I've organised a church function and think we should do a vegetarian dish?

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In fact I'm certain of it as a lot of people like it (including me) and a lot are vegetarian.

Does anyone have a fairly easy to moderately easy dish, preferably one pot, that is tasty and that I can make to feed say 20?

I'm doing a meat dish too, plus salad and bread. But I want the vegetarian dish to be really nice as they're sidelined a lot of the time.


QueenofWhispers Wed 01-May-13 14:00:09

a vegetarian moussaka

Thanks I'll have a look at a recipe for that.

Bobyan Wed 01-May-13 23:14:42


Xiaoxiong Wed 01-May-13 23:18:16

Chickpea and smoked paprika stew?

Fairypants Wed 01-May-13 23:19:07

I like veggie chilli with kidney beans and lots if different coloured peppers- it's one of my favourite big pot dishes and you can even do meat chilli to match which is nice.

sashh Thu 02-May-13 05:36:54

Aubergine and tomato casserole.

Layers of fried aubergine and tinned chopped tomatoes, add a few herbs and salt and pepper, top with yoghurt and breadcrumbs (yofu works too).

Just bake for 20 mins.

Peppers (halved) stuffed with cooked rice and chopped mushrooms, you can add cheese and they are the only food I genuinely believe taste better in a microwave.

JamNan Thu 02-May-13 08:49:44

Aubergine Parmigiana from Jamie O

or spinach and feta tart from Nigella

BreasticlesNTesticles Thu 02-May-13 08:53:39

Also going to suggest a veggie chilli

Or mushroom stroganoff?

Gentleness Thu 02-May-13 08:58:29

There are many delicious veggie curries. I love sweet potato curry but you can't overcook it or it disintegrates.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 02-May-13 09:01:47

Please please no sodding aubergine!

Cubes of paneer cheese, a few tins of chopped toms, chick peas, and a jar of mild curry sauce mix. It works really well with a tika masala or tomato based curry. Serve with a bowl of creme-fraiche on the side so people can dollop a spoon on top. Great with salad and bread.

Thanks everyone great ideas. No Stealth I won't be using aubergine don't worry wink Also probably not spicy as they can be fussy buggers and don't want it all leaving. Plus I'm trying to raise cash for the church so cheaper the better. Think the chickpea and paprika idea may work thanks? I

Oops posted too soon. I can probably make that the day before too.

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 02-May-13 09:26:37

Day before probably better!

With most veggie stew/chilli/curry dishes, they taste better if you make them the day before so it will be a bonus.

iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Thu 02-May-13 12:12:25

Veggie curry has mass appeal. (Unlike aubergine wink sad )

Spinage and feta tart is a good suggestion.

Also onion and feta tart. (Yum yum )

Startail Thu 02-May-13 12:36:36

Mild veggi chilli, suitable for vegans and DCs is what we do for school.

It's lovely too, I'm not a veggi, but I'm not into hot chilli and pinch a ladle full of this one.

Make extra, horse meat fuss may mean people are cagey about cheap mince.

The meat option is going to be a broth I think? It goes down well and I'm not in charge of that bit, just homemade bread and the veggie option.

Veggie curry may be the best idea? I could make a load of chappatis too they're easy and cheap. Or a mexican veggie chilli and put out tortilla chips and suchlike?

Startail do you have a recipe? I've got a month so no hurry I'm just keen to get it planned so I can get the tickets and poster done.

Startail Thu 02-May-13 13:17:01

Sadly no, it was made by a Mum Who's vanished. My DDs have gone to one secondary and hers to another.

I think you just need lots of veg, onions, carrots, spuds, peppers, courgette, tinned tomatoes, kidney beans, a bit of chilli or chilli sauce (often easier to get right), and I'd add a veggi stock cube rather than salt and lots of pepper.

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 02-May-13 13:21:51

The Rose Harissa Tunisian stew from Nigella's Feast, she serves it with meatballs but more often that not I just serve it with the veg. Recipe is here. It's not too spicy if you follow the recipe - I normally put a load more harissa in and it's not too spicy. You can get the rose harissa from Sainsburys. It is really lovely and with pomegranate and coriander on top looks lovely. www.kitchenkapers.com/meatballs-and-couscous.html

Thanks Startail.

That sounds tasty GetOrf thanks.

So rutabaga is swede?

GetOrfMoiLand Thu 02-May-13 13:40:38

Yes rutabaga is swede grin

It is really good - easy to cook and so delicious.

You could serve it with flatbreads or something.

Waswondering Thu 02-May-13 13:43:40

Macaroni cheese (esp if there are to be children there!)

Or Pasta Puttanesco (sp?) - I'm sure that's tomatoes and capers and herbs and veggie ....

Drladybird Thu 02-May-13 13:52:54

I'd go for a chilli, stew or curry. They normally smell so nice that meat eaters want to dig in too. What about this Blackbean and Chocolate Chilli? It is mild and very tasty. We served it in wraps so it could work well for a social event.
Otherwise, what about a moroccan style dish? They normally go down well because they are flavoursome but also easy to make. I have this Carrot and Chickpea stew recipe

TheSlug Thu 02-May-13 14:37:28

If you're going to make a chilli, they're best made with either lentils or quorn mince, you can add loads of veg to bulk it out, I fry onions, carrots, mushrooms, peppers (added to the pan in that order), add quorn mince, a couple of tins of toms, a tin of kidney beans, then a lovely stock with marmite and tomato puree, chilli powder, and anything else you have in your cupboard. Even yummier next day.

TheSlug Thu 02-May-13 14:38:05

asda's own veggie mince is better value but not as tasty (IMO)

Thanks again everyone. I'm saving some of these for my own use smile

blondebubble Thu 02-May-13 15:51:45

Whatever you do I would try and have some protein in it. It drives me crazy when the vegi option is just, well veggies, with no protein not a balanced meal imo!

lentils are protein aren't they? And with wholemeal bread buns that's balanced.

Or other pulses?

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 02-May-13 16:36:37

I'd say beans and lentils are protein
But given the arguments I'm having on other threads where as far as I'm concerned plain common sense has left the building, I don't know anything any more

StealthOfficialCrispTester Thu 02-May-13 16:38:00

Blondebubble, did you see the "plate of carrots" thread?

multitaskmama Thu 02-May-13 18:36:54

Chickpea are really easy. One tin serves about three people, so you could get away with 6-7 tins which only cost 3 for £1.

I use this recipe and it goes down a treat. I had taken it to the school summer fayre and it sold out in seconds! Good luck and don't panic, it will be great x


I haven't seen those threads? I just know there won't be any quorn being eaten on my watch! bleurghhhhhh

multitastmama that looks lush, bookmarked it. Do you think I could use passatta instead of blended tomatoes? Same thing surely? I love chickpeas in any form.

multitaskmama sorry spelt it wrong blush

WilsonFrickett Sat 04-May-13 00:05:50

A spring minestrone that's closer to a stew than a soup? So all the greens you can get (my veg box had masses this week and they're not normally lavish - spinach, kale, white flowering broccoli) in a light broth with pasta and some hard cheese to sprinkle over. (which makes it vegan-friendly too)

Thanks WF.

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