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Six-course gluten-free, vegan or meat tasting menu for any occasion

Six-course gluten-free, vegan or meat tasting menu for birthdays, Thanksgiving or any occasion!

6 course

I was inspired to make and post this tasting menu because Thanksgiving is coming up in the USA, but I make tasting menus for birthdays, or any other time I feel like doing something nice for someone or cooking a bunch of food. I’ve also never cooked a whole turkey myself, so upfront I’ll say there is no turkey in this tasting menu! I know the saying goes “there’s no time like the present” but I don’t believe that when it comes to making food that other people have to eat.

It’s a long post, so I’ll get right to it. Here are some recipe ideas to give yourself, you and your significant other, family or friends a great night in, anytime! I included the nutritional value for each item, plus a total for the overall meal.

Six-course tasting menu

The recipes link to pages on the blog to keep this post shorter. Four dishes are vegan and for two of the courses (pasta and main) there are meat and vegan options.

I’ve added wine pairing suggestions, but I’m totally into drinking Prosecco and to me, it goes with everything. At 80 calories a glass, it’s also better for you … well in my mind! Wine pairings average about 2-3 ounces a glass, so for the full meal it is the equivalent of 2 full glasses of wine).

First course: Blistered shishito peppers

Blistered Shishito Peppers

Note: Substitute with banana peppers if heat is a concern.

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 131.5
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carb: 9g
  • Protein: 2.5g

Wine pairing

Spanish Rioja

Second course: Cream-less mushroom soup

Mushroom soup

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 105 calories
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbs: 5 g
  • Protein: 4g

Wine pairing

Australian Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Third course: Stuffed zucchini salad

Zucchini

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 164
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carbs: 10 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Wine pairing

German Riesling

Fourth course: Spaghetti

With ground chicken 

Vegan or meat spaghetti

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

Calories: 281
Fat: 8 g
Carbs: 30 g
Protein: 14 g

With ground tofu

spaghetti pasta with tomato sauce.

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 181
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbs: 30 g
  • Protein: 9 g

Wine pairing

Argentinian Malbec

Fifth course: Main Roast

Pot roast

Roast Beef with Potatoes and Carrots

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 347
  • Fat: 18 g
  • Carbs: 27 g
  • Protein: 32 g

Wine pairing

Australian Syrah or Argentinian Malbec (full bodied)

Or

Portobello mushroom roast

Portobello Mushroom Pot Roast

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Using 1/2 a portion size for a tapas size)

  • Calories: 135
  • Fat: 4.5 g
  • Carbs: 20 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Wine pairing

Australian Syrah or Argentinian Malbec (light to medium body)

Six course: Bake-less salted almond butter fudge

Salted almond fudge

See the recipe

Approximate nutritional information for 1 serving (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

  • Calories: 175
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbs: 7.3g
  • Protein: 4g

Wine pairing

Tawny Port or Grappa

Approximate nutritional information for 6 courses for 1 person (Based on brands and amounts used in the recipe)

With meat

  • Calories: 837 (with wine pairing 1,097, with Prosecco 997)
  • Fat: 43g
  • Carb: 64g (with wine pairing  or Prosecco 74g)
  • Protein: 57g

Vegan

  • Calories: 760 (with wine pairing, 960, with Prosecco 860)
  • Fat: 32.5g
  • Carb: 53g (with wine pairing or Prosecco 63g)
  • Protein: 38g
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