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Baby Shower Menu: Greek Themed With a Challenge

Hello all. I am planning a baby shower and because of the (Orthodox) Easter holiday, we need to create a menu that is lenten, i.e. no dairy/meat products, for those that are abstaining. I was wondering if anyone had any good recipes for the following items:

Hummus
skordalia
eggplant salad
spinach rice

Also, we plan to do shrimp and chicken kebabs. Can anyone recommend good marinades and the best way to cook these ahead and keep them warm?

Many thanks : )

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  1. We love this tandoori chicken recipe from Cooking LIght: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/rec...

    It would be easy to turn into kebabs.

    You could make your own pita-I'm doing that myself right now, dough rising as I type so I can't tell you how it'll taste.

    I love this baklava recipe from Moosewood-it has the unusual apricot curd layer that really cuts the sweetness: http://books.google.com/books?id=RIZU...

    1. sorry, posted before I finished. I wonder if you could grill them ahead and then keep them in a crockpot or chafing dish to keep warm?

      I like this hummus recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
      (Oddly enough, I've also had luck subbing peanut butter for tahini when I've been out of tahini).

      1. The Barefoot Contessa has a fantastic marinade from grilled shrimp - it's incredible every time. I'm not sure of the exact proportions, but it has parsley, basil, garlic, dry mustard, olive oil - it's probably on line somewhere. For chicken, I cube it (and this works for either breasts or thighs) and then marinate it in lime juice mixed with garlic, salt and pepper and something we get here called Cavendar's Greek Seasoning. If you look for greek seasoning mix in your supermarket, there are several that work. I suspect it's a combo of thyme, rosemary and oregano. Don't marinate for more than 1/2 hour, because it will start to cook the chicken. There is no oil in this marinade, but you don't need it. HAve a wonderful shower!

        1. You could also make vegetarian stuffed grape leaves. (Many years ago I used to make a recipe from a cookbook called "Vegetarian Epicure." Is anyone else here old enough to still have that?)

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          1. re: NYCkaren

            I have an awesome recipe for vegetarian stuffed vine leaves - currants, pine nuts, yummy. I'll look for it if you are interested.

            1. re: NYCkaren

              I still have that book!! Used to make a lot from it back in the 70s.

            2. I don't have recipes to recommend but wanted to suggest lemon potatoes for your menu. They're so tasty and would be lenten.