Vegetarians...what vegetarian option do you want to see on a menu?!
Are you looking for any particular theme? International cuisine? Here are some ideas:
Appetizers/Dips (they should all be served with toasted pita)
-Melitzanosalata (Greek eggplant dip)
-Muhammara (it's a Syrian hot pepper, crumbly dip)
-Hummus (can be flavored a number of ways)
-Creamy vegan Corn Chowder
-Turkish red Lentil Soup
-Soba noodle soup with shiitake mushrooms
-Teriyaki Seitan + Broccoli on a bed of rice
-Red Bliss Potato Casserole
-Quinoa Pilaf with Mixed beans, vegetables and Saffron threads
As for desserts, vegetarians will have an entire list to choose from, but perhaps have one dairy and egg-free option for the vegans and lactose intolerant? Something like vegan peanut butter brownies with sorbet?
Portobello Burger with pesto,mozzerella cheese,red onion!
Panini with portobello,mozzerella,tomato, & basil. Or even eggplant would be good instead of portobello
Any good pizza will make me happy!
A salad with lots of yummy toppings... avocado,egg,roasted red pepper,cheeses,olives,croutons,& the usuals,etc (obviously these all don't have to be on one salad)
There is a restaurant called Yardhouse and they actually have a menu with lots of vegetarian options because they use a veggie meat product called Gardein. They can make veggie buffalo chicken,burgers,etc.
One of the best meals I've ever had consisted of:
Chive raviolis stuffed with crimini mushrooms with a garlic wine sauce.
You could try a fancy mac&cheese!
I'm running out of ideas. Good luck :)
Wikipedia On Vegetable Proteins
i'm not a vegetarian but i do like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts,and seeds.
wikipedia has information on vegetarianism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetariani…
on veganism at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veganism
on leafy green vegetables at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaf_vegeta…
on lentils at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentil
on legumes at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legume
on alternatives to meat at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meat_analog…
on soybeans & soy products at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soybean
and on alternatives to dairy milk at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plant_milk
for vegetarian recipes use The One Word A Search Approach with words such as: quick, easy, raw, healthy, protein, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, breakfast, cereal, fruit, lunch, greens, lentils, legumes, dinner, casserole, souffle, pizza, cheese, dessert,and smoothie in the search box of vegetarian times at http://www.vegetariantimes.com and veg web at http://vegweb.com
I think it would be easier if you had vegan options on the menu instead. When I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian there were many vegan meals I ate happily.
If a vegan comes in and sees only vegetarian items (that are made with dairy) they will be frustrated.
Here's some vegan foods: (any dish can be made vegan BTW)
Enchilada bake (made w/ vegan cheddar)
"Cheese pizza" w/ "hot wings"
Black bean burritos w/ rice
Marinara spaghetti w/ Chick peas
Tofu vegetable soup
Cashew butter dip w/ pretzels
Celery and peanut butter
Salad w/ sesame seeds
Blue corn chips, bean dip, avocados and pico de gallo
Here's a vegan meat supplier:
Here are vegan recipes:
Vegan drinks: Green tea, steamed latte made w/ nut milk, carrot juice, apple juice, etc.
Vegan dessert: Raspberry turnovers, sugar cookies, chocolate cake, red velvet cake w/ "cream cheese" frosting, etc..
Vegetable fried rice
More varieties of salad! Lettuce and two slices of tomato is not a SALAD!
Spicy peanut noodles
Burritos/Tacos/Fajitas with beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, salsa, and hot sauce
Corn on the cob
Hot and sour soup
French fries that are not made with any animal fats
Tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole
Pita chips with different types of hummus
All of the above can be made vegan as well to attract more customers! ^_^ Good luck.
To be honest, I don't even know what they normally have at "expensive restaurants", anyway.
sweet and sour soup
baked tofu kebabs
idli,sambar, vada, iddyapam.
toasted fresh lima beans on a piece of paper ( Japanese thing)
For appetizers, I'm a big fan of mini veg spring rolls or marinated tofu with a sweet chilli dipping sauce.
I'm vegan, but this sounds good:
Roasted vegetables and portebello mushrooms over a scallion flatbread