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17 Struggles Only Lazy Vegetarians Will Understand

Please don't make me eat eggplant.

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1. Knowing that you'll be having the same thing for dinner that you always do: pasta with red sauce.

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2. Knowing that you will never attempt to cook something that is literally, practically, called "Satan."

Just forget it, I'm making pasta.
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Just forget it, I'm making pasta.

3. Not having even the first idea — and not wanting to find out — what "tempeh" is.

How do you even pronounce this one. I don't care, I don't want it.
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How do you even pronounce this one. I don't care, I don't want it.

4. Being expected to have opinions about kale preparation.

Pass.
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Pass.

5. Feeling the weird, rare obligation to try the new veggie/vegan/wholefood/gluten-free restaurant.

And returning to your favorite grilled cheese place with your tail between your legs.
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And returning to your favorite grilled cheese place with your tail between your legs.

6. Wondering when you missed the vegetarian memo that roasted eggplant was pretty much the main option we'd be getting from now on.

Don't you dare put this on a bun and tell me it's a burger.
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Don't you dare put this on a bun and tell me it's a burger.

7. Knowing you don't get enough protein, so always trying to do that thing of glamorously eating almonds out of a glass dish, like a rich lady.

Surely six or seven is enough for the day.
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Surely six or seven is enough for the day.

8. Deciding you can probably get all the nutrients you're missing out on from these.

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9. Explaining to people that this is a perfectly valid and respectable vegetarian lunch.

It is also what 8-year-olds eat for lunch.
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It is also what 8-year-olds eat for lunch.

10. Wishing your veggie burger didn't have to come with so many...veggies...on it.

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11. Knowing the sad truth every time someone's like, "Wow, vegetarian? You must eat so healthy."

"Yeah ... totally."
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"Yeah ... totally."

12. Convincing yourself you are somehow more morally deserving of frequent desserts.

And not realizing this is not how calories work.
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And not realizing this is not how calories work.

13. Developing a close, clingy, desperate relationship with the bread basket.

Excuse me, how many refills do we get on this? Can we finish other tables' if they don't want them?
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Excuse me, how many refills do we get on this? Can we finish other tables' if they don't want them?

14. Having to pay a million extra dollars for cage-free eggs and veggie burgers.

(Because you don't know how to make anything tasty without them.)
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(Because you don't know how to make anything tasty without them.)

15. Seeing that the only veggie option at the restaurant is a "Mixed Greens Salad"...

Cool, I'll be hungry again before I'm even done.
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Cool, I'll be hungry again before I'm even done.

16. ...and being like, "I GUESS I'll just get French fries."

You and I both know neither of us views this as a burden, pal.
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You and I both know neither of us views this as a burden, pal.

17. Genuinely worrying about how much pizza you consume.

But I guess that's a problem for almost everyone.
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But I guess that's a problem for almost everyone.

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