Baby Shower Food for Vegetarians
Planning a baby shower that features vegetarian food might seem daunting if you're not used to coming up with meatless party menus. But vegetarian baby shower food can be quite easy to prepare.
Whether you're looking for a few ideas to add to the spread for vegetarian guests, or you plan to serve an entirely vegetarian baby shower menu, there are lots of elegant and delicious options. In fact, non-vegetarians probably won't even notice that none of these recipes contain meat or fish.
Light done right: Dainty finger foods and baby showers just seem to go together, and it's easy to create vegetarian versions. Try Herb & Cheese Diamonds -- toasted finger sandwiches with port wine cheese, mascarpone, watercress, fresh herbs and tomato -- a baby shower food idea from Holidash.
Epicurian Vegan offers an all-vegan (without dairy or any other animal products) menu of baby shower food that includes creamy Cucumber Sandwiches with seasoned Tofutti cream cheese and vegan mayo. Bruschetta, the Italian appetizer of chopped tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil and balsamic vinegar over a lightly toasted baguette, is simple and vegetarian, and adding mozzarella cheese is optional.
Fresh picks: A crudite platter of fruits and vegetables is always a popular choice for baby shower food that will please everyone. Offer ranch dressing and hummus for dipping, or make a homemade Garlic Spinach Dip, with creamy Neufchâtel cheese and a dash of hot sauce.
Go beyond those basics by adding hot appetizers such as Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Mushrooms In Phyllo. The recipe, from Better Homes and Gardens, may sound complicated, but with just five ingredients and a 30-minute prep time, it's actually quite simple. Texas Caviar contains no meat or animal products, just black beans and black-eyed peas marinated with chopped veggies, herbs, spices and jalapeno peppers. Serve with tortilla chips or crusty bread.
Bigger bites: If the planned baby shower food buffet will include entrees, Penne Greek-Style With Chickpeas from Woman's Day is a meatless option of pasta, roasted peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, olives, feta cheese and canned chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans). This Mediterranean-style pasta dish makes a great vegetarian baby shower food that can be served at room temperature and takes only 15 minutes to prepare.
Fritattas are another meatless entree option that work especially well for a baby shower brunch. Kitchen Daily's Zucchini and Feta Fritatta combines eggs, potatoes, zucchini, tomato and feta, cooked on the stove top and broiled until it puffs in an ovenproof skillet.
Something sweet: Baby shower foods include sweets, and usually a cake. Cake is vegetarian, but generally not vegan, with eggs and milk required in most recipes. So, if your guest of honor observes a vegan diet, be sure to make a vegan cake.
For something really indulgent, serve Chocolate Covered Strawberries, which are surprisingly simple to make, or Banana Cheesecake with Caramel Sauce.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.