Post # 1
Ok, well to save time & money we’ve decided to have our reception in the fellowship hall at our church…later followed by a private (family-only) reception at our home. Our church will not allow any kind of meats or alcohol, so that is the reason for the second reception. I just need help with some vegetarian foods. Obviously I am not a vegetarian so I don’t know what a great vegetarian dish is. (I do love fruits though!) PLEASE HELP! I would really appreciate some recipes or names of foods that I can Google. Thank you 🙂
What are some foods that you think you would enjoy if you went to a vegetarian reception??
Post # 3
I think pastas are always a good bet because almost everyone likes them. What about cheese ravioli in a marinara sauce or spaghetti? Here’s a link to AllRecipes’ most loved pasta recipes.
Or maybe a variety of salads? Cous-cous, pasta, potato, etc. (although potato salad can make people ill if not refrigerated properly).
Fruit salad is always delcious as well but is time consuming and spendy to make. Not sure if those are important factors or not.
Depending on the time of day you could do a brunch with spinach quiche, pancakes, eggs, etc.
Post # 4
I love using mushrooms (mushroom ravioli, portobello burgers (expensive), pasta with mushrooms, etc. They’re kind of meaty and dense in texture and very filling. We mostly use them in soup but soup isn’t super wedding friendly, so if I were you I’d go with a mushroom ravioli. If you’re doing plated dinners, I think ravioli looks nicer than just a heap of pasta on a plate. You can also do different fillings- I have seen squash a lot and while it’s not my personal favorite, a lot of people love it.
If you’re open to it, some ethnic cuisines do a great job with vegetarian food- I’m thinking Indian and Middle Eastern. Their sauces have a ton of flavors going on and usually multiple vegetables, so it’s less noticeable that the food is vegetarian than, say, substituting meaty pasta for pasta with just cheese. They also don’t rely on tofu, which may be unappealing to some guests.
Post # 5
Is it going to be a meal-type reception, or more hors d’oeuvres/appetizers type stuff?
For the latter, I would get a bunch of veggie trays and cheese trays, some hummus and pita bread, crackers, spanakopita and tiropita (Greek phyllo triangles stuffed with spinach and cheese), a selection of olives, some Italian crostini or bruschetta … you can do a lot of great vegetarian finger foods. (oh, and I second the suggestion about lots of fruit!)
If it’s going to be a meal, pasta is a great suggestion.
You could also do a dessert reception! Dessert is generally vegetarian … ;-P
Another thing you can do to look for ideas: go to a bookstore and leaf through a vegetarian cookbook or three.
Post # 6
I would do either a wild mushroom or a butternut squash risotto, some stuffed peppers, and perhaps some fried goat’s cheese. I also second the veggie trays, cheese trays, hummous, black olives, crusty bread and artichokes, maybe with mozerella, tomatoes and parsley?
Om nom nom nom… (hungry now).
Post # 7
Thank you so much! These are great ideas!
Post # 8
Go for things that are tasty on their own and do not try to find a meat substitute like tofu or soy. A lot of people suggested pasta which would give you many great options. If you want something less starchy as well, maybe grilled vegetable skewers or stuffed bell peppers?
Post # 9
We are choosing between gorgonzola-stuffed mushrooms and pasta with seasonal veggies for the vegetarian option at our tasting in a couple weeks 🙂