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Make-ahead vegetarian meal for a crowd?

kristen3 Feb 3, 2013 09:01 AM

I am hosting my book club on a weeknight (which is, of course, also a work night). Do you have any ideas for a vegetarian meal that can mostly be made ahead of time? My book club ladies are an international group with sophisticated foodie taste :)

I thought about something like mushroom bourguignon, but we'll be eating on our laps, and the sauce would probably be too messy. Same problem with making a huge tureen of lentil soup. I also considered making an Indian curry, which could be thick enough to eat from a tray on your lap, but one of the book club ladies is Indian, and I'd hate to embarrass myself in front of an expert :)

A pan of veggie lasagne would be easy, but maybe a little uninspired.

Any ideas?

  1. enbell Mar 5, 2013 10:31 PM

    Are veggie enchiladas too low brow?

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      FutureChefAdam Mar 5, 2013 05:55 PM

      What about some type of vegetarian taco? My personal favorite is a spiced red lentil filling, like this - http://www.joyofkosher.com/recipes/re...

      You can make most of it (salsas/toppings) ahead of time, and just cook up a pot of lentils when everyone is ready to eat. It usually only takes me about 20 minutes.

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        yashmeen Feb 12, 2013 06:55 PM

        I made this the other night and afterwards decided that the next time I had to bring a dish to a veggie potluck, I'd bring this:


        I added a can of great northern beans, garlic, zucchini and spinach to make it a little heartier, but I think it'd also be good as is.

        1. c oliver Feb 11, 2013 07:10 PM

          How about this Vegetarian Mapo Tofu with Peas?


          I'm making it later this week but it sure sounds good.

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          1. re: c oliver
            c oliver Feb 13, 2013 08:21 AM

            I made this last night and LOVED it!!!! I used Chinese noodes instead of rice. I'm going to be making this a lot
            ETA: Although OP asked for make ahead, this comes together in minutes and the mise en place could certainly be done ahead.

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            adventuresinbaking Feb 11, 2013 07:03 PM

            How about something like empanadas? Or maybe a butternut squash lasagna with a fennel and cream sauce? Or spanikopita? You could also do a mezze platter of hummus, olives and such.

            So many possibilities.

            1. rmarisco Feb 11, 2013 06:59 PM

              what's your book about?? I'd work on a theme.. there's no such thing as a cuisine which doesn't have vegetarian food (except for maybe argentina!)

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                Radha2009 Feb 10, 2013 02:17 PM

                How about mini tofu quiches.

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                  blinknoodle Feb 4, 2013 11:52 AM

                  Idea: Use bowls for your soup/curries/stew ideas. :)

                  Other suggestions:
                  -raw kale salad (I like mine with lemon, shredded beet, almonds and raisins/dried cranberries) - it tastes better as leftovers
                  -dolmas made in advance
                  -instead of Indian, go Ethiopian since it is pretty similar
                  -quinoa or bean salad
                  -no bake chocolate mousse pie for dessert!


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