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Industry Spotlight: Vegetarian Cooking

August 31, 2009 Le Cordon Bleu Portland 0 Comments

In addition to other hot culinary trends like organics and locally sourced foods, vegetarian cooking is also taking its share of the culinary spotlight. More and more people are turning to vegetarian cuisine for both health and philosophical reasons. Oregon chefs are also going vegetarian by adding more and more meat and meat product free choices to their menus.

Oregon Chefs Go Vegetarian

If you are cooking in Portland and want to learn more about or go completely vegetarian with your menu, there are easy ways to make the transition.

  • Make vegetarian versions of your favorite meals
    Simply replace the meat products with other sources of flavor and/or protein. Make pizza with soy cheese. Remove the meat from Bolognese sauce and replace with a vegetable medley. Replace butter on bread and potatoes with margarine
  • Explore thousands of delicious vegetarian recipes
    Turn to the Internet for thousands of delicious vegetarian recipes. Libraries and bookstores are also excellent resources. Most of the recipes are close those you are already preparing. They are just made from a vegetarian perspective
  • Try some tasty faux meats and dairy alternatives
    For years the inadequate and poor tasting faux meat and dairy products discouraged people from making a switch to vegetarianism. Today, there dozens of meat and dairy alternatives that are both delicious and nutritious.
  • Explore the amazing variety of meat-free ethnic foods
    Not much in traditional American cuisine is vegetarian friendly. This isn’t so with the cuisines of other cultures. Indian cuisine is filled with vegetarian dishes that started out that way and aren’t trying to replace meat products with possibly inferior alternatives. Other Asian cuisines like Chinese, Japanese, and Thai also have many great tasting meatless choices

Portland Chefs Explore New Territory

Learning how to bring vegetarian cuisine to your personal recipe box need not be a difficult experience. There are numerous ways that you can learn the ropes of vegetarian cuisine. Don’t be afraid to experiment or try new things. Flavor combinations that may not have work with a meat dish may be perfectly compatible when made with vegetables or meat substitutes. Challenge yourself to learning a new vegetarian recipe every week for a year to see how far you can expand your culinary boundaries and make yourself a better Oregon chef.

This article is presented by The Western Culinary Institute. The Western Culinary Institute offers Le Cordon Bleu culinary education classes and culinary training programs in Portland, Oregon. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/ Portland for more information.

The jobs mentioned are examples of certain potential jobs, not a representation that these outcomes are more probable than others. The Western Culinary Institute does not guarantee employment or salary.

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