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    Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:36 pm Groupie
    Hey Everyone!
    We're having a Summer Solstice party in a few weeks, and we have a VERY tight budget now. I could use some suggestions for cute, tasty, summery, inexpensive foods/presentations? I'd prefer to have mainly finger foods, but suggestions for salads, and quick hot grilled ideas also welcome!

    Oh yes, and vegetarian/Vegan friendly!
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:48 pm Groupie
    Nikoma wrote:
    Hey Everyone!
    We're having a Summer Solstice party in a few weeks, and we have a VERY tight budget now. I could use some suggestions for cute, tasty, summery, inexpensive foods/presentations? I'd prefer to have mainly finger foods, but suggestions for salads, and quick hot grilled ideas also welcome!

    Oh yes, and vegetarian/Vegan friendly!

    Do all the foods need to be vegetarian/Vegan friendly?
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:55 pm Groupie
    Yes. Indeed they do icon_smile.gif

    I can convert a lot of non vegan recipes. So if something is close/not quite feel free to share it!

    Also, it it helps. I'm trying for sort of a Margaritaville theme.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 12:59 pm Groupie
    OK, I'll see what I can find. I don't follow a Vegan diet but I do cook that way once in a while for our oldest daughter.
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:15 pm Groupie
    Thanks very much!!
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:27 pm
    Forum Host
    Wraps are good - any kind of vegetarian filling could go into a wrap. I have used this filling with tortillas, Fancy Chickpea Salad
    - very cheap if you cook your own chickpeas, Cooked Chickpeas or Garbanzos (Slow-Cooker) . Also good as a spread for crackers.

    Also saw this which sounds good, Buffalo Tofu Wrap

    Falafel are good, especially if you serve them with a variety of sauces. A tahini sauce, a spicy one with yogurt or mayo, etc. I made this one recently, Falafel
    You could make these ahead of time and freeze them.
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:05 pm Groupie
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:37 pm
    Forum Host
    These are very pretty and I am sure would be good without the meat or with something substituted for it, Italian Chopped Salad in Shells

    ditto Mini Frittatas - Giada De Laurentiis

    Zucchini Bites
    Almond 'feta Cheese' Spread With Herb Oil (Vegan)
    Mushroom & Nut Pate

    Last edited by duonyte on Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:55 pm, edited 1 time in total
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:45 pm Groupie
    Zeldaz - cool idea!

    duonyte - I love chickpea salad. I had considered making it and serving it on grilled romaine. Just not sure if the veg mayo would be very noticed by the non veggies... I may try it! The chopped salad in shells looks really nice!

    Thanks guys! Keep um coming!
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:56 pm
    Forum Host
    I added a couple to my last post.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:43 pm Groupie
    Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:32 pm Groupie
    Make a spinach soufflé and spoon into reamed out mushrooms and bake :0

    Another fav is this sandwich, from Rock Bottom Brewery:

    Toasted ciabatta roll
    rosemary mayonnaise
    sautéed red onions in balsamic vinegar
    sun dried tomatoes reconstitued
    smoked mozzarella cheese
    grilled portabella mushroom
    spinach leaves

    * if you like mushrooms, you'll love this one!

    Mushroom strudel

    100g butter, chopped
    4 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 large brown onions, finely chopped
    1.5kg cup mushrooms, sliced
    1/3 cup marsala (see note)
    2/3 cup thickened cream
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
    50g parmesan cheese, finely grated
    2/3 cup fresh white breadcrumbs (see tip)
    12 sheets filo pastry
    olive oil cooking spray

    Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until soft. Add mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, for 10 to 15 minutes or until juice evaporates. Add marsala and cook for 2 minutes. Add cream and vinegar. Simmer for 3 minutes or until sauce thickens.

    Step 2
    Transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl. Add parsley, parmesan and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Set aside to cool completely.

    Step 3
    Preheat oven to 190°C. Place 1 sheet pastry on a workbench. Spray with oil. Top with another pastry sheet and spray with oil. Repeat using 4 more pastry sheets. Spoon half the mushroom mixture along 1 long edge of pastry. Fold ends in and roll up tightly to enclose filling. Place strudel on a flat, lined baking tray. Repeat with remaining pastry, oil and mushroom filling to make a second strudel.

