(Closed) Idea's needed…. Vegetarian Dishes for a Group of Mixed Eaters

posted 4 years ago in Cooking
Post # 2
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m a vegan, and the kindest thing that my friends do for me is to make meals where the meat can be served separately. For example, a really nice salad with sliced steak. You can cook the steak separately and have that on the side so that both meat eaters and the vegetarian can eat the salad while only the meat eaters will partake in putting the steak on top. Same deal with any kind of rice-based dishes that you might want to throw chicken in (maybe arroz con pollo?); just cook and serve the meat separately. I also think eggplant parmesan is an excellent choice!

Post # 3
1338 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


I made this last week and it was to die for.  DH is a total meat eater & he LOVED it, asked for it again this week already.  It works as a main or a side and can be prepped ahead of time so you can enjoy your company instead of rushing around trying to get everything together at once.  You could make this and some Italian sausages for the meat eaters.  A salad with chick peas & pine nuts and bruschetta with white beans & garlic to add satisfying, healthy fats & protein.  


Post # 4
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

Tons of easy options where you just use a veggie alternative to meat. So for moussaka, lasagna you use veggie protein mince.  For chilli, use lots of beans. 

I’m veggie and apart from a meal that is literally a hunk of meat with veg, I can’t think of a recipe that can’t we swapped up for veggie alternatives. Even then if you’re doing a meat and two veg type dish or a bbq you can do a nut roast/quorn burger accordingly and then all the usual sides and trimmings.

Post # 5
88 posts
Worker bee

My daughters are vegan and we served a vegan shepherds pie for Thanksgiving this past weekend.  (I’m in Canada).  Everyone loved it. 

Post # 6
3888 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

It’s chili weather here, so I would want to make a vegetarian chili! Bonus points if you have a crockpot, because that makes it even easier! I make mine with quinoa, black beans, kidney beans, and tons of veggies (usually broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, corn, etc.). Then you can have greek yogurt or sour cream (I can’t eat sour cream), cheddar, and chives on the side for toppings. Filling and a great source of vegetarian protein for everyone. I make this all the time and my steak and potatoes fiance loves it 🙂

Post # 7
3158 posts
Sugar bee

What about pasta with pesto and blistered tomatoes?  Really easy, tastes great, and for the non vegetarians it can be served with chicken breast. 

Post # 9
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I second the veggie chili idea (with tons of different toppings!), or soup – I love Smitten Kitchen’s black bean soup with pumpkin for the fall. Baked ziti is also good. Add a nice salad and garlic bread. Veggie stir fry is delicious, and you can easily have chicken or other meat or tofu on the side for anyone who wants it. I also think mix and match/make your own type dinners are great for a crowd where some people have dietary restrictions and others don’t. For example, taco bar or burrito bowls, peanut noodles (people can add their own veggies and meat or tofu), baked potato bar, or make your own pizzas (make or buy pizza dough and have a bunch of toppings out for people to make their own. You could even do pita or french bread pizzas to make it even easier).

Post # 10
421 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I adore this recipe, and it makes a great hearty main served over rice. I’ve also had the leftovers as a veggie side dish (it makes a pretty large amount), so it works for both your meat-eaters and your vegetarians if you cook up some rice and some meat on the side.

Sweet Potato Chickpea Curry

Post # 11
155 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Oh also zucchini boats or stuffed peppers – stuff with quinoa, beans, whatever veggies and spices you have around, and you could add meat to some of them if you want.

Post # 12
42 posts

I agree with what others have said, I’m vegetarian and it is always nice when someone serves, let’s say, pasta, but does meatballs on the side so those who want meat can just add it separately. Also, anything Mexican is good with a meat option and then a meatless substitue with lots of veggies and toppings.

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