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My son, The Lima Bean has a new squeeze. The Gnat is coming to stay this weekend.
She's vegetarian, but does eggs and non-rennet cheese.
I've done the ubiquitous tomato/veggies on pasta, rissotto and frittata, and I'd like to try something else.
We're all HUGE carnivores, so my veggie recipes are pretty basic.
Gimme your WOW veggie recipes, remembering it the middle of Summer, here in Australia!!
Here is a risotto recipe I like to make. Perfect in the summer. Not sure if you can use the goat cheese, but I'm sure there are vegetarian cheeses you could use.
Take about half a bag of frozen mini peas (yes I'm sure you can use fresh if available) and boil in salted water for a minute or two. Add around 2 cups of basil to the water and cook for a second. Remove basil and peas and puree in a blender. Set aside.
Sweat a couple of thinly sliced leeks, a few shallots, few cloves of garilc, and a onion in olive oil and butter. Add rice and toast. Add 3/4 to 1 cup of white wine (I use a Sauvignon Blanc). Add as much broth by the 1/2 cup fulls as it can handle. Add in the pea mixture, a cup or so of frozen peas, a log of goat cheese, and a few tablespoons of chopped up taragon. Let it rest for a minute or two before serving.
I usually add some cherry tomotoes around the risotto to serve.
Ratatouille w couscous, red pepper onion tart with a big hearty salad, mushroom tart or a veg quiche, a veg terrine?
Or what about a mediterranean theme of small plates: hummous, roasted veg pate, bean salad, babaganoush, mushroom or eggplant salad--all served with delicious fresh breads and pita. yummmm.
Make your own pizzas with a green salad to eat while they bake.. make her work for food! ;)
That way you can get meat if you want.. and she need not.. and you can use whatever cheese you want while she will get her own special cheese.
That or grill veggies / meat on a grill, leaving her a special meat-free section.
Ah, welcome to the club. However, I'm the other way, my offspring is the vegetarian and the new girlfriend is an omnivore, as are DH and I. They visited last weekend, and I made lunch. Offerings were croque madam, a room temp pasta salad with kalamata olives, fresh tomato, sun dried tomato, mozzarella cheese (which you'd omit) and fresh basil, and dessert were simple oatmeal, white chocolate, macadamia and dry cranberry cookies. It was a success. Another favorite of the offspring is just pasta, with roasted tomatoes (small size), greek olives, and basil, with fresh bread.
Not sure how wow you want to go, but seeing that it is summer there I think Mexican could be a great theme. Fresh margaritas, roasted vegetable enchiladas with mole sauce with a side of seasoned black beans and fresh guacamole. I personally don't believe enchiladas must have cheese if the filling and sauce are fresh and tasty.