With more people limiting or eliminating meat from their diets, having a meatless entrée on hand is a good idea if you don't know the dietary preferences of your guests. Many recipes, like spaghetti and chili, lend themselves to a meatless treatment, but make sure to adjust the spices so the result isn't bland. When you're in a hurry, you can prepare a standard version of the recipe and then remove a portion before you add the meat. That way you can please everyone and still save valuable time and energy. Meatless meals are often lighter choices, too. So, consider them when you have strenuous activities planned for later in the day.
If you're letting out all the stops when serving meatless fare, try double-hearty double-quick veggie chili. It has flavor to spare, and it cooks up fast.