Vegetarian House Guest

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I've having a house guest for a couple days and they are vegetarian and prefers dished where cheese isn't required. So they would avoid pizza and instead go for thai. they also don't like fake meats. This person is all about eating more fruits and veggies than they are about replacing meat with fake meat

While I know they will be flexible, I would still like to have some recipes/meals in mind.

any suggestions?

I think I will try this vegetarian tian, but that's the only dish I'm certain of

That's pretty much how I eat most of the time. I do eat cheese, but I'm lactose intolerant, so I will often try to minimize it.

I would encourage you to look into legumes, nuts and tofu for ingredients. They're going to need some protein.

Do they eat eggs? Yogurt?
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When we had a vegetarian foreign exchange student living with us, we often made pasta with a seasonal, sauteed vegetable mixed in. That was usually a crowd pleaser for just about everyone in the family. Of course, it was more enjoyable with cheese (mmm... some Pecorino Romano shredded over top), in my opinion - but as long as there was some other flavorful stuff in there, I think it would still be good.

Also, given that this is great grilling weather, grilling a bunch of veggies on skewers sounds great right now, too... Mushrooms, peppers, cherry tomatoes, onions, etc. Maybe with a side of diced potatoes, also on the grill!

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Quinoa patties (or cakes)
Lentil dishes
Portobello dishes (maybe a portobello Wellington)
Pasta primavera

The other night my husband ordered a spring pea & artichoke risotto at a restaurant. It was likely made with chicken stock so I didn't try it, but it could be easily replicated with a veggie stock (I prefer Better than Bouillon vegetable base)

These are just ideas to get you going. I know others will post some good recipes there is a "tried and true vegetarian recipes" thread in the recipes board too.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
I've never known anyone to eat fake meats..ew, I tried it once and don't understand that concept at all.

Do they eat tofu?

Indian and East Asian cuisines are my favorite for vegetarian food. Next is pasta. But my favorite pasta dishes have cheese. I like the dry ones too though.
A panzanella salad would be a good addition to a lunch or dinner!
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
Banh Mi sandwiches with tofu.

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I'm not so sure about tofu, but they do eat eggs, yogurt, beans. They gravitate to all things "plant-based".
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Pecorino Romano
Originally Posted by SCG
How have I not known about this cheese??? I picked it up a few weeks ago thinking it was parmesan...OMG!!! So yummy! Have had it with pasta a few times, then served it with honey on a cheese platter Saturday night and everyone commented on it. So Good!!!!!
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Rice and beans, dal (I make this one, but with an entire head of cauliflower), stir fry, Asian noodle bowl, veggie burgers (I love these), vegetable nuggets or fritters - I love zucchini or cauliflower fritters, soup, pasta with veggies, hummus/veggie pizza, pizzas without cheese, pasta with tomato sauce and plenty of vegetables tossed in, and dishes with eggs as the main star. I make an "eggs benedict" with steamed asparagus and chopped tomatoes instead of the Canadian bacon. Eggs in purgatory, curried eggs, eggs and wild mushrooms over polenta (I stir spinach into my polenta), huevos divorciados, or something nut based like a nut roast.

My sister in law is a vegetarian, but my niece has a dairy allergy, so she eliminated dairy for now. I cooked her quite a few dishes when I was visiting.

I love this website too The Clean Eating Mama
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If cheese was an option, this would be so much easier :-)

I do a baked ziti with tons of veggies or some zucchini boats with corn and beans. yum!


I should also throw in a peanut allergy for them and I believe an apple allergy for me. I miss my carrot apple juice
i love hummus with tortilla chips. amy's organic has some good frozen dinners. they might give you ideas of meals.

i like grits and couscous. veggies can be added as a side to either for a nice meal. agree on having beans or lentils. i love black beans, brown rice and hot rotel (i add one salmon steak broken up). it's a great dish though.

you're nice to go to great lengths for your guest! my bf doesn't care for cheese much. still lots of options. i've been eating vegetarian plus seafood since february and have had no issues.
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I just remembered these lentil tacos and Kalyn's Kitchen has a lot of vegan options, especially for awesome grain salads.

