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How to eat vegetarian while traveling

Thai Noodle Bowl
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Many beginner vegetarians have a difficult time when it comes to dining out, especially when traveling outside their home town. It can be frustrating trying to stick to your lifestyle choice when restaurants are unfamiliar. The good news is, it is not as hard as you might think. By seeking out a certain variety of ethnic dining, you are sure to find many vegetarian choices. Try a few of these suggestions in this list but don't stop there, explore Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese and Indian food for even more options!

Need more vegetarian cooking ideas and travel tips, check out more from me at Busy Vegetarian Mom, Daily Dish Magazine and Mama Needs a Vacation.

Italian Food
Italian Food Tracy Iseminger

Italian Food

Italian is one of the easiest choices in finding a variety of vegetarian options in dining.  With a variety of pasta dishes served with meatless sauces and vegetables, you will surely find something that fits your diet needs.  Do ask your server when ordering to confirm your sauce is vegetarian as sauces such as puttanesca can sometimes be made with anchovies.

Artisan Pizza
Artisan Pizza Tracy Iseminger

Artisan Pizza

You can always easily find pizza restaurants from big chains to local artisan pizza shops everywhere you go.  You can order a simple veggie pizza or if you visit a specialty restaurant, you may find options of butternut squash, fresh basil, arugula, and more.  Be adventurous and you will love the new flavors pizza has to offer.

Thai Food Establishments
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Thai Food Establishments

Almost every dish in a Thai restaurant can be made vegetarian or vegan.  Most likely you will be given the option to substitute any meat for tofu instead or ask for extra veggies in place of meat.  With so many flavor options, Thai food never gets boring.

Mongolian Stir Fry Grills
Mongolian Stir Fry Grills Tracy Iseminger

Mongolian Stir Fry Grills

Mongolian grills offer something for everyone and is a perfect choice for vegetarians.  Opt for all varieties of veggies grilled with rice noodles for a hearty meal.  Most grills offer a variety of sauces and can make it mild to super spicy depending on your taste.  This is also a great family fun option as kids love to pick out their own veggies and see the food cooked right in front of them personally. 

Mexican Restaurants
Mexican Restaurants Tracy Iseminger

Mexican Restaurants

Mexican restaurants can offer a variety of vegetarian dishes in many forms, from simple rice and beans, to gourmet burritos and tostadas.  Many will use broccoli, zucchini, spinach and carrots in their vegetarian options, while some get more adventurous and use ingredients such as butternut squash.  

Local Vegetarian Restaurant Listings
Local Vegetarian Restaurant Listings Tracy Iseminger

Local Vegetarian Restaurant Listings

By doing a simple local restaurant search using the terms vegetarian and/or vegan, you will come up with a spectacular list of specialty dining options that will offer unique food choices.  For instance, Cafe Flora in Seattle is dedicated to providing not just vegetarian recipes, but vegan, and gluten free as well.