I’ve been a vegetarian for most of my life, which is no easy endeavor if you grew up in a place like Peru. My country’s fabulous gastronomy is famous for its variety, its freshness, and unique flavors, but it certainly is not famous for being a particularly vegetarian-friendly cuisine. However, with so many years of experience in the art of fishing for vegetarian options within our traditional dishes, (and of creating them where I couldn’t find them), I don’t feel like I have to live a life deprived of Peruvian food just because I don’t eat meat.
Here are a few dishes that vegetarians can enjoy, although meat-eaters are welcome to try them too!
Tallarines Verdes (Peruvian pesto)
Locro (squash stew)