I agree with you totally. Last Christmas, I made dinner. My SO was
supposed to receive a ham from work (I'm the only vegetarian and only
vlf eater in my family or his), so I decided to have everyone over.
Well, he forgot to bring the dead animal home, so our christmas dinner
consisted of baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, green beans with
sauteed mushrooms (I sauteed the mushrooms in red wine and it was
delicious), salad, rolls, and home-made stuffing from the PETA cookbook,
the Compassionate Cook, and non-animal gravy. No one complained about
there being no meat, and everyone went away full! Oh, yeah, for
appetizers I had caponata and marinated artichokes on crackers.
As far as nonfat desserts go, my personal favorite is baked apples.
They aren't low-cal, but they are non-fat. I core the apples, stuff
them with raisins, place in a baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water
in it, then sprinkle them with cinnamon and nutmeg and drizzle maple
syrup over them, bake them at 400 degrees until they are soft. Everyone
always seems to like these a lot.