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Vegetarian Roast dinner

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talksensetome Sun 31-Jul-16 11:44:22

I have never ever cooked for a vegetarian before, I am going to be cooking for my brothers new girlfriend who is vegetarian.
I know the obvious thing is don't serve her meat but what other things do I need to look out for.
Any hints or tips for making it delicious?

UntidyAn0n Sun 31-Jul-16 11:47:12

No meat juice in the gravy.
Tescos do a nut roast with a red peppercorn sauce.

talksensetome Sun 31-Jul-16 14:24:53

How do I make vegetarian gravy that's a good point.

PolterGoose Sun 31-Jul-16 14:33:05

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SharingMichelle Sun 31-Jul-16 14:34:19

Don't roast the spuds in with the meat.

No jelly for pudding!

baileyswalk Sun 31-Jul-16 14:35:10

Ordinary Bisto (red tub) is vegetarian and vegan

Bisto is veggie - I like the onion one.

If you make sure that all the roasties and sides are veggie, then you just need to do something for her main.

My ideal roast would consist of:
roasties
Yorkshire pud
stuffing (I'm happy with Paxo!)
cauliflower cheese
a big flat mushroom, stuffed with cheese and garlic breadcrumbs
loads of fresh vege, to include carrots and savoy cabbage at least

Totally agree re making sure that whatever main she has goes with all the usual sides. It's awful being presented with a bowl of pasta or something, when everybody else gets all the roasties etc.

SpecialStains Sun 31-Jul-16 14:47:56

I'm always happy with veggie sausages as my meat substitute and Bisto gravy.

The rest is the same as an ordinary roast, veg, potatoes (though not cooked with the meat), Yorkshires etc.

No gelatine in desserts.

PaperdollCartoon Sun 31-Jul-16 15:00:21

I'm vegan and make a lot of roast dinners!

Red Bisto is vegan/veggie if you don't add meat juices. I make it in the veg water which adds flavour.
Do roast pots in oil not fat, and mash is easy with vegan butter (though don't need to worry about that for veggies)
Paxo stuffing also vegan and bloody delicious, I always have that.
For the 'meat' bit I usually do veggie sausages or a veggie pie, or sometimes a lentil/nut loaf. Fry's brand are the best for all of these but Linda McCartney sausages and country pies (like mince beef and gravy pies) are delicious too.

AtleastitsnotMonday Sun 31-Jul-16 18:29:37

Check your wine! More wine seems to be veggie than not but If a wine is fined with the following, it is not suitable for vegetarians or vegans: Gelatine Isinglass (fish swim bladder), blood (not used generally any more).

talksensetome Sun 31-Jul-16 19:27:44

Thank you all so much lots of helpful tips there.

I am thinking of doing beef for the meat eaters in the slow cooker so it isn't contaminating anything else.
Nut roast for the meat aspect for the veggie option.
Roasted potatoes, carrots and parsnips all done with olive oil.
Mash
Broccoli cabbage and asparagus
So relieve to know Bisto and Paxo are OK. I was at a total loss about how to make gravy without meat juices! I will just make two gravy bisto with the veg water and proper meat gravy for the rest.
Is it OK to do both or is that singling her out?
Wine not a problem, she will be driving so soft drinks only.

Absolutely fine to do two gravies. She'll be v grateful that you remembered she couldn't just have the meat one!

PaperdollCartoon Sun 31-Jul-16 20:12:25

Fine to do two, and the extra effort is always very much appreciated.

Thanks for being a lovely welcoming host for a non meat eaters, I've seen plenty on MN who aren't!

talksensetome Sun 31-Jul-16 22:58:35

I just want to be respectful of her choice and not make her feel uncomfortable or awkward. She seems quite shy so I want you not make an issue of it hence asking mums net and not her.

YelloDraw Mon 01-Aug-16 21:20:09

You sound lovely talksensetome

talksensetome Wed 03-Aug-16 15:40:00

Thanks grin

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