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April 1st, 2018

Protein and vegans

 It is truly scary how many people do not know what protein is.

We're going to stay at a hotel for a gaming convention this weekend and my son's girl friend is vegan.

I just phoned the hotel to ask what vegan options they have.  Mixed roast veg with spices and beans. That's the only one.  We're staying there for five days...  At least the beans are protein. Many so-called vegetarian and vegan options are totally lacking in protein.   They removed the meat and assume that vegetarians only need vegetables to thrive.

I've found this problem in past years with many hotels (though they have improved a bit over the years).  I'm not vegetarian myself, but I've been hotel rep for many conventions in the past, and my first move was always to check the vegetarian options as fans have a high percentage of vegetarians.  I also eat about 70% vegetarian, mostly for environmental reasons.

Cooking for vegans isn't that hard, we do it whenever C comes to visit.

It's just knowing what to add.  Nuts, quinoa, buckwheat, tofu, Rice and beans/lentils/chick peas (the combination of rice and beans gives a complete protein), hummus and pita bread (again, the combination is important), peanut butter sandwich.

Also, peas, spinach, kale, sprouts, artichoke, mushrooms are good incomplete proteins that can combine with other stuff.

That's it really.  Just remove meat and dairy and add something else instead.

I'm not sure that chefs have any actual training in food nutrition.

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