Post # 1
I cook alot for my family which includes Darling Husband and our 4 kids. I am a vegetarian none of them are so I always cook 2 dinners every night which I’m used to now. Anyways to my question fellow cooking bees do you make a desert to go with your dinner? For example tonight I am making authentic homemade lasagna (time consuming but Darling Husband loves it) and was thinking how fun it would have been to make a tirimasu cake to go with it. So do you make deserts to go with your dinner theme?
Post # 3
Sometimes, but most often, we eat ice cream or sherbet afterwards. I do like to bake, but I usually dont’ while making dinner (usually make a lot at one time so we can enjoy for a few days)
Post # 4
Usually it’s just ice cream type desserts ready made if it’s dinner with just me and Darling Husband. If it’s a dinner party then I always make a dessert to go with dinner.
Post # 5
I dont have a “full family” IE no kids.
But for Darling Husband if he wants something he can have some dark chocolate we keep in the freezer or something. I sometimes bake, but not often. Sometimes I have cookie dough he can bake or an apple crisp to be heated up.
I dont think its a great habit to learn that something sweet needs to be served with dinner. I think we would all be better off not learning dessert is required with each dinner.
Post # 6
Only on special occasions like Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday celebrations etc. Usually if we get a sweet tooth after dinner I’ll throw together a quick batch of cookies.
I’m curious about your vegetarian meals along with your non-vegetarian meals in one day. DH and daughter have decided to start the new year by trying out being vegetarians. My son and I want nothing to do with their plan. So, beginning tonight, I need to do what you have been doing. Other than not putting any meat on their plates, I’m clueless and open to suggestions.
Post # 7
@2ndtime: I am not the OP, but I was veggie for a long while.
What I would do was make a meal that was easy to eliminate the meat pice. IE, lasagna? Make two half pans, but leave meat out of one (everything else the same)
Making hamburgers? serve one bean burger (homemade can be made in quantity and frozen or store bought)
stirfry? again, same ingredients and make in two pans, one with tofu or soy beans etc
lots of meals/sides are vegetarian that meat eaters wouldnt know. Try bean soup, stuffed peppers with quinoa, seitan and carmelized onions and cheese etc.
Post # 8
@lefeymw: Thanks! I didn’t know about homemade bean burgers. We tried storebought meatless burgers last week. They were yummy but too expensive, IMO. I’m glad to know I can make a homemade recipe. The other ideas sound like a piece of cake. Thanks again!
Post # 9
@2ndtime: I usually do everything completely seperate because if in the same pan the meat juice can get into what I’m eating.
Anyways I have tons of recipes you can PM me if you need some. It’s alot of work sometimes to make 2 seperate meals so times. To keep it easier I like to cook my food ahead of time and freeze portion sizes. For example tonight I will be eating vegetarian lasagna which I cooked yesterday. I have a portion for tonight and the rest frozen.
Post # 10
Nope because my husband is not a sweets fan. Baking for the holidays and for his birthdays is hard!!!
Post # 11
@regberadaisy: I make this meatloaf cake for my husband and his twin every year, they love it! (I usually try to make it look more like a real decorated cake without the T-bone on top though, it really fooled them the first year!)
Post # 12
Darling Husband and I both work in an office where people continuously bring in baking and other sweets, so we have a semi-strict no sweets in the house rule. I really like to bake, so we only have it when it’s a special occassion, or if I’m bringing something somewhere that needs to be “quality tested” before it goes out the door.