Our new sitter is a vegetarian. She often sweetly texts me asking if the food I have made our kids is vegatarian so she can eat it as well. Being as we probably eat way more meat than we should (I fall back on the great cooking maxim: when all else fails, add bacon) more often than not I have sheepishly texted back that it is not. I now buy her tofu and rice and beans, but being Italian means I feel a certain amount of shame if I haven't actively fed a guest in my house. So I've been trying to make a vegetarian dish every weekend so she has something to eat.
My problem with vegetarian cooking is that I find it's a lot of work if you want to get a decent taste out of the dish. I subscribed to Vegetarian Times a year or so ago and found the recipes to be so multi-layered and complicated and at the end the results were generally not worth the amount of effort I put into it. I've had better results with Moosewood recipes, but again the pain in the ass factor is pretty high on those as well.
So if you have any great vegetarian recipes that don't require a ridiculous amount of time or super wonky components, I'd love to hear about it. I am thinking something that one can make in a vat so she can eat it throughout the week. I looked up a lot of vegetarian chili recipes but felt uninspired. Just wondering what people have done with proven results to yummy.
I made this one this week and it was really tasty, but the PITA factor was on the high side (I'd never peeled and chopped a butternut squash before. I was exhausted.) and the volume was enough for maybe two meals. I share it here because it's worth trying and I'm hoping you will return the favor!