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Imaginative Vegetarian Menus

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Planning vegetarian menus may be a new experience. A meal without meat as a central focus requires more planning. Using easy vegetarian recipes makes vegetarian cooking a snap.

Don't get lazy - plan ahead.

Tapas or Small Plates

An assortment of hors d'oeuvres instead of the traditional menu of soup or salad with a main dish of protein, carb and veggie can create new eating patterns.

Spanish Tapas use a wide variety of appetizers, or snacks. They may be cold (mixed olives and cheese) or warm (Garbanzos with Rosemary). In Spain, restaurant customers can order many different tapas and combine them to make a full meal. In some Central American countries such snacks are known as bocas.

The serving of tapas is designed to encourage conversation because people are not so focused upon eating an entire meal that is set before them.

Plan by Country or Style

To develop a sense of what foods go well together, plan a vegetarian menu around a certain cusine or style of cooking, such as Italian, Oriental, or Mediterranean. The United States is a melting pot of national cuisines. If you have a fridge of fresh organic vegetables, ask, "Do we want Italian, Oriental, Mexican, or Greek?"

Combining the appropraite ingredients and spices can make your stir fry different every night.

Gourmet Main Dish

Of course some foods should stand as the hightlight with the other dishes playing minor roles. Your menu will start with the fantastic main dish, then plan a few other simple dishes to compliment the star.

If you are having guests for this meal, you may want to practice the main event prior to the big night. Remember, a dish may take longer to make the first time. Gen has some full bodied recipes that will fit the bill, even for your non-veg friends.

Table Setting for Main Dish

Try and choose your menus sensibly using simplicity as your goal. Too many complcated tasts together looses the effect.

Plan ahead to make your Vegetarian Menu sing!

Best Vegetarian Recipes

Share your best vegetarian recipes. Recipes can be a simple side dish or a more complex main course. Include a picture!

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