and P.S. on that, you can’t trick an omnivore into thinking you made something with animal products. If you’re veg*n and they’re not completely braindead, they make the connection that it isn’t an animal product. There are a few people stupid enough to think that a vegetarian would be making beef burgers though, I just get confused when people are shocked that a vegetarian or vegan made something *gasp* without meat.
“Several of you have said “just TRICK them.” What boggles my mind is that it’s so easy for you to say that when you’re trying to push your own views or lifestyle on someone else, however if someone did the SAME thing to you but with meat… it would be the end of the world and you would see them as a very disrespectful person.”
That’s because to “trick” someone into eating vegetables isn’t a big deal since they already eat vegetables, and have no ethical, health, or religious issues against doing so. To trick someone into eating meat is to force them to eat something that they do not eat everyday. There is a HUGE difference between accidentally eating an olive and accidentally eating a chicken.
Most omnivores do not see the way they eat as a belief or lifestyle.
That said, you can’t “trick” someone into eating food. What the hell are you going to do? “Whoops this accidentally fell in your mouth”? And why does it matter whether or not they try your food? If you’re veg*n long enough, they eventually get curious and try some. So just wait, make delicious food, and make them jealous.
Ok, I’ve noticed something here that has really disappointed me….
Several of you have said “just TRICK them.” What boggles my mind is that it’s so easy for you to say that when you’re trying to push your own views or lifestyle on someone else, however if someone did the SAME thing to you but with meat… it would be the end of the world and you would see them as a very disrespectful person.
So how does that NOT make you disrespectful? Respect others’ wishes, views, and lifestyles, just as you would want others to do to you. Just because you see your views as the right way of going about things, doesn’t give you the right to completely disregard others’ way of life.
If you really want them to try the food you make, make a separate dish for you and offer them a taste, or make a vegetable side-dish to go along with whatever the rest of the family is making. If they want to try it, they will.
I’m going with furless girl’s response! I’ve done it a few times and they don’t even notice anything different until I tell them. To open their minds you sometimes have to help them along the way.
I also like Rachel-S’ idea. If they’re hungry and not in the mood to make anything, they’ll at least try it. Plus, everything tastes better when they’re starving! Try not to push them too much because the more you push someone to do something, the less they’ll want to do it.