Soups: roasted carrot parsnip, poblano corn chowder, french lentil

Dahl with roti

Polenta with tomato sauce and mushrooms


Roasted chick peas

Veggie tempura

Latkes

Fritters

Coconut curry something or other

Fried green tomatoes
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Asian stir fry or lo mein dish w/ Asian vegetables, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, green onions, etc.
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My girlfriend (also a veg) makes this fabulous lemon-asparagus pasta dish from the Moosewood cookbook.

You can just leave the cheese off?

Pasta with Asparagus & Lemon

Recipe By :Moosewood Collective
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories :

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
1 1/2 pounds asparagus
1 pound penne or casarecce pasta
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.

Meanwhile, rinse the asparagus, snap off the tough tower stems, and discard
them. Cut off 1'/2 inches of the asparagus tips and reserve, Chop the rest of
the stems. Cook the asparagus tips in boiling water to cover for 3 or 4 minutes,
until tender. Remove to a colander with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the
same pot blanch the chopped asparagus stems for 6 or 7 minutes, until tender.
Drain, rinse in cold water, and reserve separately.

Cook the pasta in the boiling water until al dente. While the pasta cooks, puree
the asparagus stems, lemon juice, and olive oil in a blender or food processor
until smooth. If necessary, add a little of the hot pasta water. Add salt and
pepper to taste.

Drain the pasta and transfer it to a large bowl. Stir in the asparagus puree,
the asparagus tips, and the grated cheese. If the pasta has cooled, stir it in a
pot on high heat for I or 2 minutes, until hot. Serve immediately.

i love hummus with tortilla chips. amy's organic has some good frozen dinners. they might give you ideas of meals.

i like grits and couscous. veggies can be added as a side to either for a nice meal. agree on having beans or lentils. i love black beans, brown rice and hot rotel (i add one salmon steak broken up). it's a great dish though.

you're nice to go to great lengths for your guest! my bf doesn't care for cheese much. still lots of options. i've been eating vegetarian plus seafood since february and have had no issues.
Originally Posted by luvmylocs

I'm thinking of doing this same so this also serves as a jumpstart for me. Since these stupid food allergies started, I've come to realize that i have to start eating cleaner
Maybe I should just stock up on uncrustables :-)
Being someone who hates cheese-loaded foods and especially vegetarian food that is loaded with cheese (lazy), I'd be happy to cook for this friend! I hardly use cheese in actual dishes. I usually just snack on cheese by itself when I have it.

Indian, Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean have plenty of vegetarian dishes and they're completely cheese-free.

Mexican can also be made vegetarian pretty easily and while there's some cheese involved in things like tostadas, it's minimal and can be easily left off. Most tacos don't involve any cheese either.
Neither does a good tortilla soup. It can be made completely vegetarian and the chilies (no chili powder, please, must be dried whole chilies) used give it plenty of flavor, while the garnishes (avocado, cabbage, some limes, radishes, sour cream, and of course, fried tortilla strips, among others) make it really visually and texturally appealing.

Dishes just off the top of my head that can be made this time of year that are completely vegetarian.
Succotash (no bacon needed to make this delicious), fresh creamed corn, stuffed summer squash, various frittatas (I made a scallion one recently that was awesome; I almost never put cheese in frittata), tortilla española, shakshuka, various soups, vegetable fried rice, artichoke tart, vegetable patties, fritters, savory custards, great vegetarian chili. There's a lot more, but I'm going to stop because I can think of way more things to cook that contain no cheese than ones that do.

I rep it a lot, but you should really check out Herbivoracious if you want more concrete ideas. For one thing, he breaks it down how to cook delicious tofu, and puts to rest myths like marinating doing a damn thing.

Ottolenghi's books and column are also a good source (he's not vegetarian, and does use cheese in a lot of vegetarian dishes, but he also does plenty without and he's really imaginative):
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/jul/24/one-pot-recipe-yotam-ottolenghi

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/01/skillet-baked-eggs-with-spinach-yogurt-and-chili-oil

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/01/quinoa-fennel-and-pomegranate-salad


http://herbivoracious.com/

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/02/vegan-experience-recipes-soups-salads-sandwiches-mains-snacks-slideshow.html

http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/vegetarian/

http://www.seriouseats.com/2012/01/best-vegetarian-bean-chili.html
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