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    Ziti casseroles for meat eaters and vegetarians

    DesertRose15
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:55 pm
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    I'm planning a casual get together for 10 and am planning to make 2 ziti (or other pasta) casseroles, one with and one without meat. Can you recommend a tried and true flavorful recipe that I can adapt in this way?
    Thanks!
    Dee514
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:57 pm
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    Are your vegetarians strict (no meat,poultry, etc at all), or will they eat poultry? If so, you can use Italian turkey sausage, or even ground turkey for meatballs.

    You can use the same recipe for both pans of ziti, make the meatless version first. Make sure to set aside some of the meatless sauce to pass at the table (should anyone want a bit of extra sauce).
    Then add crumbled, browned ground beef and (loose or casings removed) crumbled, browned Italian sausage to the remaining sauce, and prepare the "with meat" version using the same recipe and the remaining ingredients. icon_smile.gif

    Baked Ziti (meatless)
    Vegan Baked Ziti (uses vegetarian Gimme Lean sausage flavored TSP)
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    Baked Ziti (Ziti Al Forno) (meatballs - this is pretty close to the way I make mine)
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    Kittencal's Freezer Baked Ziti (Oamc) (ground beef and/or sausage)
    Baked Ziti With Spinach, Sausage, and Mozzarella
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    A "quick lasagne" (made with ravioli instead of the traditional layers of pasta sheets and cheese) might also work for you. icon_smile.gif
    Ravioli Lasagna recipes
    DesertRose15
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:18 pm
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    They don't eat any meat, but fortunately they aren't vegans so dairy is fine. Thanks for the reply and recipe ideas. icon_biggrin.gif
    Zeldaz
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:16 pm
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    You could just make all vegetarian dishes using TVP or another vegetarian/vegan product and I bet the meat eaters wouldn't even notice, as long as the sauce is flavorful and the cheese is plentiful. It would save a lot of expense, time, and mess. The Field Roast products are very good, as are Boca products.
    Amberngriffinco
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:29 pm
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    Mexican ones using black beans, corn

    Zucchini

    Eggplant !
    pinky kookie
    Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:25 pm
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    Here is this good pasta casserole recipe with no meat:

    GREEK PASTA WITH WHITE BEANS & SPINACH RECIPE -
    can use penne or bow-tie pasta
    http://www.food.com/recipe/greek-pasta-with-white-beans-and-spinach-426782


    Last edited by pinky kookie on Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:18 am, edited 1 time in total
    DesertRose15
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:11 am
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    Great ideas everyone! I personally like the Boca and Morningstar Farms products, but I'm not sure how that it would go over with the carnivores. That Greek pasta looks really good! Decisions, decisions! icon_lol.gif
    Chocolatl
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:46 pm
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    Meat eaters notice TVP. Trust me. It tastes nothing like meat. They may not say anything out of politeness, but they notice. TVP is an artificial, highly processed product; I would never serve it to guests.

    It would be better just to make a straight vegetarian dish. The casserole with beans and spinach looks good.
    Susie D
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:05 pm
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    We like Ravioli Baked With Broccoli and Spinach
    I reduce the spinach to one 10 oz box.
    Chocolatl
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:12 pm
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    Susie D wrote:
    We like Ravioli Baked With Broccoli and Spinach
    I reduce the spinach to one 10 oz box.


    I'm saving that one myself! yummy.gif
    Zeldaz
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:41 pm
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    Chocolatl wrote:
    Meat eaters notice TVP. Trust me. It tastes nothing like meat. They may not say anything out of politeness, but they notice. TVP is an artificial, highly processed product; I would never serve it to guests.

    It would be better just to make a straight vegetarian dish. The casserole with beans and spinach looks good.


    Preparation is everything. Field roast products are made with grain, not TVP. We are both solidly carnivores and enjoy their Italian "sausage" very much, as well as Boca lasagna, which has TVP as an ingredient. TVP is made with soy, not "artificial" ingredients. Not all meat eaters dislike all vegetarian meat replacement products, so please don't speak for us all.
    Chocolatl
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:53 pm
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    Zeldaz wrote:
    Chocolatl wrote:
    Meat eaters notice TVP. Trust me. It tastes nothing like meat. They may not say anything out of politeness, but they notice. TVP is an artificial, highly processed product; I would never serve it to guests.

    It would be better just to make a straight vegetarian dish. The casserole with beans and spinach looks good.


    Preparation is everything. Field roast products are made with grain, not TVP. We are both solidly carnivores and enjoy their Italian "sausage" very much, as well as Boca lasagna, which has TVP as an ingredient. TVP is made with soy, not "artificial" ingredients. Not all meat eaters dislike all vegetarian meat replacement products, so please don't speak for us all.


    I didn't say TVP was made with artificial ingredients, I said it was an artificial product, which it is.

    Please don't speak for all meat eaters when you say we can't tell the difference. We can. It's great that you like TVP, but I personally would NEVER serve it to guests, as I said.
    Zeldaz
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:50 pm
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    I have to admit I'm stumped by what you mean by an "artificial product", as TVP is a product made from natural ingredients, specifically soy. I have to ask if you consider tofu, miso, tempeh, (all made from soybeans), Quorn (made from fungus), seitan, and the Field Roast products (made from grain) artificial, as well? If all foods not presented in their original natural state are artificial, then that definition would include many, many things most people eat on a daily basis. Cheerios, for example, or bulghur, or cheese.
    My suggestion was meant to simplify things for DesertRose, not complicate them. I would have no problem serving any of those vegetarian alternatives to guests, vegetarian or otherwise. As I said, it's all in the preparation!
    Amberngriffinco
    Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:26 pm
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    is this turning into another fight? so what, to each his own.

    I wanted to say that Safeway makes their own brand of mushroom ravioli (frozen), that I think is really super delicious!
    SarasotaCook
    Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:59 am
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    http://italian.food.com/recipe/baked-ziti-ziti-al-forno-372383
    is pretty good; but I add fresh herbs and ricotta to mine.
    And rather than meatballs, sometimes I use Italian sausage bites.

    Sometimes, I make this http://cheese.food.com/recipe/baked-ziti-with-eggplant-and-ricotta-cheese-361847
    with I really love, but add more veggies for the vegetarians, squash, mushrooms, etc.

    This is also good; but I make my own spaghetti sauce, using san marzanos rather than buying a sauce. But, there are some good marinaras out there.

    I often like to make a base baked ziti without meat; just a few basic vegetables.
    Then, I grill sausages or meatballs on the side
    Or, a bowl of grilled vegetables.

    This makes it easy, and everything can be made in advance
    Note: I really like the fresh ricotta in baked ziti.
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