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Tripper Mar 26, 2009 08:58 AM

I was preparing to make steaks for a dinner I am having tomorrow when my husband invited two more friends one of whom is vegetarian. My menu so far was: Steak, Greek salad, Parmesan potatoes, asparagus with wasabi mayonnaise. Should I switch to an all vegetarian menu...or make a vegetarian entree for the vegetarian? If I do that any ideas for the vegetarian entree? I bought the steaks this morning...but don't want to make a big deal about her diet choice. Thanks for your thoughts...and any favorite veg entree suggestions you may have.

  1. hotoynoodle Mar 31, 2009 06:29 PM

    i know this is after the fact, but i don't think i would have had all 3 of my sides be so rich -- cheese on the salad, cheese on the taters and mayo on the veg.

    a nice barley or cous cous salad, with small chopped veggies, like cucumbers, red onions, grape tomatoes, olives, chopped almonds and shredded fresh herbs would have been a nice light alternative. not all vegetarians want cheese for dinner and they don't all like mushrooms. they're not generally looking for a meat replacement. portabella mushrooms as "steaks" is very 80s.

    1. kchurchill5 Mar 31, 2009 02:16 PM

      I just made this last night. Roasted asparagus, sliced red pepper and mushrooms in the oven. Some fresh thyme, salt and pepper and tossed with a balsamic vinaigrette, then tossed with pasta, fresh spinach and cheese. Great simple dish.

      1. Karl S Mar 31, 2009 05:59 AM

        Assuming the guests are merely vegetarian and not vegan, a frittata with cheese and roasted vegetables would make a great dinner entree. (So would a cheese souffle.)

        1. Emme Mar 29, 2009 11:07 PM

          If you want to do an equivalent but veggie "meaty" option, you could either do a portabello mushroom cap as suggested, or you could do a tofu or tempeh steak.

          You could, also as suggested, add another veggie dish and up the portions of the rest, just so there's ample if the vegetarian is making a meal of sides.

          You could add stuffed mushrooms, or a squash dish (spaghetti squash with garlic or pesto - i love spaghetti squash, or do roasted butternut squash with caramelized onions and sage); or spinach/broccoli souffle; or stuffed zucchini; or stuffed tomatoes...

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            Harters Mar 29, 2009 02:40 PM

            Cook a couple of large field mushrooms for the veggie. They'll go well with everything else you're having.

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              Tripper Mar 29, 2009 12:17 PM

              Thank you all for your help...went with grilled veggies...Cooks magazine had a good article this month on how to. Put the steaks on a separate platter as suggested. It worked well. The eggplant steaks looked great...will try them another time as I love eggplant.

              1. greygarious Mar 26, 2009 09:22 AM

                The Eggplant Red Pepper Tomato Sauce in Chow Recipes is very good. If you added mushrroms and reduced it so it's a little thicker, it would do double duty as a main dish and a hearty side.

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                  kayEx Mar 29, 2009 12:45 PM

                  I second the red pepper tomato sauce and very filliing as well as a good topper for rice or anything really

                2. MplsM ary Mar 26, 2009 09:16 AM

                  Being a vegetarian I'd feel perfectly happy with Greek salad, Parmesan potatoes and asparagus as a meal. Maybe you could bump up the quantity of all three to make certain the vegetarian will have enough of those goodies to make a meal. If you feel the need for a protein main then Alton Brown's eggplant steaks would work (though skip the Worcestershire sauce unless you have the vegetarian (no fish) variety): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al... These are very easy, good and fun, too.

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                    cheesecake17 Mar 26, 2009 09:22 AM

                    those eggplant steaks look delish.. shame i used up my eggplant last night!

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                      laliz Mar 31, 2009 12:58 PM

                      that's exactly what I thought; salad, potatoes and asparagus will be enough. Most vegetarians make do with what is served and eat what they can, they don't expect the entire meal to revolve around their dietary restrictions.

                    2. kchurchill5 Mar 26, 2009 09:06 AM

                      What I would do is make the steaks and thin slice on a large platter, then may grill some fresh veggies and also put on the platter, so each can take their own and it doesn't look like you just did it for her. Some stuffed portabellos with a little stuffing and fresh cheese would be great slice of cut in quarters. Fish or not, depending on what she eats? The salad and potatoes sound good, but check, cheese can be a factor depending on what she will eat. Go with a great appetizer tray, something simple and quick, Maybe a pesto or some roasted tomatoes on a bruscetta or a chick peas spread with some fresh arugula and sun dried tomatoes. An easy start and you can always put in on the table during dinner which is great..

                      Eggplant, squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions are great with steak, put a small bowl of gorgonzola if they like or you do some herbed butter for flavor and maybe some pesto for a dipping sauce or roasted red peppers. Most can all be done on 1 sheet in the oven for 20 minutes. Nothing fancy,

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                        Chocolatechipkt Mar 26, 2009 09:34 AM

                        Good idea with the grilled vegetables, but I'd put them on a separate platter. :)

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                          kchurchill5 Mar 26, 2009 09:37 AM

                          Pesto (even store bought) is great on egg plant, just sliced and then baked with the pesto. Last 5 minutes add mozzarella fresh and bread crumbs. Bake. Great dish Simple pretty and easy. Just reheat before serving.

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                            KTinNYC Mar 26, 2009 09:46 AM

                            Yeah, the vegetarians I know would rather not have their meals swimming in meat juices. Ummm, meat juices

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                              kchurchill5 Mar 26, 2009 01:27 PM

                              Very true. I usually which I should of mentioned, but as a caterer I just do it. I usually put my roasted veggies on a bed of lettuce when I also add meat to the same plate for just that reason. I like the contrast but realize the juice. I just automatically do that.

                              Good Point. I even do that for my best friend who comes over a lot. He doesn't eat meat but I do.

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                                lgss Mar 31, 2009 05:14 AM

                                No thanks!

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                                  kchurchill5 Mar 31, 2009 06:24 AM

                                  I was in agreement, not disagreeing. I do separate so there are no juices. I use one platter when catering, no juice comes near the vegetables.

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                              LulusMom Mar 30, 2009 11:26 AM

                              As a former vegetarian I can't agree with this point strongly enough. A veg. will very much not want meat juices on their vegetables.

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                              Bigley9 Mar 30, 2009 10:47 AM

                              just have to add that as a former vegetarian with vegetarian friends - if I see one more portabello mushroom cap I am going to SCREAM!

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                                jeni1002 Mar 30, 2009 12:29 PM

                                Hehe, me, too :)

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                                  alwayscooking Mar 30, 2009 12:54 PM

                                  3+ but am happy that they least thought of me (kinda)

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                                    maplesugar Mar 30, 2009 08:27 PM

                                    +4 (but scream with my inside voice) since it's nice they thought of me

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                                  piccola Mar 31, 2009 07:42 PM

                                  Overused as it is, I just can't turn down a giant mushroom -- assuming, of course, that it's cooked properly.

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