Vegetarian Options

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Lemoncakeface Posts : 33 Registered: 11/13/09
Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 1:00 AM

I'm having a Southern themed menu for my reception but have no idea of what to offer as a vegetarian option that doesn't seem like "just a side dish."

Any ideas?

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MissApril Posts : 276 Registered: 1/21/09
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 7:13 AM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

Try and find a caterer that's experienced with soy and/or tofu. People eat meat for the texture, usually and don't even realize it. Breading and seasoning make a flavor. You can do soy "chicken" or "beef" or "sea food". (Also, fried tofu tastes like French toast. Just throwing than out there.)

You shouldn't have too much trouble finding something. I'm out the door for work in a few minutes but I'll come back later with more ideas.

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CatStandish Posts : 2,766 Registered: 6/20/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 8:14 AM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

One definite food choice that is NOT a side dish (though it often saddles up as one) is Mac and Cheese. Just be sure your caterer does not use bacon, ham, etc in the preparation.

Pineapple and Cheese casserole are defintes as are fried veggies--of course, those really are side dishes.

I'll do some pondering too and come back if I think of something There is a book on Amazon called Cooking Southern-vegetarian recipes. Tofu is not your only option...look into Eggplant too.

Misty

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 8:23 AM Go to message in response to: CatStandish

Speaking of eggplant - an eggplant parm or an eggplant like lasgana is a nice option.

 

 

 

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BrighterThanSun... Posts : 853 Registered: 10/17/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 9:20 AM Go to message in response to: CatStandish

To make mac and cheese you would have to serve it with something else on the side. Some green beans? Collard Greens?

Another southern option could be vegetarian chili with biscuits.

There are always the classic 'parmesans'--eggplant or broccoli parmesan.

There is also stuffed eggplant which is always very substantial and packed with different flavours and nutrients.

Or you can subsitute into a meat meal either a soy or tofu product OR portobello mushrooms.

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 10:22 AM Go to message in response to: BrighterThanSun...

mmmmm portobello mushrooms - I've been known to chose the vegetarian option when it's portobello mushrooms. :-)

 

 

 

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BrighterThanSun... Posts : 853 Registered: 10/17/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 10:31 AM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

Yepppp.

I know so many great recipes to do with portobello mushrooms-or just mushrooms in general.

Wild mushroom risotto.
Goat cheese and portabello tarts
Veggie stew with mushroom dumplings
Warm grilled portobello salad with roastic garlic and goat cheese on greens (substantial main course) with a warm dressing

Or even just grill off some big portobellos instead of having a steak.

I've had chicken fried portobellos (just in referene to your southern menu) and they were fantastic. Serve that up with some potatoes and side seasonal vegetables.

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Lemoncakeface Posts : 33 Registered: 11/13/09
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 1:07 PM Go to message in response to: PharmToxGirl

These are great ideas.

I think we are going to go with Mac and Cheese but stuff it full of tasty veggies!

Tomatoes, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and spinach with whole wheat macaroni, sharp cheddar, and a crumb topping.

Thanks so much

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PharmToxGirl Posts : 5,446 Registered: 8/30/07
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 1:17 PM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

That sounds delish to me!

 

 

 

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myras Posts : 396 Registered: 2/26/10
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 9:09 PM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

There are many variations of vegetarianism, so it would help if you knew exactly what your vegetarian guests will and won't eat. Some people just will not eat meat, but will eat fish (so, you could get away with a fish alternative). Some will not eat any kind of animal flesh, meat or fish, and then again, some are vegans and will not eat any kind of animal product (eggs, dairy, etc.), so even an eggplant parm would not work for the latter group. One idea is to have stations, including a pasta station. Starting with pasta and a couple of basic sauces (tomato, alfredo), people then can add in whatever they like--veggies, shrimp, chicken, etc. I have attended weddings with stations, and people really seem to go for the pasta station above all others. The same could be done with a taco station--veggies for all, with meat added in for those who want it.

Edited by: myras on Sep 29, 2010 9:09 PM

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Lemoncakeface Posts : 33 Registered: 11/13/09
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 11:15 PM Go to message in response to: myras

We have:
Grits bar station. It is going to have shrimp, green onions, cheese, butters(normal and herbed), grilled veggies and bacon.
Brisket
Chicken and Gravy with Rice
Veggie Mac and Cheese
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Almondine
Salads
and a Bread bar (my fiance is a breadophile)

I'm hoping with the grits and the mac and cheese my vegetarian guests will feel well fed and know that their dinner options weren't an afterthought.

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BrighterThanSun... Posts : 853 Registered: 10/17/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 29, 2010 11:39 PM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

is the sweet potato casserole veg?

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Lemoncakeface Posts : 33 Registered: 11/13/09
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 30, 2010 12:20 AM Go to message in response to: BrighterThanSun...

Yea

its my grandmother's recipe.

Baked sweet potatoes
Grilled onions
Cream
Butter
Topped with chopped pecans and flash fried onions

not vegan but vegetarian

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BrighterThanSun... Posts : 853 Registered: 10/17/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 30, 2010 12:33 AM Go to message in response to: Lemoncakeface

So vegetarians can eat:

Mac and cheese
Grits w/o the shrimp
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Almondine

I would be one happy vegetarian at your wedding! I am positive that vegetarians wouldn't feel like an after thought.

The Grits bar is such a great idea!

As long as you don't have any vegans, you are golden.

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CatStandish Posts : 2,766 Registered: 6/20/08
Re: Vegetarian Options
Posted: Sep 30, 2010 8:11 AM Go to message in response to: BrighterThanSun...

Everything but the Mac & Cheese sounds delish to me. I'm a M&C purist... I don't want anything BUT mac and cheese in my mac and cheese, so the veggie loaded would make me pass right on by it. (I like it both with the cream base and the 'custard' base...but I don't like anything else in it).

Of course, I'd happily hang out in other sections.

Misty

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