One of my most daunting tasks for this baby shower was to plan a menu that would be pleasing to all invitees and that it would still be vegetarian and it would represent me well. I couldn’t bear myself to say I planned a baby shower that would be filled with food and treats that I wouldn’t be able to try out or taste. The next toughest thing was to find a caterer that would be open to create a fully vegetarian menu where the meat-eaters would never miss the meat.
I was very lucky my sister and brother-in-law trusted me and my taste in food and didn’t even question my choices. I only informed them of the menu selected after it was all planned.
I decided to make the Appetizers and a Signature Drink or Bull and have the lunch catered by someone professional. I had too many things to look after to make food for 35+ people…
The appetizers we served were:
Red Bell Pepper Dip with an assortment of whole grain crackers
Erasmo, husband to my cousin Marilyn, fell in love with these Almonds… I gave them all to him to enjoy for later on.
We baked these the morning of the baby shower and they kept very fresh for the party. My sister’s nieces and nephew were cautious of these “pastelillitos” and their parents were almost sure they would not like them because spinach is not in their repertoire, but they were all surprised on how delicious they were. I was a bit afraid they would not leave enough for the other guests at a point… that’s how much they enjoyed them.
The catered part of the lunch included:
Green Tossed Salad with Candied Pecans and Cranberries with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
Whole Wheat Rolls with butter
Butternut Squash Risotto made with vegetable broth
Penne Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Creamy Sauce
Green Beans with butter and garlic
At the end, my sister and brother-in-law were very pleased with the baby shower we planned. And no one missed the meat… at least they never mentioned it to me!!!