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Menu help please-- starting with salmon chowder?

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Hello, I'm having fish-eating vegetarians (pescetarians?) over for dinner this weekend. I was thinking about starting with a salmon-potato chowder, but then got stuck on a main course:

Stuffed peppers? Is that too "starchy" with a potato soup and then rice stuffed peppers?
Something noodle-y? Same starchy problem?

There's always the option of starting with a different soup and going with salmon as a main course, I guess, but this soup is particularly yummy!

Thanks for your help.

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  1. Why don't you do a very hearty chowder as a main, and have a lovely tossed salad and a spectacular cheese board, that people can enjoy after? You could then have a decadent dessert.

    Chowder always fills me up, and especially in winter, people love to have soup.

    1. Or you could do a CORN-potato chowder, then a baked or roasted salmon dish for the main. And I agree that a nice salad and cheese plattter would work great, too.

      1. I like the salad idea (could maybe add some fresh bread or rolls to go with everything), or you could do a veggie-heavy entree, like a roasted vegetable napoleon or vegetable torta. Cook's Illustrated has a great vegetable torta recipe with layers of roasted eggplant, red pepper, and zucchini, bound with an egg custard blended with a head of roasted garlic, thyme, and a little lemon juice, with a fresh breadcrumb crust.

        1. A roasted vegetable lasagna is not too heavy. Or a spinach and portebello lasagna. Peppers stuffed with quinoa, corn and feta. Sweet potato and black bean burritos. If you want any of the recipes, I'll post them.

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          1. re: eatmyfood

            I like the idea of the first poster with the salad and cheese board. If you really want to keep the stuffed peppers, you could make Giada's Orzo Stuffed Peppers. They are really good and lighter than the rice filled.

          2. Try these sites for vegetarian recipes..

            http://www.vegcooking.com/
            http://www.ivu.org/recipes/
            http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/

            epicurious.com also has alot of really great veggie recipes.....it depends on whether you are exploring a fine dining type dinner, or a casual thing...i love the artichoke and mushroom lasagna recipe from there, as well as the butternut squash and hazelnut lasagna recipes.

            I am one of those vegetarians who occasionally will eat some seafood (i think the terminology is pesca-vegetarian) kind of tend to agree that a salmon chowder is a meal all in itself. There is an absolutlely fantastic mussel chowder on the epicurious site, that is potato free..so not as heavy, and even then i serve that as a meal, with bread, and maybe some salad....along with dessert.