I am genuinely puzzled I've read this thread from beginning to end, and looked at what is on offer to the vegetarian and whilst it may seem like an oxymoron, the thing missing from vegetarian meals appears to be meat. Okay, so that may sound facetious, but I don't mean it to be. What I mean is, you're trying to come up with a tasty meal, which to quote the OP is for the refined palate, but its missing the vital ingredient and the part of the menu that equals a human diet. You can argue that you're vegetarian through medical grounds, which without studying the current medical science extensively would appear to be valid. But if you're vegetarian to protect the animals from slaughter, surely that means that anything leather is off the table? Leather is a byproduct from the harvesting of meat, so no leather at all? This leads to a greater question of extinction. We all frown at the extinction of a particular animal, whether it be the Dodo or the Rhino. Chickens aren't at risk of being extinct, neither is the pig. The cow doesn't look like it will disappear into the history books, and it could be argued successfully that the duck won't be joining the ranks of 99.9% of animal species that have ever lived on this green and blue ball. And why? Because we eat them. If we ate some of the world's endangered species, we would in fact be saving them, because we'd farm them. We'd breed them, take care of them and raise them. Ensure there were enough of that species left to produce more. So Snow Leopard Stew would save them. Penguin burgers would ensure their survival. With the exception of fish, we'd save the species that are currently endangered simply by adding them to the menu. Leave aside the horror stories that we'll run out of space for the animals, that we won't be able to produce enough meat the west of Russia has enough land to feed the world's meat production for the next 500 years even at current population growth projections and without supplementing the diets of meat eaters with insects as has been suggested. Realistically at the current rate of technology, we won't even be hosting the human race exclusively on Earth in 100 years anyway. Burnt BBQ sausages and chicken nuggets argument to one side, why abandon meat at all? Why not expand what we eat? Dogs, cats or perhaps even take advantage of the explosion in polar bear numbers? Eat a tiger, an elephant or a bald-headed eagle, because the moment they are eaten by the majority, they will be spared extinction. They will live on through the farming industry caring for them after all if they die out, no more elephant kebabs. No more mountain gorilla steaks . and no more leatherback turtle nuggets! So I'll end as I began, I am truly puzzled. What is the benefit to the animals of this planet to become a vegetarian?