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Hey, I could use some ideas for a dinner where the guests will be a vegetarian (not entirely vegan, but edging that way), an enthusiastic meat eater who's not big on vegetables, and a couple of generally picky kids. Thanks!

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Last updated: Jun. 11, 2012 2:14 pm
Posted: Jun. 10, 2012 5:32 pm
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Jun. 10, 2012 5:37 pm
Maybe two pasta dishes using the same kind of pasta, just two sauces ... one without meat and one with.
Jun. 10, 2012 5:51 pm
Great minds!
Thisni Caza
Jun. 11, 2012 10:16 am
That's a great idea! I was going to say 'make reservations'. Which I know is not at all helpful but this sounds like quite a challenge!!
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Jun. 10, 2012 5:50 pm
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Jun. 10, 2012 5:52 pm
...maybe just skip the word "eggplant" with the kiddos!
Jun. 10, 2012 6:09 pm
Pasta would seem to be the answer. The sauce could be wholly vegetarian, the noodles very light (Capellini?) to work into this. For the meat eaters, you could do meatballs on the side, which strikes me as being sort of on the bubble of fairness, in that you aren't keeping the vegans from the showpiece (which might be the case with offering shrimp, crab, lobster or steak or scalopini with your pasta) Fresh grated asiago or whatever on the side, that the vegans can ponder as an individual issue? A dash of Vodka or red wine into the pasta sauce does sweeten it up a bit (I prefer the wine), don't be afraid of using hot peppers. My thought only.
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Jun. 10, 2012 6:13 pm
This is really delicious, and even my Carnivore husband loves it. I add a lot of extra garlic, and use more veggies than called for, and I sprinkle fresh basil in each layer as well. I also do a layer with spinach. I make my own sauce, but you can use whatever tomato sauce is easy for you.
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Jun. 10, 2012 6:40 pm
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Jun. 10, 2012 7:29 pm
You could do something like this. Although vegetarians will eat pasta it is not a go to meal for most.
Thisni Caza
Jun. 11, 2012 10:18 am
I love this dish and it is very hearty. It is a dish where you truly will not miss the meat!
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Jun. 11, 2012 10:20 am
This is good but does use a lot of prepared ingredients. I've only made it once and like it but think it would be also be good with mushrooms or additional veggies.
Commented by: bostoncook
Jun. 11, 2012 2:14 pm
Maybe make a big arranged salad with lots of veggies, cheese choices, bread and then a meat option on the side.
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