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When was the last time you planned a barbecue and included veggies your kids might actually eat? Here are some appetizing options to tempt kids to eat well and also satisfy any vegetarian grown-ups who might drop in.

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Celeb chef and mom Susannah Locketti shares her meat-free platter ideas to serve at your next outdoor cookout. These are sure to please and keep your vegetarian guests from feeling left out.

Mediterranean Platter
On a large platter, include the following: hummus, tabbouleh, grilled pita chips, assorted olives and crudités. Garnish the hummus with a dash of paprika, a drizzle of olive oil, and chopped fresh parsley.

Italian Platter
Place grilled polenta squares on a large platter and top with grilled, chopped eggplant, portabella mushrooms, and onions. Garnish with halved grape tomatoes, chopped fresh basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and season with kosher salt and pepper. Grated Parmesan cheese can be served in a smaller bowl on the side.

Asian Platter
Line a large platter with Boston lettuce leaves. Top each leaf with bean sprouts, shredded carrots, julienne cucumber, and thinly sliced red pepper. Top with grilled, cubed tofu and crushed peanuts. Serve with peanut dressing.

French Riviera Platter
Serve the following on a large white platter plate: a wheel of brie warmed on the grill, red and green grapes, grilled multigrain baguettes rubbed with garlic, assorted nuts and honey. Garnish the cheese with fresh herbs for presentation.

Fast Food Platter
On a large platter, place grilled veggie dogs and burgers on grilled whole wheat buns. Serve with an assortment of thinly sliced vegetables, lettuce, pickle spears and condiment bowls filled with ketchup, mustard and relish.


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