The blissful days of being a newly married bride are over and now you are expected to enter the kitchen and whip up some amazing meals to impress your
in-laws. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? But what if your in-laws and hubby are non vegetarian and you abhor meat? Let’s find out what a vegetarian bride can do to please her non-vegetarian family.
Never be judgmental
Firstly, choosing to be a vegetarian or non vegetarian is a matter of personal choice. Never judge anyone on eating habits. Don’t make a face when your family is relishing their meal. Though you may want to create a few boundaries, never let them break apart your family. Also, never preach or force your opinions on your family members. Many brides make the mistake of pointing out how her family is being cruel to animals or how non-veg food is unhealthy. If you do this, your family will start resenting you and start maintaining a distance from you. Food should never be a point of contention in your family.
One of the simplest things that you can do for your peace of mind is cook veg and non-veg meals separately. Having separate vessels will ensure that you don’t have to give up on your beliefs. Always try to create a middle ground rather than throwing tantrums.
One of the biggest grouse that brides have is that they have to cook two separate meals for their family and this can be really time consuming. So how do you get past this barrier? Well, learn how to cook cleverly. You can make a makhanwala gravy and put them to separate containers. Add paneer for yourself and chicken for the rest of your family. Similarly, while making biryani, keep some aside for yourself before adding mutton in theirs. You can learn newer cooking techniques which will help you cook veg and non-veg meals without any fuss at all. You can also encourage your family to eat veg meals with you once in a while.
Live and let live
Never fight when it comes to food. Many brides don’t wish to touch meat products and create a lot of fuss when they see meat stored alongside vegetables. You need to understand that before you came along your family was accustomed to a certain way of living. Don’t expect them to change overnight.
Things to do:
- Take your mother- in-law in confidence and tell her that you are uncomfortable about certain things.
- Chalk out a plan together and create a separate place for storage of meat and veggies. If possible, invest in a mini fridge to store your food.
- When you go out with your family for an outing always go to a place that serves both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals.
- Your in- laws and husband will definitely appreciate your gesture and the next time around they might especially go to veg. restaurant just to please you.
So what tips do you have for our newlywed vegetarian bride? Share your tips and tricks in the comments section.