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Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« on: December 09, 2011, 12:34:58 PM »
I usually host XMAS dinner,

typical menu is

bacon cheddar cheeseball
spinach dip w/veggies
meat and cheese calzone
fruit

2 large meat and cheese lasagnas
homemade cheese manicotti
chicken marsala

Antipasto salad

garlic bread

Xmas cookies


My nephews significant other is attending and is a vegetarian.

So here's my updated menu vegetarian options **

1 bacon / cheese cheesball
1 wine and fresh herb cheeseball **
spinach dip **
meat and cheese calzone

meat and cheese lasagna
veggie lasagna **
cheese manicotti**
chicken marsala

Large green salad w/nuts blue cheese and apple **

garlic bread **
 Xmas cookies **

The meat lovers are losing one of the lasagnas ... but enough of us will go for the veggie option that I think we will be fine.  Iwanted to make sure she had two options for dinner and for appetizer.  It is cheese heavy, but it is very similar to our usual fare that she won't feel singled out.

Any comments ... I usually put out a steamed veggie dish as well. broccoli or green beans or asparagus. That would be veggie.


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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2011, 12:49:41 PM »
I am a vegetarian, this menu would be more than fine if I were a dinner guest at your house.

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2011, 12:59:02 PM »
I'm not vegetarian but lean towards more vegetarian fare.  I would have no issues with your menu.  If anything, I'd drop one of the cheeseballs and put the fruit back in.  You could even drop the bacon one.  Only because I'd be looking to fill up a bit on lighter fare before tucking into all the pasta.
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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2011, 01:11:01 PM »
I'm not vegetarian but lean towards more vegetarian fare.  I would have no issues with your menu.  If anything, I'd drop one of the cheeseballs and put the fruit back in.  You could even drop the bacon one.  Only because I'd be looking to fill up a bit on lighter fare before tucking into all the pasta.

Oooh  -fruit is still in there - forgot to type it:) , plus I serve a veggie tray with the spinach dip.

Drop the bacon cheeseball..... sorry ! my nephews are in their 20's and LOOVE that cheeseball. They will fight over it.

The wine cheeseball is very light ... as opposed to the bacon monstrosity.

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2011, 01:16:08 PM »
I'm a vegetarian. Looks good to me. What time should I be there? :)
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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2011, 01:20:12 PM »
Sounds like a delicious menu all around.  I'm sure your nephew's SO will feel very happy with the choices you have provided.

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2011, 01:20:42 PM »
I'm a vegetarian. Looks good to me. What time should I be there? :)

We are eating at 5:30 ... come at 5:00
The veggie lasagna is to die for. I use whole wheat noodles and I have distinct veggie layers.

Spinach / Feta / roasted red pepper
Shredded carrot / zucchini and ricotta
Chopped asparagus w/ garlic and pesto

Mozzerella and white sauce.


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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2011, 01:45:34 PM »
Can't have a mutiny on your hands over the loss of the bacon cheeseball!   :D

And what's your address?  I don't currently know where I'm having Christmas so I might just tell them to forget it; I'm going to your house.   ;D
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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #8 on: December 09, 2011, 02:00:59 PM »
I think it looks great! I definitely think it is a subtle inclusion of veggie options.  (Was a vegetarian, most definitely would have abandoned being one for a bacon cheese ball..... which I believe you somehow forgot to post the recipe for, right?)  ;D
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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2011, 03:05:41 PM »
I am not even a fan of lasagna and the veggie lasagna sound delish. 
Looks like a very good selection. 

Horrible question after such a lovely looking menu. 
Have you asked if she is vegan (nothing with/from animals) or if she eats milk/dairy/eggs (Ovo-Lacto I think it is called)?  There are many shades of vegetarianism and it may make it easier to just double check.    I ask only because my mom has a few vegetarian friends and I know at least one won't eat meat or eggs, but will eat cheese. 

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2011, 03:25:45 PM »
Thanks everyone,

she does eat eggs and dairy - do I think I am fine.

Bacon cheeseball. 

1 pack of cream cheese - 8oz ( can use lowfat ... but why bother )
4 cups shredded cheddar
1 packet hidden valley ranch dip
real bacon bits

put cheeses and dip mix in a mixer and whirl away.

form into a ball and roll in bacon dip.

One time I rolled it in parsley .... and the nephews were quite perturbed. it is really very very good. I like extra sharp cheese.


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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2011, 03:36:13 PM »
Randomly, if Bac-Os are used this recipie would be vegetarian :-)

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2011, 03:53:36 PM »
You might want to check the label on the cheese and wine.  Not all cheese and wines are suitable for veggies as they use animal parts (that you have to kill the animal to get) in their production.  Some wines use fish guts during clarification, for example. 

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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2011, 04:08:56 PM »
Thanks everyone,

she does eat eggs and dairy - do I think I am fine.

Bacon cheeseball. 

1 pack of cream cheese - 8oz ( can use lowfat ... but why bother )
4 cups shredded cheddar
1 packet hidden valley ranch dip
real bacon bits

put cheeses and dip mix in a mixer and whirl away.

form into a ball and roll in bacon dip.

One time I rolled it in parsley .... and the nephews were quite perturbed. it is really very very good. I like extra sharp cheese.

Thank you!! That sounds AMAZING!!
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Re: Some menu advice / making sure a vegetarian guest is OK
« Reply #14 on: December 09, 2011, 04:40:18 PM »
You might want to check the label on the cheese and wine.  Not all cheese and wines are suitable for veggies as they use animal parts (that you have to kill the animal to get) in their production.  Some wines use fish guts during clarification, for example.

I did not want to know that. :P