For many Canadians, the start of summer means one thing: barbeque season. With the May long weekend just around the corner, many Canadian families are cleaning off the grill, checking the propane tank, and dreaming of slapping a nice sizzling steak over the coals. But for vegetarians, this holiday can be difficult to navigate. While vegetarianism is now a fairly common lifestyle choice, especially among young people, when it comes to hosting there can still be a lot of pressure for vegetarians to accommodate meat-eaters.
While there are any number of tasty vegetarian recipes that are perfect for barbequing, from vegetable kabobs to eggplant, veggie burgers, and zucchini, if you are likely to have non-vegetarians at your long weekend barbeque you may be expected to provide meat options as well. And depending on the reasons behind your decision to choose a vegetarian, this may cause you some discomfort. Not all vegetarians are comfortable going into a butcher shop, and it can be hard to tell if meat sold in a supermarket is sustainable, local, and ethically sourced. Guaranteeing that any meat served is wild-caught, free run, and where possible grass-fed is especially for those who are vegetarian for environmental reasons.
The good news is that meat delivery services like Ontario’s truLOCAL are making it easier than ever for vegetarians to take the uncertainty out of purchasing meat. Instead of visiting your local butcher shop or supermarket, you can simply build a meat box for home delivery online, and with lots of high quality options, you can be safe in the knowledge that not only are you sourcing your food as ethically as possible, you are also purchasing cuts and products like grass-fed ribeyes, buffalo burgers, and gourmet sausages that your guests are sure to get excited about. And an added bonus of a delivery service is that it allows you to order the food for when you need it, so you don’t have lots of meat filling up your refrigerator or freezer.
Services like truLOCAL can also be a major boon for pescetarians who may eat fish but not meat and fowl. Alongside the classic barbeque cuts you will want to serve your guests, you can also order a wide range of wild-caught fish options, from Icelandic cod and Alaskan salmon to pickerel, perch, and even wild-caught shrimp.
The May long weekend is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the warm weather with your loved ones, and you shouldn’t let dietary differences stand in the way of enjoying this holiday to its fullest. With fresh meat delivery options, you can take heart in the fact that you are providing the best possible cuts for the meat-eaters in your family without having to spend time shopping at a butcher or asking uncomfortable questions about sustainable sourcing at your local supermarket. Your dad can have his steaks, you can have your quinoa veggie burgers, and everyone can enjoy the return of summer.