Fast and Easy Vegetarian Recipes that are Perfect for Company

If you’re cooking for company, whether they are meat-eating or not, there are a ton of fast and easy vegetarian recipes out there that you can create that are perfect to serve at a dinner party. Even better, these recipes taste so good that your meat-eating guests won’t even notice that you are serving a vegetarian meal.

If you’re the type of host who likes to have multiple courses, start with an appetizer of grilled eggplant. Cut slits into your eggplant. If you have a gas stovetop, hold the eggplant with tongs over the flame. Turn every couple of minutes until the eggplant is softened and the skin is black. Cut open the eggplant and scoop out the insides and place in a small bowl. Douse the eggplant with olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and basil. Serve this with diced tomatoes and chickpeas along with warm bread and olive oil for dipping. You can also include a crudités platter with raw carrots, celery, bell peppers, and broccoli along with a variety of dipping sauces.

For your main course, there are a bunch of fast and easy vegetarian recipes for risottos out there. One option for a very adult-friendly risotto is to make one with cream, mushrooms, and brandy. Saute your butter in a pan and add your mushrooms. Once they are tender, add some salt and pepper to season your dish, and then add your brandy. Boil until the liquid has been halved, and then add the cream and simmer for another five minutes. Set this aside, and get a fresh pot. Add some low-sodium vegetable broth to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to keep it warm. In a third pan, heat up some more butter and some olive oil, and add shallots and garlic. Add your risotto rice and cook until the rice is coated.

Add a little bit of the vegetable broth to the rice and simmer until the rice absorbs it all. Keep slowly adding the vegetable broth until all of the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Add the mixture of cream, brandy, and mushrooms that you previously set aside, and add some grated parmesan and parsley. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve this with a side salad and some fresh, crusty bread with a plate of olive oil sprinkled with additional freshly grated parmesan cheese.

If you’re looking for a wonderful, light dessert to pair with this meal, try making a puff pastry shell topped with your favorite fruit. You can buy frozen puff pastry from your local grocery store. Cut it into circles or squares, brush with some melted butter, sprinkle with sugar to make it sweeter, and cook according to the directions on the package. Once cooked, cut a hole in the top of the pastry, which is where you’ll place your fruit. Take whatever fruit you prefer—pears, apples, strawberries, or blueberries are great choices—and heat them up in a pot on the stove along with some sugar and cinnamon. Cook down until it’s syrupy and warm, and serve spooned over the puff pastry.

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