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Switching to a new diet is the perfect excuse to go exploring for great new food.

Dining Out

It’s never been easier to choose kindness any time we go out to eat.

Most cafes and restaurants offer plant-based options and the few that don’t are generally happy to cater for different dietary needs.

You’ll be surprised at just how many options there are, and before long you’ll know all the best plant-based places in town!

For some animal-friendly recommendations, check out the Vegetarian Society and Happy Cow websites.

Celebrating plant-based goodness

EAT KIND Awards

Since 2017 SAFE has been celebrating World Vegan Day by acknowledging eateries throughout the country who are going above and beyond to offer up the most delicious, innovative plant-based dishes. Discover the winners of the North Island, South Island & Themed Cuisine EAT KIND Awards.

Foods from around the world

Let your tastebuds travel the world without leaving New Zealand! Global cuisine has lots of delicious meat-free meals, just dive in, and find out what the world has to offer.

Indonesian

Delights like tofu and tempeh are Indonesian staples. Tempeh is made with whole, ground, pressed and fermented soybeans. Try fried vegetable rice dishes, curries and stir-fries.

Mexican

Burritos, tacos, nachos, black bean soup, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas … there are so many yummy options at Mexican restaurants. Be sure to ask for vegan cheese and extra veggies, salsa and guacamole!

Middle Eastern

A cuisine full of possibilities. Try protein-packed hummus or tahini, tabouleh or kisir (wheat, chopped herbs and walnuts). Falafel is a perfect and delicious meat-substitute. Smoky eggplant baba ganoush, stuffed vine leaves are more must-tries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with baklava or Turkish delight (usually free from animal products, but it’s worth checking).

Italian

There are endless options for a delicious vegan pizza! Customise your own substituting extra toppings and adding dairy-free cheese. Pasta and risotto don’t have to be cheesy and buttery. Ask for fine olive oil rather than cheese to finish a dish. While homemade pasta may be made with egg, dried pasta is always a safe bet.

Chinese

Traditionally, Chinese food is largely plant-based. From spring rolls, veggie dumplings, sesame noodles, or salads with ginger dressing. You'll find vegetable-packed stir-fries, fried rice (just hold the egg), various noodle dishes - and you can usually add tofu.

Indian

With 40% of the country living meat-free, it's no wonder that Indian food has the most variety of animal-friendly foods. Order curries, dhal, dosa, sambar, or uttapham. Don't forget the chutney! Be aware that some may have curd (yoghurt) or ghee (clarified butter) in them, so just ask to be sure. Check that your chapatti hasn't been brushed with butter. Roti (flatbread) can almost always be made dairy-free.

Japanese

Most famous for sushi, Japan offers a surprising number of options. Try maki rolls, miso, or the various tofu or vegetable dishes. Note that dashi (Japanese soup stock) contains fish extract called bonito, so it's best to check this is left off.

Moroccan

Think spiced roast-veggies, slow-roasted chickpea tagine, couscous, fresh salads topped with roasted nuts and fresh herbs. Moroccan cuisine is a haven for whole-food goodness!

Takeaways

Takeaways can be a quick and easy way to eat on the go

Pizza – Create your own veggie pizza with all your favourite toppings (and ask for dairy-free cheese). Dominoes & Hell Pizza have a growing vegan menu!

Burgers – Grab a veggie burger with chips. Burger Fuel has three great options and the best vegan aioli!

Sandwiches – Most cafés can make you a yummy veggie sandwich, bagel or focaccia. Ask for the veggie patty or veggie delight at Subway

Sushi – Most sushi place offers veggie options. St. Pierre’s is happy to make you a fresh one and welcomes special requests!

Pie – Z Energy & BP stations have numerous options for a vegan taken on a Kiwi favourite

Veggie Wraps or Falafel – Filled with lots of salad, veggies, tahini and hummus

Dinner parties

If you’re invited to a friend’s for a meal, it might be a good idea to let your host know in advance what you eat. It can be helpful to offer suggestions of what they could cook for you, or even better, take along a dish so everyone can try it! Check out our recipes section for yummy ideas on how to impress your friends, and to share how delicious it can be to eat with kindness.

 

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