    Step 4
    Spray strudel tops with oil and season with cracked black pepper. Bake for 40 minutes or until golden and crisp. Transfer to serving platters. Thickly slice and serve.

    *this one says Summer is here!

    Tomato and Corn Pudding


    serve w/pita chips, or fresh pita triangles and carrot/celery sticks

    Eggplant parmesan

    You could just make this a sort of dip and spoon onto some ciabatta bread

    Fruit skewers

    The old watermelon carved w/melon balls inside icon_smile.gif

    Halved bbq corn on the cob - skewer each end so it's easier to eat.
    (In Mexico, they make a spread of mayo, hot sauce and spread on, then roll in cotija or parmesan cheese: it's great!)

    Dixie cups of pudding that was alcohol in it (?????)

    Dirty Pirate Popsicle

    2 1/2 cups Coke
    1/3 cup Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
    1/3 cup Kahlua

    lace all ingredients in a large glass and stir to combine. Pour mixture into popsicles mold.

    Freeze for about 2 hours or until mixture starts to solidify enough to hold a popsicle stick upright. Insert popsicle sticks and finish freezing popsicles overnight. To release popsicles run hot water on the outside of popsicle molds for a 2-3 seconds.

    *Slightly flat Coke will produce a popsicle that stays frozen longer. To quickly and manually flatten out the carbonation, empty out enough Coke from a 2-liter bottle to leave a 3-inch space from top of bottle to top of coke. Place cap back on and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Set aside to leave bubbles to subside.

    * fell in love w/this @ a B&B decades ago before I liked curry!

    Mom's Curried Fruit

    1 (16 ounce) can sliced pears, well


    1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks,


    1 (15 ounce) can apricot halves, drained

    2 (15 ounce) cans sliced peaches

    1 (4 ounce) jar maraschino cherries


    1/4 cup packed brown sugar

    1/4 cup white sugar

    3 teaspoons curry powder

    2 tablespoons butter

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).

    Drain the fruit and arrange it in an oven-proof casserole dish. Dot the fruit with butter or margarine. Mix the sugars and the curry powder together, sprinkle over the top of the fruit.

    Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) until slightly brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.

    Special Ivy Inn Tomato Pie

    Pumpkin Bread Pudding

    California Walnut and Blue Cheese Savoury Shortbread

    Summer Phyllo Pizza

    Moist Cornbread Muffins

    Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:55 pm Groupie
    YAY!! Thanks a lot everyone!!
    Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:58 pm Groupie
    Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:38 pm Groupie
    Soup is fun served in shot glasses or small plastic cups. All disposable.
    I love, gazpacho
    A chilled cucumber soup or melon soup. You can garnish with fresh skewered vegetables or fruit.

    This is one of my favorite salad. Stuff in lettuce leave, wrap and secure with a tooth pic. Or just in small lettuce leaves.
    1 can (15 ounce) chick peas, drained and rinsed
    1 can (4 ounce) black olives, sliced
    1/4 cup olives (green olives, with or without pimentos, cut in half or sliced)
    2 tablespoons Italian dressing (or vinaigrette, homemade or store bought)
    1/2 lemon squeezed on top
    Salt to taste

    Many other great ideas already listed:
    I have a simple strawberry and peach goat cheese topped bruschetta recipe on another site, which is very easy if interested.

    Grilled marinated Feta and tomato skewers are good any easy. Marinate in a Greek dressing, grill and serve.

    Homemade Ricotta
    So, cheap and easy to make ahead, add a few herbs and it's done. They serve with veggies, crackers, bruschetta, etc.

    Making your own pimento cheese is good, inexpensive - "old school" but still good. You can dress it up by stuffing in cucumber slices; mini boiled red potatoes, or tomatoes.

    I think foccacia was mentioned, using pizza dough is easy; and tons of ways to make inexpensive recipes with pizza dough.
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