Combing veg*n and non-veg*n Easter meals - VeggieBoards
Forum Jump: 
Thread Tools
#1 Old 03-29-2007, 01:04 PM
sailorwife5704's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 68
There is no way DH's family will go veg for Easter. But it will be at my house. We see the family once a year for Easter/spring break. This is the first year the meal has been put on me to make. Normally we go out for a fancy brunch but things happened and reservations were not made. So now I Have to cook and I do not know what to make. I know ham is a must for them. But what else? I want a meal I can enjoy too. And something my son can enjoy (he's 1) But I don't want to weird them out at all. My MIL cooks even veggies in animal fat so I can't really have her make stuff. LOL.

Help me here. I want to make a good impression with my first big veggie meal. I figure if they see I can make a variety of foods that taste great they will have less issue with the fact that I have gone veg*n.

sailorwife5704 is offline  
Sponsored Links
#2 Old 03-29-2007, 02:49 PM
Veggie Regular
thebelovedtree's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 3,477
I'd make someone else bring the ham and just make lots of yummy side dishes.

Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, greens, biscuits, salad, etc.
thebelovedtree is offline  
#3 Old 03-29-2007, 03:09 PM
Veggie Regular
rabid_child's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 12,282
You could go italian and have vegetable lasagna, salad, bread, foccacia, bruscetta, fried zucchini with marinara sauce to dip it in... Things that are already vegetarian so people don't necessarily notice that they're eating a veggie meal!
rabid_child is offline  
Sponsored Links
#4 Old 03-29-2007, 03:11 PM
Veggie Regular
Treehugger267's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 3,795
Sweet potato casserole is always a hit at our house.
Treehugger267 is offline  
#5 Old 03-29-2007, 04:21 PM
sailorwife5704's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 68
Well I can't make anyone else bring the ham since the family is staying in a hotel. LOL.

But I can do green bean casserole and mashed potatoes, they'll eat that. (they're not big on anything that doesn't have meat, even MIL's mashed taters have meat in them)

It's a bit frustrating because I am still working on being veg myself and this seems like added stress. Anyway thanks. I am going to look up a sweet potato casserole now. Had it before but never made it. Thanks.
sailorwife5704 is offline  
#6 Old 03-29-2007, 04:40 PM
Veggie Regular
nookle's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 3,003
I completely understand the stress of this situation, as I have been in similar ones, but for what it's worth, I think that it's not reasonable for them to ask ( maybe not in so many words) you to cook meat for them. I think that it is unfair, unreasonable, and selfish.

Sorry - I know that probably doesn't help, but extended families ( mine, anyway ) do this stuff all the time, and it irks me.
nookle is offline  
#7 Old 03-29-2007, 05:10 PM
Sarah+13's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 69
Are you ovo-lacto? I eat a very limited amount of egg and dairy usually, but for Easter I tend to go all out with those and eat things I don't make any other time of the year. Last year for Easter, I made a spring greens salad, deviled eggs, macaroni and cheese, corn casserole, yeast rolls, roasted asparagus, and cheesecake with homemade cherry topping for dessert.

I like to have a menu that highlights yummy spring vegetables and also eggs & dairy to break the Lenten fast. The corn casserole is something that is yummy that I generally never make because it's high fat/calorie, but it's always a hit with omnis, and is great for vegtable haters. I figure if I can't tempt them with the asparagus and salad, more for me! And at least I can trick them into eating a quasi-vegetable if I hide it in an eggy casserole.

The good thing about ham for Easter is at least you don't have to prepare it, just buy the thing.
Sarah+13 is offline  
#8 Old 03-30-2007, 08:05 AM
Veggie Regular
cftwo's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 912
I'm visiting my sister for Easter, and she asked what she should make for me, since her DH insisted on ham or some other large slab of meat for Easter. I had some great suggestions from the people here. She'll make the ham with some sides that I can eat (things like potatoes, green bean casserole, bread, salad, etc.) and then maybe a tortellini pasta salad, or a veggie loaf or something like that for me. So essentially, two mains, and then a bunch of veggie sides.
cftwo is offline  
#9 Old 03-30-2007, 08:14 AM
Veggie Regular
cookingVeg's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,202
I suggest scallopped potatoes (proper ones, without the canned mushroom soup), broccoli or spinach quiche if you're not vegan, green salad, and rolls. Quiche is a nice option because omnis tend to like it. (I'm not suggesting you not make the ham, just that they might try what you're eating and they're less likely to make fun of it.)

I've also had good luck with serving sauteed mushrooms (crimini, shiitake and portobello) and goat cheese on puff pastry as a vegetarian main.
cookingVeg is offline  
#10 Old 04-01-2007, 05:24 PM
nori_roll's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 141
you've got some really good suggestions so far, but I'll add a few things I'm planning on making this easter that we can all eat to go along with the ham my mother is making-

- (oven roasted potatoes! we're big potato eaters and these are delicious, I actually prefer this recipe with new potatoes instead of regular ones but you can use any kind- even sweet potatoes!)

- garlic roasted asparagus

- zucchini bread

and for dessert I'm thinking either carrot cake or strawberry angel food cake parfaits

good luck!
nori_roll is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the VeggieBoards forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off