01/28/2014 02:27 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Found out Your Dinner Guests Are Vegetarians? No Problem!


We had some new friends (Babycakes' best friend from school and her family) over for dinner one weekend.

Which wouldn't seem like a big deal, but I found out at the last minute that they were vegetarians. There went my pork tenderloin plans right out the window! Say what?!?! Why didn't I know this sooner? Why didn't I know my child's best friend didn't eat meat? Why did "dinner" just get way more complicated?

So, after I pulled myself together, I went through all of my vegetarian recipes in my mind and decided on Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with carrot and sweet potato fries. Zuppa Toscana was a close second, but we'd been having a lot of soup recently like this one, and this one, and this one. I could've made my new stuffed squash too -- but I figured the kiddos would like the burger/fries combo better :)

Sooooooooo, if you find out your dinner guests are vegetarian, be sure to follow these steps:

  1. Take a deep breath.
  2. Find out which specific dietary restrictions they have -- some vegetarians eat eggs, dairy, honey, etc... some don't.
  3. Search for some vegetarian recipes online.
  4. Think about adopting a once-a-week vegetarian lifestyle yourself. Meatless Monday is gaining huge popularity!!
  5. And if all else fails, just make these burgers. Everyone loves them!

Babycakes and her BFF enjoying said burgers: