You may decide that it will be entirely vegetarian, or that you won’t cook meat but your partner can prepare it.
Figure out what you’re both comfortable with, and leave the guilt trips out of it.
It can’t hurt to pack some emergency snacks for later, just in case. If you’re daunted by cooking with your omni date, don’t overthink it.
Many basic (and delicious) dishes are customizable for anyone’s preferences: just add your own protein at the end.
Since when did you start worrying about my protein intake? I actually don’t think it’s funny to see pictures of dead animal carcasses, so don’t throw them in my face.
) if a well-meaning host accidentally makes your “vegan” dish with dairy. Hey, I don’t like it either when I have to ask for the sausage rigatoni without the sausage. If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend who doesn’t eat meat (or gluten, or orange-colored foods, or whatever), talk about it. Then it will never be an awkward thing or cause resentment or passive aggressiveness. If you know there is chicken in something, tell me. You are used to having lots of menu options; it’d be nice for me to have a few, too. Don’t act annoyed when I have to give the waitress special instructions. People do change their eating habits—most of us weren’t born vegan or vegetarian—but it’s best not to base your relationship on that hope.You can share your love of tofu and nachos loaded with cashew cheese, but resist passing judgment on what your other half orders for dinner. “Sometimes I enjoy our different viewpoints,” says Eisenberg of her current partner.