Hosting a dinner party or any shindig for that matter can be quite the ordeal. It can be very challenging catering to the selective tastes of several guests. There’s the kosher friend, the friend who loves a great big steak and of course the vegetarian. That’s why we’ve found some vegetarian dishes that make meat lovers think twice. Whether you’re a vegetarian, flexitarian or diehard meat lover, these 8 dishes will surely satisfy your tastes.
A popular and superb dish, vegetarian lasagnas are often, dare I say…a preferred variation to this traditionally meaty dish. The beauty of the veggie lasagna is that it can be prepared in multiple ways, thus catering to the selective taste buds of many. Whether it’s broccoli and three-cheese, spinach and mushroom or even pumpkin with ricotta, vegetarian lasagnas are a hearty substitute that everyone will enjoy.
Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich
The intermingling of flavours from this sandwich’s ingredients is what makes it so exquisite. The Portobello’s zesty flavour combined with the freshness of the bell peppers make it ideal for a light and easy lunchtime meal. The goat cheese adds a savoury, creamy texture to the sandwich, which all comes together on a toasted or grilled Kaiser roll.
Kidney Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Oranges
While this recipe may take a little more time to prepare, it’s well worth the effort. The secret to its savoury taste is the multitude of spices used to spruce up the pot. Cumin, masala, oregano, rosemary, turmeric among a few others are all used to give the stew it’s distinct, robust flavour. The kidney beans are prepared in a pressure cooker, before being added to the tamarind pulp and sweet potato stew base.
Brown Rice Greek Salad with Roasted Tomatoes
Greek Salads are always a great starter option, but the addition of chickpeas and brown rice makes this recipe a balanced, filling and healthy one. Tomatoes are drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with a little salt and pepper, then roasted in an oven, which gives the dish a bit of a smoky taste.
This Middle Eastern “fast food” meal is unlike the barbecued meat on a stick that many envision it to be, but rather a toasted pita wrap filled with Falafel (tasty, fried chickpea patties or balls), lettuce, tomato and onions. Cheese, tahini or tzatziki can also be added for an even more savoury, mouthwatering experience.
We couldn’t compose a list of this nature without sneaking this lovable recipe in. Eggplant slices are lightly seasoned with salt, coated with egg and breadcrumbs then pre-heated in an oven. Parmesan, mozzarella and marinara are layered on top, giving the dish its rich texture.
Tofu, a staple for many vegetarians acquires a nutty flavour from the sesame seeds in this dish. After the tofu is pan-fried to a brown crisp, a soy sauce based mixture is poured on top. The recipe also goes well with a tamarind chutney sauce.
Coconut Curry Lentil Stew
The mixture of flavours from the coconut and curry make this filling dish a great option for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. The combination of the protein filled lentils, the rich coconut and curry sauce blend well together.