This is perhaps the most classic and easy-to-make supper option for a mixed crowd. Make a pot of good pasta and a couple different sauces or toppings.
• 3-Sausage Pasta Sauce or a basic meat ragu should keep the meat-eaters happy, although some might spring for the vegetarian option too!
• 8 Light, Meat-Free Pasta Sauces - Including a rich mushroom sauce, a lighter broccoli and feta pesto, and a basic tomato marinara.
This one is easy, right? Make pizzas and everyone can top them just the way they like. Here are a few pizza ideas and recipes.
Tacos or Tortilla Wraps
See a theme? Give people a base to build their own custom meal, just like with pizza. With tacos or tortillas, it's a lot of fun to build a little bar full of guacamole, salsa, pickled onions, rice, beansand shredded meat and cheese. The omnivores can eat meat; the vegetarians can build a meat-less burrito.
• Taco Bar Fixings - Everything you need to put together a great taco bar.
• How To Cook (and Shred) a Pork Shoulder - The meat for a meal like this is super easy (and cheap) - slow-cook a big pork shoulder in the CrockPot and then shred it.
Beans are a slightly different alternative, but we like the idea of introducing meat-eaters to delicious heirloom beans. With a little meat on the side, of course. But if they love those beans like we do, they may find that they don't want to eat quite so much meat.
• How To Cook Beans - A basic primer on pot beans. Cook a couple big pots of different heirloom beans, then have a few toppings ready.
• Florida Butter Beans with Caramelized Onions and Bacon - This is an easy topping, and much richer than you might think. You could even make this for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians - one batch with bacon and one without.
Treat the meat-eaters to lots and lots of vegetables with a giant chopped salad. Have dishes on the side of chopped hard-boiled egg, bacon, fried sausage, cheeses, grilled steak strips, and other salad toppings. We love a big chopped salad with plenty of fresh garden greens, lightly cooked corn, grilled zucchini, and other good vegetables.
What do you like to make when you cook for a mixed group?
Related: Good Question: Menu for Meat-Lovers and Vegetarians Too - Lots more good ideas in the comments here.
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