Post # 1
Seeing all these vegetarian posts the last few days have made me realize that I was one of the niave people who didn’t think I needed a vegetarian option. We have no known vegetarians coming to our wedding, but I now realize that with 200 guests it would be hard for us to know everyones dietary preferences. (Yes, Bees, you have changed me).
I’ve thought long and hard about this, and want to make sure any veggies (or those meat eaters who would prefer a veggie meal) are happy and, most importantly, full! We are having an outdoor BBQ with the caterer grilling for us. Our meal is steak and salmon. We picked those because they are US. We’re both big BBQers, and I come from a long line of salmon fishermen and have gotten Fiance involved in the sport.
I wanted to find a vegetarian meal that was “us” as well…so I though about maybe veggie shish kabobs? Every year on FIs birthday I cook him the same meal- shish kabobs. I would fill them full of delicious vegetables (mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers…a variety of everything!) and serve them with our sides of roasted potatoes and fiddleheads. They would also be cooked on a separate grill.
Would you be happy with this as a meal at a BBQ? Is there anything you can suggest that might be a better option?
Post # 3
If you are going to do grilled veggies, don’t do kabobs. They are a side and if there is one thing I hate as a veggie, it is being served sides as a main course. Your veggies will end up starving. Can you do a portobello burger or some kind of grilled veggie main dish?
Post # 4
What are your main dishes? Like, just a slab of grilled meat or fish?
I personally would be tempted by those kabobs and I’m an omnivore.
Post # 5
can you add tofu to the kabobs for the vegetarians? kabobs are great, as long as there is also protein. or if not tofu, some kind of vegetarian bean dish as well? as a vegetarian, i don’t mind eating mainly “side dishes” as long as all my food groups are covered
Post # 6
We didn’t have a vegetarian option because we didn’t have any vegetarians, either. Oops!
Personally I love kabobs. I make a TON of them on the grill during the summer and just chow down on grilled veggies. Now i have a craving =]. Could you throw some eggplant on there or some chunks of tofu? Like, the extra firm kind? Veggies alone aren’t super filling
Post # 7
I love kabobs, but definitely add something for protein! As great as veggies are, they won’t keep your guests full for long. Tofu can be easily grilled, so that’s definitely an option, although mainstream food type people tend not to like it! Mushrooms are a great base because they have lots of protein, although, again, not universally popular although I loooove them. Anything from flatbread pizzas to vegetable lasagna to risotto would work wonderfully with the kabobs in my opinion.
PS: I loved your post. It’s my birthday and it made me so happy to read!
Post # 8
As a vegetarian, those kabobs would be delicious… but extremely unfilling. I need a protein to feel completely satisfied. How about a “chicken” cutlet? The following are new to the veggie market and extremely yummy… I can’t get enough:
There are these as well:
These would both work well on a grill… wouldn’t need but a few minutes on either side and they would make a great entree for the veg’s! As alternatives, you could always provide veggie burgers, brats, hot dogs, etc… but it seems as if ‘chicken’ fits better with your salmon and steak menu.
Hope this helps!
Post # 9
P.S. Just had a thought! These companies also have “chicken” chunks which you could always spear along with the kabobs… would work perfect!
Post # 10
I think the kabobs look great! I agree with the others and a bit of protein would help and either add tofu on there or having some bbq tofu as a side for the veggies and maybe having rice to serve them over.
Post # 11
I think they look amazing. I’d be totally happy with them as a main entree, but it would be nice to have some type of protein as a side dish.
Post # 12
Kabobs with tofu and some fake chicken strips would be great. Another idea might be grilling some veggie burgers (Moringstar farms is my fav) or veggie hot dogs (Yves is the best), especially since you are going to use a sperate grill!
FYI – I looooove that you are thinking of including vegetarian options at your event. It is really nice.
Post # 13
I agree that kabobs themselves wouldn’t be filling, even with tofu I think. Can you add some sides to your meal such as salad or other greens? But I do think you should add tofu/soy product to the kabobs. I recently had some grilled tofu kabobs a friend cooked for me during a bbq and they were amazing!! She “marinated” the tofu in a normal teriayki marination and they were awesome.
Post # 14
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I second the idea of adding some sort of veggie protein to the kabob and it would be great – especially if you are going to have some vegetarian sides, pasta salad or something like that…thank you for considering the veggies out there!
Post # 15
@linspurdu That stuff looks amazing, even to me as a meat eater!!!
To those saying veggie burgers or hotdogs, it’s a great idea and was my initial thought, but I want to try to stay away from burgers and veggie dogs because we are having a big bonfire later in the night and roasting hotdogs at it, so I don’t want anyone to end up eating the same thing twice!
Adding tofu is a great idea! It’s something that, as an omnivoire, never crossed my mind. I will have to try to locate some (I’m from a very hick town…green peppers are exotic here!)
@ whfields As stated in my post, I would include roasted potatoes and fiddleheads as a side (I realize that not everyone knows what fiddleheads are- they are a delicious cooked green! Yum!). We’re probably going to serve salad as a side, as well.
Post # 16
Thank you for clarifying what a fiddlehead is! I was like, “omg am I the only one that doesn’t know?”
Anyway, I love kabobs, I’d be thrilled with them. Especially if you had roasted potatoes with them. This keeps with your BBQ theme but the others have a point, this option might not keep them full for long. I know a lot of vegetarians that don’t eat tofu (they’re probably really unhealthy vegetarians) so becareful with that too. I love when I go to a wedding and they have veggie lasagna, just sayin’ 🙂