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My husband has invited his parents and immediate family over to our house for a bbq to celebrate his mother's birthday this coming weekend, and I've gotta come up with a meal now! She is not a vegetarian, but really isn't into meat, and I can't bear to char the ever loving heck out of chicken to make her happy, so we are better off going with minimal meats for this endeavor. Since she is Italian and LOVES Italian food, I figured I'd grill some pizzas, throw together a green salad, make her a cake, plus Martha's creme fraiche peach pie(swoon), and come up with SOMETHING else to grill for the main part of dinner. Suggestions?

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  1. Is grilling mandatory? If not, how about spaghetti with pesto, there's lots of basil around this time of year.

    1. Any vegetable in season will grill beautifully. Don't over-think it.

      1. Grill some shrimp. I know she isn't really into meat, but Italians eat a lot of shrimp and if you are grilling anyways...Shrimp Kabobs would be good. Oh and maybe a Caprese salad instead of a green salad

        1. baked/broiled artichokes are always yummy

          simple roasted summer veggie pasta tossed with garlic/oil/parm shavings

          Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

          Burrata cheese with fresh tomatoes on toasted ciabatta (and pesto)

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          1. re: thimes

            Why not grill the artichokes? It gives them great flavor...

            1. re: perk

              agreed, I love grilled artichokes. I was just thinking the grill may be filled with pizza, so was thinking of "non-grill" foods ideas to free up grill space.

          2. Throw some clams on the grill and serve with melted butter.

            1. I would grill some in-season vegetables, cut into bite-sized pieces and then toss with a light dressing. To dress it up, add some feta or goat cheese and some fresh herbs. If you are a recipe kind of person, almost any Italian grilled veggie recipe would work well for you.

              1. Thanks for all of the great suggestions!!! She hates shrimp(!?!!!?!!) but is always looking for a great pasta dish with minimal sauce that's full of veggies. I will grill the veggies ahead of time and then toss everything together with some spaghetti, and cheese, and and preserved lemon.

                1. Grilled Eggplant, Portabello Mushrooms, and Tomatoes - add a little parm or romano and stack em up

                  Stuffed or Unstuffed Grilled Artichokes

                  1. I love the idea of grilled vegetables for an antipasti.