I posted this to hip_domestics, so I'll just copy that (edits and all!) instead of re-typing it. I know it's kind of a weird place to post this, but I figured the more places I ask, the more range I'll get!
I need some advice/pointers/etc.
My boyfriend's sister and her husband might be coming over on New Year's Eve. It's the first time I'll be meeting her, so I definitely want to make a good impression. Thing is, she's a vegetarian. I've asked the boyfriend unit what types of things she likes and what to make, and all he said was "pasta" (he's supposedly
going to find out soem more and get back to me on it).
So, I'm thinking of making noodles, and having chicken on the side for us meat eaters (the rest of us). Now, what kind of sauce (besides cream sauces; boyfriend doesn't like them) should I make? She's not a vegan, so she's fine with dairy products and the like. The only other thing I can think of is making two sauces as well, one a cream and one some type of oil sauce (which my boyfriend does like, or marina, but then that involves fixing beef to mix in it [yes, he's a picky eater]).
What kind of vegetarian friendly side dishes would go well with pasta, especially since my SO isn't big on veggies? I was thinking of stuffing (the kind for pork, since it's the only ones without actual meat in it) and spinach, but I need to find out if she'll eat spinach (which the boyfriend won't). The only other side I know he'll eat without complaint is mashed potatoes, but that seems weird to me to go with pasta. I could always do garlic bread or rolls, I suppose, but I guess I just want some suggestions on how I can approach this? I've looked at a bunch of vegetarian dishes but so many don't sound very good to me (then again, I'm not a vegetarian), so tried and true recipes would be preferred. Anything that helps save money is nice, too!
Thanks in advance!
Edit to clarify: I should have mentioned that she's fine being around meat that is being consumed, she just personally doesn't eat it. According to my boyfriend, she just never really liked the taste of meat, and rarely ate it growing up.
Yet another edit: My boyfriend in general loves
Italian food, so if there's any kind of vegetarian friendly Italian side that I'm not aware of, please do mention it! His sister's food preference gets priority over his, but I'd like to try to please as many people as possible. Also I'll add that he has eaten some cream sauces when I've made them to go over chicken but they're made with cream of chicken, so if anyone knows of a really tasty cream sauce that he might like, then that would definitely help!
Thanks again for all the help and suggestions; I really appreciate it!