Post # 1
Since we are making the reception food ourselves, to save money, we had decided to make lasagna for the reception. Easy to make ahead and just warm up that day. But I was wanting to have another option for guest who might not be fans of meat lasagna, so I was thinking about offering another lasagna made with alfredo sauce, chicken and spinach. Think this is a viable option or should I go with something entirely different than another form of lasagna for the other option? We will also be having breadsticks and salad.
Post # 3
Are you trying to go for an Italian food theme? Sort of seems that way with the breadsticks and salad too. I like the idea of the alternative lasagna but I’m not sure if people would want another option other than a lasagna dish.
Post # 4
Maybe make a delicous vegetable lasagne? We’re having that as one of our entrees, and it’s to die for! Even the meat lovers will go for it if it’s done well!
Post # 5
i love to eat broccoli ziti with peppers, or you can make the shells stuff with spinach and ricotta cheese.
Post # 6
Spinach lasagna sounds good except without the chicken for vegetarians. I do have at least one friend who doesn’t like cheese, though, so you might want another option. Or a non-pasta dish for a gluten-free option. A quinoa salad would be easy to make in advance, great for summer, and really tasty and healthy.
Post # 7
I agree with a lighter dish. Not only are some people vegetarians, some people would like a healthier option. Vegetarian stuffed bell peppers? Mushroom ravioli?
Post # 8
Hey! We are self-catering our all-vegetarian reception, and serving lasagna – so obviously I think that’s a great idea. If you’re looking for vegetarian lasagna recipes, let me know – I have a couple that I really like (the one with pine nuts and eggplant from The Silver Spoon, and a family recipe). BUT – if you have anyone who doesn’t eat cheese, a second lasagna is not going to be the best option. Polenta (made without the parmesan) is something else you can make ahead and reheat on the day (with a hearty sauce with grilled vegetables in it), and would work for non-dairy-eaters. And it would still be in the italian vein.
ETA: I would be wary, though, of lumping together “vegetarians” and “lighter eaters.” My 6 foot tall, rock-climbing husband is also vegetarian, and has spent several catered meals very hungry because people assume that vegetarians will be satisfied with salad. We need just as many calories as the carnivores do to survive!
Post # 9
OOOH, mushroom ravioli sounds good too, with a sun dried tomatoe alfredo sauce. lots of options….love them all so far. Historienne, I would love the recipes too, will give them a try here soon to try to finalize somethings soon, Any other suggestions?
Post # 10
I got the idea for mushroom ravioli because I am on a diet and trying to control my calories. This weekend I went to California Pizza Kitchen, but before I went, I checked online to see what the lowest calorie option would be. It was the mushroom ravioli in a tomato garlic sauce- so filling, so good, and fit within my diet! And vegetarian to boot! Really trying to cut out meat these days so I’m looking for options to kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. On that note, I have been replacing meat with those big honking portobello mushrooms. I did an excellent burger with that the other week, although I guess that would be a lot of prep work the day of. Maybe a layered dish with them..
Post # 11
I’d be cautious of those people that don’t like pasta.. I’d offer something like a chicken casserole dish that can be frozen ahead of time to go along with it instead of a second lasagna