Dear vegetarian friends, I’m trying an experiment on my second South America trip…
… to go all-vegetarian for at least one of my daily meals.
Pastel and jugo de maracuya
Arroz con frijoles, ensalata & soja
Poblado, a vegetarian crepe at Crepes y Waffles
Arepas con queiso
On the surface, it seems like a really tough thing to achieve in the land of ‘carne’, yes.
But when you explore a little deeper, it’s easier than you’d imagine.
Here are some ideas and what has worked for me so far:
1. Snack: Pandebonos (cheese filled bread), pastels (fried dumplings), mani (peanuts), arepas con queiso, chocolate
2. Crepes, pizza and sandwiches (‘
con verduras‘ / ‘ sin carne‘)
3. Burritos, nachos and tacos – most Mexican food is veg friendly. Top it up with lots of avocado for a filling meal.
4. Arroz con frijoles (Spanish) / Arroz com feijao (Portuguese) – literally: rajma chawal! The staple diet for most parts of LatAm.
5. Ensalata (de frutas) – (fruit) salad. When you want to specifically mention “no meat” say “
no como carne, solo verduras“.
That’s it. This should sort you out in most parts of South America. I’ll keep adding more ideas here, and do share yours too!
Finally, here’s a GREAT resourceful website to find vegetarian restaurants in cities around the world: