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A balanced dairy meal for shavuos that does not include fish...

As I'm planning for shavuos I keep running into the problem with having the meal be very dairy/carb heavy. My wife is not a very big fish fan and so we can't use that as a protein. We always do a goat cheese potato gratin as a side (which is seriously one of the best bites of food I have ever had its so damn good...) and I'm having trouble finding something to pair with it as a main that isn't fish or a pasta. Any suggestions out there?

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  1. Cheese blintzes - I can't wait!

    1. Vegetable tarts/quiche, mujadara, bean dishes, lentil dishes, nut loaf. I make lasagna with matzah instead of pasta (we like our Pesach lasagna more than the traditional version), but don't know if you consider that too heavy. Check for recipes on vegan websites and/or in vegan recipe books.

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      1. re: queenscook

        We make pesach lasagne with fried slices of eggplant rather than matza. Mmmmm... one of my favorite dairy dishes.

        1. re: jerusalem

          Where does eggplant lasagna end and eggplant parmesan begin? You are seriously making me hungry...

          1. re: SoCal Mother

            Lol.... you're right, it's probably just an eggplant parmesan that we just call it lasagna! In any case, it's delicious!

            1. re: jerusalem

              Eggplant rolatini also raises its hand...

              1. re: DeisCane

                Lasagna roll ups. Filling is roasted eggplant and cheese. (Too much cheese, but, its once a year!)

      2. Whimpering sauteed vegtables, and I love anything Indian

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        1. re: ettilou

          Could you please explain "whimpering sauteed vegetables"?

        2. There is a recipe in the old Moosewood cookbook called mushroom curry that we make for Shavuot. Not overly spicy, even has apples. No carbs, no soy, no dairy unless you saute in butter. A bit of work with all those ingredients.

          I dont put in coconut because I dislike it.


          We also make a spinach cheese casserole that is actually one of my week night dinners. Spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, a little flour, a little milk, yellow cheese. Bake until done. If you want the real recipe let me know.

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          1. re: SoCal Mother

            I make a very similar spinach dish, but no flour. Can be done with broccoli too.

          2. Mushroom and asparagus risotto

            1. The goat cheese/ potato dish sounds delicious. Is it filling? Maybe consider that the "main" and serve a green salad, roasted vegetable, and another salad. My current favorite is Brussels sprouts "Caesar"

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              1. re: cheesecake17

                Sounds like a good approach. I could see this going well with egg salad (I make it with a bit of curry powder for extra zing), quinoa tabbouleh, a bean salad, and a green salad. Along with challah, salatim, and yummy dairy dessert, you've got a filling meal that isn't heavy.

              2. I"m doing arancini, stuffed fried mushrooms, mac-n-cheese muffins, cheese latkes - and i'm roasting up some broc and/or cauliflower for a balance to the heaviness

                1. Breakfast type food, like French toast or pancakes?

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                  1. re: PotatoPuff

                    i usually do pancakes for the first night - kids love it

                  2. How about something with tofu or something made with fake meat?

                    1. What about beginning the meal with a hearty hot soup? Is it still cool enough where you are for that to be an appealing option?
                      One of my favorite soups, which has gotten a positive response from guests, is a spicy red lentil soup. http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cur...
                      I use veg stock instead of chicken and replace the chutney with chopped fresh mango or peaches.
                      Or you could do a pareve split pea soup, or other legume-based soup to provide protein.

                        1. What works really well for us is to cook up grains in advance and make a hearty grain salad to be served with a topping of nuts or with beans. This provides great protein and can be done before the holiday starts. You can google "Brown Rice with an Attitude," for one great idea. I even made it for my son's wedding. Also Mollie Katzen's fruited grain salad and spring vegetable salad are great for this time of year. You can google these as well. The advantage of being able to make before the hag starts and keep the components for assembling makes things go a lot more smoothly, especially for second night when you can't prep during the day.

                          1. I'm making Eggplant Parmesan and a Creamy Greek Potato Salad... You should check out the Spice & Spirit cookbook - has a nice selection of dairy meals that aren't just desserts and light lunches.