Enjoy Pizza Delivery Without Sacrificing Your Plant-Based Lifestyle Or Your Friends' Meaty Habits
As a vegan, ordering pizza with meat-eating friends can be a bit stressful. You may worry about not getting enough to eat yourself, or being so pushy come order time that your friends are put off and end up eating something they don't really want to. Here are a few things you can do to enjoy pizza delivery without sacrificing your vegan lifestyle or the eating habits of your friends:
Order Toppings Separately
If there aren't enough people in your group to warrant ordering a completely plant-based pizza in addition to ones the majority want, compromise with the group and order one pizza plain with just marinara sauce, with a variety of toppings on the side. This way each person can add the toppings of their choice and your pieces won't be exposed to any animal foods or byproducts like cheese and pepperoni. In addition to the meat and cheese toppings your friends want, make sure a couple veggie toppings such as mushrooms and olives make it on the order so there are at least a couple things you can top your marinara pizza slices with.
Focus on Side Dishes
Focusing on the side dishes is one of the easiest ways to make sure you get enough to eat if the pizzas you and your friends order end up being filled with meats and cheeses in the end. By making sure that a salad, some plain breadsticks, and a veggie sandwich are delivered with the pizzas, you'll have a variety of options to delve into while everyone else enjoys the stuff you're not interested in. Make sure that extra salad dressing without dairy is included in the delivery so you can use it to dip your breadstick and sandwich in.
Stock Your Own Toppings
If you know ahead of time that you and your friends will be ordering pizza, take the initiative to stock a few pizza toppings and sides of your own so they're available when it's time to eat. If you'll be eating at someone else's house, pack a bag with a few sliced and sautéed veggies like onions, bell peppers, and spinach. Bring along a pouch of dairy-free cheese. Include a favorite salad dressing and some chocolate for dessert. Make sure there's enough to share, because your friends may want to embellish their own pizzas with the extras you bring along.
Making use of these tips and tricks should help ensure that everyone including yourself enjoys their pizza delivery experience and is fully satisfied when all is said and done.