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Dec 7, 2009 04:29 AM

Need a vegetarian, wheat free main course to go along w/Beef Tenderloin at Christmas!!! Help!

Can anyone help w/ a tasty vegetarian, wheat free main dish to go along w/Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, etc, for Christmas dinner????

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  1. Not sure if this is very "Christmas-y" but my sister is on a GF diet and she really appreciated when I made her eggplant parm with GF bread crumbs (made from rice) since it is hard for her to find that anywhere else. Also a vegetable lasagna with rice noodles would be a good main dish (spinach or butternut squash, etc).

    1. I was going to say a nice roasted vegetable pie, or lazagna, or wrapped in phylo would be delish. Or roasted vegie stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage, although stuffed peppers would be pretty.

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      1. re: lexpatti

        Phylo is gluten free? I have never looked and had written it off as another no go. The stuffed peppers would be delicious and festive.

        1. re: just_M

          I have seen a few recipes as I have friends that are gluten free, let me see if I can find it.

          1. re: lexpatti

            Great! We are newish to GF and this holiday is, well a challenge.

            1. re: just_M

              Traditional phyllo is very much not gluten free.

              1. re: jeremyn

                Excellent!! Thank you, this will be one thing I can do with confidence in our new GF world order. Thanks again. M

                1. re: jeremyn

                  Ha ha ha, got so excited did not see the *not* , just the very much until I excitedly showed the Mr. and he burst my bubble. Darn that dratted reality!

        2. Acorn squash stuffed with quinoa (or rice) and veggies could go nicely with the rest of your meal.

          Tamales are great, can be made vegetarian and gluten-free, and are traditional at Christmas.

          Or, maybe a Thai-inspired dish with rice noodles, or a curry with rice?

          An entree salad with quinoa, black beans and lots of veggies?

          1. All of the suggestions above + Risotto or spanakopita. If you live near a trader Joes, they have a very good already prepared one. It would save you time and it is still good.

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            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              FYI TJs spanakopita is pretty good, but it is definitely not gluten free.

              1. re: milklady

                I did not know that wheat free meant glutten free, thanks for the tip.

                Whole Foods has what I think is a large glutten free section.

                1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                  Gluten free is a bigger category than what free, so I perhaps shouldn't have used that term. But, filo is in spanikopita, and it's made from wheat.

                  Whole Foods definitely has a lot of gluten free pastas and other foods!

                  1. re: milklady

                    We have a friend with a glutten alergy, so I always try to be sensative, whole foods even has glutten free beer. We were recently in Sedona and a pizza place offered glutten free crusts.

                      1. re: milklady

                        It was called It was very good and a nice place to dine with our family.

            2. I think I would follow other posters' lead and stuff something -- a squash or peppers. That would work well with the other sides, and would feel main dish-y. Fillings could be made out of lentils, rice, quinoa, soy meat, veggies or a combo. it sounds like dairy is okay, so topping with cheese would be lovely.

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              1. re: milklady

                If you don't want to make it seem like a 'separate' dish for the GF/veg, I'd suggest trading the mashed potatoes for a potato torte - for winter, I love one layered with butternut squash and feta/goat cheese (any cheese, but that's just me...) We eat this regularly with whatever veggies are rattling in the crisper both as a side and a main.

                1. re: vcavett

                  yum, I just googled some potato tortes as I've never had one - thank you.