Dinner Sunday - 1 Eats No Meat, Another Eats No Veg. HELP
- oakjoan Sep 2, 2006 07:43 PM
We're having friends over tomorrow for dinner. One is a Vegetarian and another is a Meatarian. The rest of us are regular Omnivores. I have successfully used Madhur Jaffrey as a guide for these meals in the past.
I have had this combo over for dinner several times before and last time made some fritters (pakoras, spinach/ricotta/feta, etc.) along with a chicken dish and a large salad. I have spent many years attempting to trick the Meatarian into eating stuff like eggplant and spinach by putting them into bite-size morsels that are deep fried. To a large extent it has worked.
Any ideas for the non-meat parts of the meal?
I always make a big dessert in case the mains don't totally satisfy.
Any suggestions appreciated.
How about making one roasted vegetable and one meat lasagne? Both the vegetarian and the meat-eater are happy. Others can pick and choose or take some of each.
Along the same lines as Feed Me, how about some pasta dressed lightly in tomato sauce (or garlic, olive oil and grated parm if the meat eater eschews tomatoes), with sides of meatballs, roasted summer squash, garlic bread, etc? That will cut down on the work for you and still have options for everyone!
Can the vegetarian eat dairy? My uncle use to be a vegetarian until he tasted my Mom's food. But he used to eat veggie lasagna with fake meat. You can also buy canned gluten in an asian market. They got mock duck, but the fried gluten is pretty good and you can cook it like meat with a stir fry.
A simple dish would be stir fried chicken with canned wheat gluten with oyster sauce. Heat a pan/wok. Wait till its hot and add oil. Heat the oil and then throw in ginger (if you don't have ginger throw some wine in later), after tossing it around take ginger out. Throw in cleaned broccoli in and stir fry. After tossing it around (you put wine in now or some alcohol, I may use my leftover bachelor beer now) put in oyster sauce and fried gluten. Put cover on for about 5 minutes. Get corn starch (1 tablespoon) mix with a little cold water. Dump that in and mix and turn off flame and serve.
Even a bachelor can do this. I got fed up because none of my girlfriends can cook.
i think emily post would say as long as you've provided options for both people, you've been a responsible host. i'm a vegan, and when dining at someone's home, i really don't expect too much more than a salad, or i bring my own dish.
that said, i think a mediterranean-style meal would accommodate - and satisfy - the vegetarian well. since you already have madhur jaffrey as a source i think she would probably have something that would fit the bill. some ideas: fattoush, tabouleh, hummus, pita, dolmas. since tomatoes are at their peak, even a simple tomato, red onion, cucumber salad with kalamata olives (maybe a little lemon and olive oil) would be great. i've been into pomegranate molasses lately, too.
Perhaps you are trying too hard to please? I would just serve whatever you wish to serve and think that the majority of your guests will enjoy. Those with constrained diets can choose those items they like and ignore those they don't like. To make it easier for everyone to choose what they like, perhaps you can serve everything buffet or family style. If your guests cannot accept this reasonable approach, then perhaps they are not the type of people you wish to invite into your home.
Grilled fajitas with a fixins bar are great. Then the meat eater can go to town on steak/chicken and the vegetarian can focus on the veges. Self assembly is fun and casual too. Also, most of your work is done in advance so you can enjoy the party.