I need help with a vegetarian option

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

Not sure on the gluten thing, but for our vegetarians we’re having a pasta station.  It’ll have both meat and veggie options, so it’s dual purposed!  Cocktail hour has some type of falafel thing as the vegetarian option.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

The “vegetarian lifestyle”?  Lol where are you from, the 1950s?  Vegetarians just don’t eat meat…they’re not, like, alternative or anything.

Just think of a meal you’ve had that didn’t have meat in it.  Did you like it?  There you go.

ETA: Sorry, that might have sounded mean but it was supposed to be more straight-forward.  Here are some options:

Stuffed shells:

Grilled Eggplant stacks:

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

What’s the overall vibe of your wedding? Formal? Casual? You can serve almost anything! Veggie lasagna, butternut squash ravioli, anything with polenta, stuffed peppers, gnocci, eggplant parm…etc.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Rataouille a la Rataouille, the movie:

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

My daughter had spinich tortellini for the vegetarian option and eggplant rollantini for the vegan option.  Those guests seemed to appreciate it very much.  There were more than she had anticipated.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Most places/caterers will offer a pasta option to those who choose the vegetarian option. Obviously this would not work for gluten allergies though. Does your caterer not have a gluten-free option? With how prominent the allergy is now, you’d think they would have something already planned out. Rice is a great gluten-free option, and pairs very nicely with sauteed vegetables. Just make sure the rice that is used is plain rice and not a wild rice blend which may contain grains. Also, for the sauce, make sure they do not use any grain based vinegars. There are a lot of great gluten free options that can be easily prepared.

For cocktail hour I would suggest doing some kind of hummus, falafel, baba ghanoush platter. Or the super popular mashed potato bar (I’m OBSESSED with spuds, so this is a must at my wedding lol).

Also, most people who have serious food allergies will know to make note of it on their RSVP card, but if there is somebody you know to have an allergy but they didn’t make note, I would be sure to contact them for clarification.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper

Pasta, lasagna, vegetable stack, gnocchi with mushroom and sage sauce, some sort of tart (zucchini, haloumi and herb tart is one of my faves), stuffed capsicum (you could go with vegetables, quinoa, wild rice), ratatouille served on mashed pumpkin or parsnip, vegetable stew.

Are your guests vegetarian or vegan? I think a cheese free vegetable stack is a good option becuase it covers both vegans and vegetarians.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I went to a wedding where the vegetarian option was stuffed acorn squash. It was amazing!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We had a wild mushroom pasta dish that was absolutely delicious!  

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Mederyck:  pasta or grain options (tortellini, stuffed shells, orzo, ravioli, gnocchi, couscous, quinoa, fettucine alfredo) are always easy and pretty difficult for a caterer to mess up. I’ve had some great veggie en croute meals at catered affairs. Risotto is usually a crowd-pleaser, just make sure it’s not prepared with chicken broth. Stuffed peppers are great, too. I’m a big fan of squashes (butternut, spaghetti, zucchini, etc.) personally.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mederyck:  My DH and I are vegetarians, along with my ILs and several of our friends. So while we served meat to please the majority of our guests, everything but the meat main dish was vegetarian. Here is what we served that was vegetarian:

Apps:

Crostini topped with butter, radish and sea salt 

Asparagus tart 

Swish chard leaves stuffed with lentils, topped with a yogurt sauce (gluten-free)

First course:

Antipasto board: sprout salad, artisinal cheese, pickled vegetables (gluten-free)

Salad:

Kale and baby greens with vinaigarette, ricotta cheese, and hazelnuts (gluten-free)

Main:

Risotto with roasted mushrooms and asparagus (gluten-free)

Grilled baby zucchini and roasted carrot with butter, honey, and mint (gluten-free)

I was so happy with the food and the great thing about focusing on vegetables is that everyone (gluten-free, veg, or meat eater) got to enjoy each dish. The meat-eaters got to have the vegetarian main as an extra side dish. 

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Mederyck:  our vegitarian option was a pasta related dish (tortellini)

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