, along with soy products such as marinade tempeh and tofu protein.

There are also a number of vegan desserts, including dairy free ice cream and baked goods, although you can also make your own. Many cookbooks and websites specialize in vegan dessert recipes which you can experiment with in the days leading to your dinner party. In the summer, sorbet and fresh fruit might be sufficient and greatly enjoyed by all. At other times, you might want to experiment with vegan baking, which substitutes a few simple cooking tricks for the animal products traditionally used in baked goods.

DelightedCooking is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a DelightedCooking researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments
By anon44385 — On Sep 07, 2009

An ethnic meal may be the best route for a good cook who wants to offer a vegan meal. Vegan Indian cuisine, for instance, starts with the premise of a vegan lifestyle, and emphasizes hearty, filling dishes. The other advantage of ethnic cuisines is that they are spicy and savory. Sometimes, novice vegan cooks do not know how to season dishes without meat, and the ethnic dishes solve this problem.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

DelightedCooking, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.