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Old 09-08-2008, 11:29 AM   #11
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stuffed artichoke too. Pain in the butt to make, but worth it ( at least in my opinion)
Moroccan veg stew served over couscous
spinach pie
quiche
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:33 AM   #12
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nut loaf. Marylin Diamond's recipe, from the American Vegetarian Cookbook.
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Old 09-08-2008, 11:50 AM   #13
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Not sure if you eat seafood/fish and chicken, but I'll toss some ideas out there.

Veggie Stir-frys (add shrimp or chicken), fried or steamed rice, (paht thai) noodle, veggie egg rolls, veggie stuffed potstickers, egg foo yung, soup, salad

Veggie Pizza

Quiche, soup, salad & fruit

Eggplant - stuffed, rollatini, parmesan, etc. I make eggplant balls (in place of meatballs), w parsley, eggs, bread crumbs & cheese - then fry & serve over pasta.

Veggie lasagna with white sauce

Pasta + any veggies of choice.

Croquettes - tuna, chicken, or salmon and white sauce. over buttered parslied noodles.

Couscous salad with cukes, feta, mint, tomatoes etc.

Main dish Salads:
Cobb, panzanella, waldorf (add chicken), crab or shrimp Louis, nicioise, Caesar

Spaghetti Squash

Fish tacos & fries

Perogies with sauteed onions, butter & sour cream

Ravioli or Tortellini Salad
Zesty Ravioli Salad
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:17 PM   #14
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It's easy to get too 'cheesey' when cooking vegetarian. For that reason, I would avoid anything like pizza or lasagne. Stir fries and pasta are good bets as are dishes centered around beans, lentils, etc. Much Indian food is naturally vegetarian.

Also, if you want to be creative, there are loads of good veggie blogs out there. Mine is myveggiekitchen.blogspot.com. There are loads more here. vegweb.com is a recipe sight too.
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Old 09-08-2008, 12:40 PM   #15
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... Also, if you want to be creative, there are loads of good veggie blogs out there. Mine is myveggiekitchen.blogspot.com. There are loads more here. vegweb.com is a recipe sight too.
Great links, Vyapti. Thanks for sharing. Liked almost every recipe I've tried from vegweb. Find myself eating less & less meat per week.
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Old 09-08-2008, 01:24 PM   #16
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Another thought, in many parts of the world, a bunch of sides <is> the meal. You could pick a theme and just have a variety of dishes, many could be made ahead of time.

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Great links, Vyapti. Thanks for sharing. Liked almost every recipe I've tried from vegweb. Find myself eating less & less meat per week.
Thanks. There are some really good blogs, and creative bloggers out there. Once I learned a few tricks, I was stunned at the variety in my cooking as a veg-head =)
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Old 09-08-2008, 06:49 PM   #17
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Wow - Larry had all my ideas before I even thought them

Vyapti is right - sometimes having a lot of side dishes is a great idea!



(have you made sure, as others have suggested, to find out what type of vegetarian you're hosting? If they're vegan, you may have to start over at square one, since you cannot use any animal products/byproducts of any type)
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black eyed bean loaf with mushroom sauce.
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Old 06-22-2009, 08:15 AM   #19
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I've had to make do with a vegan guest a few times ... So .... what I do is make sure that person can make a meal out of the sides, and not put anything in them that doesn't work for them (that is to say, no bacon, worcestershire sauce, etc). Then they can skip the meat or cheese or eggs or whatever that might be the main meal and still get a good meal. Meatless meals aren't that difficult, but when you're cooking for a vegan and another with diverticulitis (as I have many times), yes, provide a few things that they can eat, but you can't make the entire meal centered on their unusual needs/desires.

That said, a Mexican buffet is great. "Taco shells", flour tortillas, tortilla chips, lots of fresh chopped veggies (shredded lettuce, cabbage, diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions), cilantro, salsas (right out of the jar, maybe one green and one red), beans, ground beef, shredded cheese, maybe some sour cream. The vegetarians can easily make a taco or burrito without the meat, vegans can skip the cheese, people can make a taco salad. Everyone puts together their own meal and has fun doing it.
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I've had to make do with a vegan guest a few times ... So .... what I do is make sure that person can make a meal out of the sides, and not put anything in them that doesn't work for them (that is to say, no bacon, worcestershire sauce, etc). Then they can skip the meat or cheese or eggs or whatever that might be the main meal and still get a good meal. Meatless meals aren't that difficult, but when you're cooking for a vegan and another with diverticulitis (as I have many times), yes, provide a few things that they can eat, but you can't make the entire meal centered on their unusual needs/desires. . .
Coming from a vegan perspective, I appreciate the effort when someone is cooking for me, but I don't want them to feel that they have to fret over me and I certainly don't want to impose my food choice on everyone else. If there's something available, I'm happy. Also, it is very common to have some 'just in case' food stashed away somewhere anyway.
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