Cook’s notes: A friend of mine who is vegetarian is getting married next year. This happy news inspired me to create several meatless menus based on fun themes. I love planning a good menu almost as much as actually having the party.
This party menu reflects some of the flavors of Asia. You may wish to choose the cuisine of just one country, such as China, Japan, or Thailand.
For a balanced menu, select the following:
• 3 to 4 cold hors d’oeuvres: dips, cheese, nuts, or veggies
• 4 hot dishes (small bites), including 1 to 2 main dishes
• 2 to 3 sides dishes, pasta salad, or tossed salad
• 1 or 2 sweet nibbles, served toward the end
The Livestrong site recommends a simple dinner party menu of mini-spring rolls appetizers with peanut sauce, cabbage and carrot salad tossed with chopped scallions, and a main course of vegetable lo mein.
Mini vegetable spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce
Thai Roasted Green Peas (link)
Vegetable dumplings with soy sauce
Vegetables and Side Dishes
Marinated cucumber salad
Snow peas with mushrooms
Rice: white and brown
Chocolate-covered crystallized ginger served with orange wedges
Green tea truffles (link)
Grilled pineapple slices