Whether you’re hosting and catering a wedding, family reunion, or corporate event, having great food available is essential for a successful experience. If you or the members of your party are vegetarian, coming up with some creative ideas can be a challenge. Even if some guests are not vegetarian but you are, and you want to stay true to your personal eating habits, you can find some great foods to serve that everyone will enjoy eating.
Instead of heavy meatballs or pigs in a blanket, try some delicious Crostini bread slices and top them with a combination of feta cheese, sliced avocado, and pomegranate seeds. The combination of the savory and sweet tastes delicious and makes a great finger food. Grilled kabobs are an excellent appetizer that everyone loves. Instead of adding red meat or chicken to them, use portobello mushrooms. Add onions, peppers, and other flavorful veggies to the kabobs for a really delicious starter, and brush them with soy or barbecue sauce. Caprese salad is also a delicious and easy appetizer that combines fresh basil and mozzarella with sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil or balsamic vinegar.
Pizza is easy to make and eat, and can be created in a variety of different combinations. Serve mini pizzas on Naan bread for a unique dish and top the little pizzas with olives, Italian cheeses, tomatoes, and mushrooms. The possibilities are endless, and you can mix and match the small pizzas with a variety of different toppings that are all veggies. Pasta dishes are also versatile and easy to make vegetarian friendly. Cook up some penne noodles, and throw in sliced asparagus to elevate the flavor to a new level. You can also make a gourmet version of macaroni and cheese and add in artichoke hearts and spinach.
Dessert isn’t quite as challenging when it comes to making sure the food is completely vegetarian, but keep in mind that many desserts are made with animal fats. Use puff pastry cups and fill them with fresh fruit for a simple and elegant dessert. Fruit is very versatile and can be used for any dessert combination, so get creative. You can use fresh berries and create a sorbet with them, or make cookies using oatmeal instead of dough for a chewy, sweet treat at the end of the meal. When it comes to serving vegetarian meals to a crowd, the sky is the limit, and there’s sure to be plenty of great dishes the entire party will enjoy.Learn More