Post # 17
@badabing88: If you are going to make the stuff yourself, then I like the idea of vegetarian chili with some fixings. You could also do veggie burgers, and make sure there’s a gluten-free salad thing (like a quinoa salad– tabbouleh made with quinoa is one of my favorites, as is steamed veggies with sesame tahini sauce on quinoa) too, perhaps. There are so many people who are gluten intolerant these days (including me, it gives me nasty digestive troubles) that if you have any of those, you’ll be covered as far as their food goes, and you won’t have to call everyone and ask what their dietary preferences/needs are, either!
Other vegetarian picnic food ideas: pasta salad (my favorite is a variation with basil, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, along with some vegetables); roasted veggies (like zucchini, red peppers, eggplant) and hummus and cheese to make into sandwiches with some good bread; antipasti platters; platters of vegetable crudites with a few good dips/hummuses; etc. etc. Also, burritos with lots of yummy black beans or lentils and veggies and cheese people can choose from would be a great choice.
I’ve been vegetarian at times in my life, and my SO is adamantly vegetarian, so I’m used to cooking this way. Let me know if you want any more ideas!
Post # 18
@Strawberryfarmer: I like your ideas! Mac and cheese, ooooh.
Post # 19
What about mac n cheese? It’s right on theme with BBQ!
Post # 20
@weddingbound: now THAT sounds delicious! Just make sure there’s nothing in it like tomatoes – ughhh I hate when someone serves me a soggy wrap that was clearly made hours earlier.
Post # 21
Hmm I’d say having a good assortment of potato salad and pasta salad would be super tasty and filling. They also make good sides for the meat eaters at the BBQ! I LOVE potato or pasta salad on it’s own or with meat.
I also like PP’s idea for veggie wraps! I would think you could roll them up the night before and keep them refrigerated overnight then bust them out the next day. Put ’em on a platter and you’re set! I vote for Greek veggie wraps. 🙂
Post # 22
@sanjessica: Yes same here! Like premade sandwiches and the lettuce makes the bread soggy….not good!
I think it would be cool to set up a little station with lots of veggie options and let them make their own. I would love that!
Post # 23
@crayfish: There will *definitely* be Mac N Cheese 🙂 It’s a favorite!!
Those look awesome!!
Your post made me hungry :-p the salad with Feta and olives sounds incredible, and I think it’s something *everyone* could enjoy!
Post # 24
@badabing88: When I think BBQ, I think baked beans! And, as a meat lover, there are times when I would be perfectly happy to eat a plate of baked beans and call it a day. If you’re feeling super gracious, you could do two rounds– one with bacon and one without. Everyone is happy. Oooh and mac n cheese. Potato salad. Ok I’m coming to your wedding. Tell ManCandy you decided on a flower girl.
Post # 25
@s2bmrscook: You would be the most glorious flower girl of them all.
Can I put you down for this dress?
Post # 26
we asked about dietary restrictions on the RSVP cards. For veggie options, why not grill up some portobello mushrooms? its’ super eaasy. Just put some garlic and balsamic vinegar on them and grill them. You could also grill other veggies. Or just have veggie burgers. if it were me (I’m vegetarian) I’d be happy with just side dishes, too. I hope you’re having sides
Post # 27
Since you’re only having 30 guests, I would talk to them and see if anyone is, in fact, vegetarian before coming up with a veg menu and going through the work yourself. You may not have any.
Post # 28
Honestly, with such a small guest list, I’d just check for dietary restrictions.
Post # 29
I feel like tortellini or ravioli gets put out as a vegetarian option a lot so that’s an option
Post # 30
If you’re bbq’ing anyway how about grilling up some halloumi? I’d grab a slice or two of that even as a meat eater!:-)
Post # 31
@badabing88: hell yes you can! But instead of flower girl, can I be the liquor girl and scatter airplane bottles of booze down the aisle? Maybe pour shots into peoples mouths as I walk by?