I need to cook dinner for 8-10 people, 2 of whom are vegetarian, but that's not the real challenge. Luckily, they are not vegan, but one of them is allergic to peanuts, lentils, chickpeas, peas, and soy products, though soy sauce and lecithin (whatever that is) is okay. This is a celebratory reunion dinner for old friends, so I'd like to make something special, but not too elaborate since it does need to feed a crowd, and possibly sit around while people straggle in.
I was originally going to make two Thai curries, one meat, one tofu, but is there any other protein product I can put in the vegetable one? Any other menu possibilities? I don't mind making two versions of the same dish. I have and like Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, so if there's something in there that's been especially successful (and doesn't have peanuts, soy, chickpeas, etc.), that would be especially helpful.