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Nov 4, 2013 01:12 PM

help - need meatless meal ideas

I have family who will be visiting us for 6 days. One guest is a vegetarian (no meat, but does eat dairy). I need ideas for meals we can ALL eat. I can't be serving mac & cheese for 6 days straight.

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  1. Hi Lois.
    Eggplant parm springs to mind.
    Vegetarian stuffed zucchini (decent recipe here:
    )A big Greek salad with plenty of good olives and Feta, feta feta
    Take out Chinese one night...I love salt-and-pepper tofu and kung pao tofu
    Chiles rellenos
    Veggie topped pizza

    1. I made roasted eggplant stuffed portobellos last week that were so good we're having them again this week. If that sounds interesting to you I'll write out what I did.

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        1. re: i_am_Lois

          We're both meat eaters and we found it filling and satisfying. This is what I wrote in the WFD thread after I did it: You could use any seasonings and a number of different cheeses depending on your own tastes. It would have been pretty on a puddle off tomato sauce with fresh chopped herbs over it, too.

          The eggplant (Ichiban, not that it matters,) was poked with a skewer and baked on a sheet pan in a 400 degree oven until very soft, deeply browned and a little smoky. Onions were caramelized on very low heat and just before done had chopped garlic and za 'atar added as well as a grind of salt. Chopped dehydrated black cherry tomatoes from my freezer stash were added with the chopped up eggplant flesh (no skins,) and the whole thing was cooked over low heat until a good amount of the liquid was absorbed. Once cooled a few minutes some feta was stirred through.

          In the mean time, the portobellos were cleaned of the stem and gills and cooked in the 400 degree oven for a few minutes (just so they would release liquid and wouldn't require much more cooking time. They were well drained and blotted dry before filling with the eggplant mixture. The oven was cranked up to broil and the mushrooms, topped with the eggplant mixture and a good sprinkle of feta (so it would get those pretty browned edges on the crumbles,) went back in for a few short minutes. An extra sprinkle of sumac over the stuffed mushrooms and the asparagus that cooked along side them when broiled. It was greater than the sum of it's simple parts.

          1. re: weezieduzzit

            Thanks Weezie. I gotta save and try this one. Sounds sooo good!

          1. Is it possible to make a lot of side dishes to go with a meat dish? That way, the vegetarian won't feel slighted, but the meat eaters will also get what they like.

            For instance, with a roast chicken, you can make mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives, roasted vegetables (or grilled, depending on your locale) comprised of zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, green beans, carrots, etc., and a side salad with a vinaigrette. Dinner rolls alongside, and it gives everyone a lot to choose from.

            I do like the idea of takeout Chinese for one night as well as veggie-topped pizza. Perhaps a make-your-own pizza night, where everyone gets to choose their own toppings?

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            1. re: LindaWhit

              You'd need to add another non-meat protein for it to be a complete meal for the vegetarians.

              1. re: weezieduzzit

                A salad, perhaps one with chickpeas or kidney beans, mashed potatoes and roasted assorted vegetables, and rolls wouldn't be deemed enough by vegetarians?

                Perhaps a pasta?

            2. Take it from my decidedly carnivorous family - lentil tacos are great (I like this recipe - - use vegetable broth of course! - but I don't use low fat anything). I also prefer to make fry bread instead of tortillas or taco shells.

              Potato-leek soup is always a winner, too.

              Double-check if maybe they're lacto-ovo vegetarians, if so, that opens up egg dishes, as well. (And also double-check their preferences on fish.)

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              1. re: shanagain

                Or a taco/fajita bar where everyone can add what they like.