How to Throw a Vegetarian Dinner Party: A “Clean Eating” Menu for Entertaining

We entertain family and friends a lot at our house and everybody who comes knows the deal…the dinner is going to be healthy. This makes first time dinner guests a little nervous (I admit it’s mostly the men that worry they’ll be stuck eating sprouts and rabbit food; my girlfriends are always more adventurous.)

Anyway, I know most people have their “company is coming” super tasty standby go-to special recipes that are most likely loaded with butter, cream, etc. but I just don’t get it. The thing is it takes just as much time and effort to make something healthy as it does to make something unhealthy so if you are going to go to the effort to cook and entertain you might as well make it healthy. And, as I’ve been on a mission to prove for years now….healthy “clean eating” can be tasty too! So why on earth anyone would serve their friends and family a bunch of junk is just beyond me.

Where’s the Beef?

While my dinner parties are always healthy they aren’t often vegetarian. But, in the spirit of my enthusiasm for a plant-based diet these days I decided to throw a vegetarian dinner party. In fact, the entire meal was basically vegan with the exception of 1/4 cup grass-fed ricotta, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and a dollop of whipped cream on the dessert (and that was divided up among 6 people!)

I assure you nobody missed the beef though. In fact, I insisted on video taping our friends as they taste tested the meal and you can listen to the comments (even from the boys!)—my meat-free dinner was a hit ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the Menu:

Chopped Veggie Salad with Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
Semi-Homemade Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup
Penne Bake with Roasted Zucchini & Shitake Mushrooms
Brandied Peaches with Dried Cranberries & Fresh Whipped Cream

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