November 25, 2021

What to Cook for my Vegetarian Girlfriend?

If you’re wondering ‘What to Cook for my Vegetarian Girlfriend?’, today’s blog has your answer! We recommend an appetizer of baked bread with a melted cheese wheel, a main course of either baked cauliflower with butter or mushroom risotto, a side of green leaves with mango and pomegranate salad, followed up by a simple tiramisu in a cup!

Appetizer

Baked Bread with a Melted Cheese Wheel

We came across this amazing idea several years ago. When our friends come over for dinner we usually start with a few kinds of cheese (brie, goat & blue is our regular entente!), charcuterie and other delicatessens.

What to Cook for my Vegetarian Girlfriend?

One night, Lisa had a brilliant idea of baking a small wheel of brie in a round loaf of bread (just until it’s all gooey!). Add a little thyme and salt for taste and it’s done. To eat, simply tear off a piece of bread, dip it in the cheese and enjoy!

It’s such a simple & cheap recipe and always gets great compliments from our friends.

Ingredients: Approximate cost $10

  • 1x Round loaf of Russian black bread.
  • 1x 200g small wheel of cheese (triple or double brie is perfect).
  • 2 to 3 sprigs of thyme.
  • Sprinkle of salt.

Method (serves 4-6)

  • Preheat oven to 380°F.
  • With a knife, carefully hollow out just enough of the middle of the bread for the cheese wheel to sit in snuggly.
  • Next, make some diagonal cuts along the top of the cheese rind (please don’t skip this point or it will explode 😉 ).
  • Put the cheese wheel into the bread load.
  • Move the bread loaf into the oven for 20 minutes. Remove and let it cool for 2 minutes.
  • Grind/cut the thyme a little and sprinkle it over the melted cheese. Finally, add a sprinkle of salt and you’re done!

Main course (entrée)

Baked Cauliflower with Butter

Sometimes vegetarian dishes can leave you feeling a little less than full. This recipe solves that problem!

Cauliflower is very filling, healthy (as per healthline.com) and tasty when cooked right. This dish was a real hit when we had some of our vegetarian friends over recently!

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Ingredients: Approximate cost $5

  • 1x large head of cauliflower.
  • 75 grams of butter.
  • 1x Tablespoon of olive oil.
  • A nice salt to sprinkle (we love volcanic salts).

Method (serves 4)

  • Preheat oven to 380°F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil and then add in the cauliflower (head down) for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the cauliflower from the boil and drain (head down) in a colander.
  • In a saucepan, melt the butter and mix with the olive oil.
  • Put the cauliflower (head up) on a baking dish and brush on the olive oil mixture.
  • Bake the cauliflower in the oven for 2 hours, reapplying olive oil mixture every 30 minutes.

Mushroom Risotto

This one is another show-stopper of Lisa’s and is perfect on a cold day. It’s simple to prepare, tastes delish and is a great excuse to try new mushroom varieties from your local greengrocer!

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Ingredients: Approximate cost $20

  • 1.5x cups of Arborio rice.
  • 500 grams of champignons and 500 grams of miscellaneous in-season mushrooms (from a greengrocer).
  • 1x brown onion.
  • Half a glass of white wine.
  • 3x cloves of garlic.
  • 1 liter of vegetable stock.
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • A very small amount of parmesan cheese.

Method (serves 2)

  • Dice the onion and thinly slice the mushrooms.
  • Heat a large pot at medium heat and add the olive oil. In the pot, sauté the onion until it’s translucent. Now add the garlic.
  • Add the mushrooms to the pot and cook until just browned.
  • Add the rice and two cups of vegetable stock and stir until the liquid has absorbed. Now add the wine and let this absorb.
  • Continue to add stock so as not to let the rice burn. Stop adding stock once the rice stops cease to absorb it.
  • Serve with a little grated parmesan cheese and you’re done!

Side dish

Healthy Green Salad with Mango & Pomegranate

Scott’s not usually a fan of tropical fruit with salad but the flavors on this one blend surprisingly well. We have it rather often and there’s even sometimes mango left over for dessert.

Ingredients: Approximate cost $10

  • 200 grams mixed leaves of your choice (spinach and rocket are a good combination).
  • A handful of pomegranate seeds
  • 1x mango sliced into thin strips.
  • 1x avocado sliced into thin strips.
  • 2x tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1x tablespoon of balsamic vinegar.

Method (serves 2)

  • Add the mixed leaves into a large salad bowl.
  • Scatter the mango, avocado and pomegranate seeds evenly over the leaves.
  • Whisk together olive oil and balsamic vinegar and drizzle over the salad. You’re done!

Dessert

Tiramisu Mini Cups

This is by far Scott’s favorite and is something he makes for Lisa when it’s his turn to make a special dinner. It goes without saying that this is not healthy food…but you can’t always be good, sometimes you need to treat yourself!

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Ingredients: Approximate cost ($15, assuming you have the Kahlua on hand)

  • A quarter of a cup of caster sugar.
  • 125 grams of mascarpone cheese.
  • Half a cup of thickened cream.
  • A quarter of a cup of espresso coffee.
  • 1 shot of Kahlua liqueur.
  • Cocoa/hot chocolate powder for decoration.
  • 6-8 savoiardi biscuits.

Method (serves 4, so maybe save some in the fridge for tomorrow!)

  • In a bowl, mix the caster sugar and mascarpone cheese together until well blended.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the thickened cream in a separate bowl until it begins to stiffen.
  • Combine the sweetened mascarpone and thickened cream into a bowl and mix well.
  • In another bowl, mix the coffee and Kahlua. Break the savorardi biscuits into smaller chunks and dip each into the coffee mixture.
  • Place a few pieces of biscuit in each cup and then dollop over with the cream mixture until each cup is full. Sprinkle the top of each cup with cocoa and you’re done!

As the French would say, bonappetit! We hope you found our post useful and wish you all the best for your date!

Would you like to make your date even more special? We recently wrote a blog on our favorite romantic gestures (which are kind of like the icing of the cake for a date to make it just a little more fun)! Check it out here!