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Old 04-06-2009, 08:26 AM   #1
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Need vegetarian recipe ideas for large group (20-25 people)

I need recipe inspiration! Next week it's my turn to cook for our lunch club at work. I have to provide 5 meals (M-F) for 20-25 people. Meals usually consist of a vegetarian main dish, salad, bread, fruit and cookies. I have access to a fabulous kitchen at work to cook in: 2 stoves, 2 ovens, 2 dishwashers, 2 sinks, huge fridge, microwave, and pretty much any kitchen appliance/utensil/pot and pan you can imagine. I'm just lacking ideas for main dish recipes that are pretty easy to make for a large group.

As an aside, I'm a reasonably competent cook (certainly I enjoy cooking and know my way around the kitchen), but I'm preggo right now and still suffering from some fairly nasty morning sickness, so avoiding strong smells is going to be my biggest challenge. Sadly, I can't stand the smell of garlic and onion right now (two of my normal kitchen staples), which I feel like that narrows my recipe options a lot! Hence, I'm having a mental block in terms of what to cook. So, any advice or recipes you can point me towards would be much appreciated!

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Old 04-06-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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Re: Need vegetarian recipe ideas for large group (20-25 people)

My family loves lasagna roll-ups.

Ingredients:
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2-1/2 cups ricotta cheese
2-1/2 cups (10 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 jar (26 ounces) meatless spaghetti sauce

Directions:
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the eggs, cheeses, spinach, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Spread 1/3 cup cheese mixture over each noodle; carefully roll up. Pour 1 cup spaghetti sauce into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Place roll-ups seam side down over sauce. Top with remaining sauce. Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
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Old 04-09-2009, 01:35 PM   #3
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Black bean soup
pasta salad
bean salad
macaroni casserole
stuffed shells
enchiladas
chick/potato/spinach curry
tempeh stew
spicy baked tofu
pasta w/pesto
roasted veggie pizza
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:00 PM   #4
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Ant sort of past and sauce recipe is usually relatively easy to prepare for large crowds. I have recently found an alfredo recipe that I love, but it does have some garlic in it..,......though I'm sure you could eliminate it. LMK if you want it.
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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What about a cold bean salad?

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/r...ipe/index.html

I LOVE this!

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Old 04-19-2009, 04:14 AM   #6
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I would make tacos. You can make them with refried beans and rice. I don't think that would be too smelly, if you dont serve them with onions.
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:42 AM   #7
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If you can get a copy of the Mennonite cookbook "More With Less" - Amazon usually has them fairly cheap. They have fabulous veggie recipes for large crowds. I make them for our pot lucks at work & I'm in a jail with 60 employees
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