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Calling the chefly people

So tonight is FI and I's anniversary. We decided on no traditional gifts this year, but I'm going to attempt to make him dinner (for those who don't know or don't remember, I'm a bad cook).

So I'm making him a cracked pepper filet mignon as his main, with kale and olive oil mashed potatoes for the side. My question, however, pertains to me.

What kind of vegetarian main should I make for myself? I'm having trouble thinking of something, so I beg thee for ideas! The only guidelines I can think of off the top of my head is no eggplant or mushrooms, and preferably something relatively easy so I don't burn my house down :P

Also, this will be a post and run (I suck at not hitting snooze), but I'll be back sporadically throughout the day.

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    calindicalindi member
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    edited December 2011
    I'd do a nice big portobello as your "steak".  Lightly brush it with olive oil, garlic powder, pepper, and a little salt an grill it just as you'd grill the steak.  Delish!

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    SKP82SKP82 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_calling-chefly-people?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:81ce5f82-cd2d-4a39-b39f-5b50953fbc03Post:c8ab6ac3-85e4-4c3f-8a27-45c52d76a51b">Re: Calling the chefly people</a>:
    [QUOTE]I'd do a nice big portobello as your "steak".  Lightly brush it with olive oil, garlic powder, pepper, and a little salt an grill it just as you'd grill the steak.  Delish!
    Posted by calindi[/QUOTE]

    I was thinking that or grilled eggplant, but she said no mushrooms or eggplant.  I'm going to have to think about this one.

    How about some grilled zucchini, squash, and red onions?  If you're grilling the stead, you can cut the zucchini and squash long ways into slices, brush it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill that with the steak.  For the onions, I slice them through the middle (into rings), brush with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill.
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    SKP82SKP82 member
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    edited December 2011

    Or a nice big salad:

    http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/salads/baby-spinach-salad-with-cumin-couscous-and-bulgur/

    (You can leave out the couscous to make it easier)

    http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/salads/asparagus-salad/

    That one looks delish and I will be saving it for the future!

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    edited December 2011
    This is kind of different than steak, but what about a veggie fajita?

    Do squash, peppers, onions, and zucchini fajita style and then add to a tortilla with the normal fixings like cheese, sour scream, (assuming you're not vegan) guacamole, beans, rice, etc..

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    SKP82SKP82 member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_calling-chefly-people?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:81ce5f82-cd2d-4a39-b39f-5b50953fbc03Post:c3d08854-9e47-4363-990d-f8fd6d2ea483">Re: Calling the chefly people</a>:
    [QUOTE]This is kind of different than steak, but what about a veggie fajita? Do squash, peppers, onions, and zucchini fajita style and then add to a tortilla with the normal fixings like cheese, sour scream, (assuming you're not vegan) guacamole, beans, rice, etc.. edit: spelling
    Posted by jaycee7389[/QUOTE]

    That sounds delish!  I'm a big fan of doing a veggie meal now and then. 
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    calindicalindi member
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    edited December 2011
    Reading fail on my part...

    I do like the idea of kebobs, especially if you're grilling the steak on a BBQ.  Quarter onions (take off the peel), slice zucchini and yellow squash, and skewer it with cherry tomatoes, cover in the same olive oil/garlic powder/salt/pepper mix and stick 'em on the grill.  Yummy!

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    lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    edited December 2011
    Okay- I want to be sensitive to your needs for protein for this meal- and also sharing a similar experience with your FI. So I suggest-

    Grilled Tofu with a Mediterranean Chopped Salad


    http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_tofu_with_a_mediterranean_chopped_salad.html
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    lmwilberlmwilber member
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    edited December 2011
    What about some Soba Noodles? I found a few recipies that seem pretty simple.

    http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/11059

    or

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/soba-noodle-vegetable-salad-recipe/index.html
     
    or

    http://www.yummly.com/recipes/soba-noodle-salad-vegetarian

    Soba noodles are actually really easy to cook, and taste awesome, plus the lefto overs will make an awesome lunch the next day!
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    SKP82SKP82 member
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_calling-chefly-people?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:81ce5f82-cd2d-4a39-b39f-5b50953fbc03Post:7b33f49c-1c91-4804-8149-b2e5c251e40f">Re: Calling the chefly people</a>:
    [QUOTE]Okay- I want to be sensitive to your needs for protein for this meal- and also sharing a similar experience with your FI. So I suggest- Grilled Tofu with a Mediterranean Chopped Salad <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_tofu_with_a_mediterranean_chopped_salad.html" rel='nofollow'>http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_tofu_with_a_mediterranean_chopped_salad.html</a>
    Posted by lunarsongbird[/QUOTE]

    This looks good!
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    edited December 2011

    Maybe fettucini alfredo with grilled portabello pieces?

    OOPS no mushrooms.

    How about fettucini alfredo with grilled zuccini and roasted red bell pepper pieces?

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    lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/special-topic-wedding-boards_not-engaged-yet_calling-chefly-people?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Special Topic Wedding BoardsForum:136Discussion:81ce5f82-cd2d-4a39-b39f-5b50953fbc03Post:5962c68a-6b44-4fe0-ad45-5d7037d045ec">Re: Calling the chefly people</a>:
    [QUOTE]Maybe fettucini alfredo with grilled portabello pieces?
    Posted by NurseyK[/QUOTE]

    Nursey means grilled zucchini pieces. :)
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    SKP82SKP82 member
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    edited December 2011
    I got the feeling that she wanted something with more protein.  I guess I assumed that because I thought she wanted to have the kale and olive oil mashed potatoes as a side with her FI.

    So, I was thinking of something that would be a substitute for the steak.
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    ravenrayravenray member
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    edited December 2011
    How about Zucchini Curry soup?
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Curried-Zucchini-Soup/Detail.aspx

    It is really yummy. Add potato to make it thicker.
    Or Carrot Soup.  I have a yummy recipe if you want it. 
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    edited December 2011
    As a vege I agree on either a portabello mushroom or the tofu recipe lunar mention.  Which by the way lunar sounds amazing.  May be some tempeh or mock chicken recipe similar to what you are currently making....

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    zipis1zipis1 member
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    edited December 2011
    Thank you all for the suggestions! I ended up going with Lunar's idea since it was steak-y, and I've been meaning to attempt playing with tofu some more. It turned out pretty good, even with a few "whoopsies" by me :P And FI says his steak was rally good too, despite his having the bigger whoopsies! Yay! My mistakes are delicious!

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    lunarsongbirdlunarsongbird member
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    edited December 2011
    Yay, Zipis! I'm so glad everything turned out great!!
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