LV Sandwich Quarters V or LV Vegetable Antipasto Platter, with your favorite sauces LV Eggless Broccoli-Cauliflower Quiche O Pan Fried or Baked Ham Slices V Hash Brown Potatoes V Lemon Sugar Cookies LV Chocolate Peanut Clusters
O Baked chicken breastsV Kale Potato Stir FryV or LV Sorbet or ice cream
This wholesome lunch or dinner can be on the table in about 30 minutes.
Could there be happier occasion than a baby shower? Make it even more special with a brunch that will feed everyone. Start with the traditional Sandwich Quarters and add a new Vegetable Antipasto Platter, served plain or add your favorite sauces. For the main dishes, serve a quiche and ham, and side them with potatoes. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with tart cookies and sweet, rich candies.
AppetizersSandwich Quarters (LV)Vegetable Antipasto Platter (V), with your favorite sauces (V or LV)
LunchEggless Broccoli-Cauliflower Quiche (LV)Pan fried or baked ham slices (O)Hash Brown Potatoes (V)
DessertLemon Sugar Cookies (V)Chocolate Peanut Clusters (LV)
Some things store very well, so make them in advance to take some of the pressure off. Make the Chocolate Peanut Clusters the day before, then put them in Ziploc bags. These take about 15 minutes to do, yet everyone will think you spent hours. And that you own a candy thermometer. When it is time for the shower, all you have to do is put them in cute dishes and set around the room.
The same goes for the Lemon Sugar Cookies. Make them either the day before or the morning of the shower. They also store very well in zipper bags.
Finally, make the Cucumber Spread for the Sandwich Quarters the night before. That will give it plenty of time to chill and thicken.
The next morning, assemble the Sandwich Quarters. Put them in a plastic container or cover them with plastic wrap and put them in the refrigerator to ensure they stay fresh. Alternately, you can assemble these last, which will ensure the bread is fresh when you serve them.
Assemble the filling for Eggless Broccoli-Cauliflower Quiche, then cover the bowl and put it in the refrigerator.
Preheat your oven about 1-½ hours before the shower, then dump the contents into the pie crust and put this in the oven when you have about an hour to go. This will be perfect timing for it to bake and set a few minutes before serving.
Next cut up the veggies for the Vegetable Antipasto Platter. The veggies and the hash browns will be on the stove at the same time. Get frozen hash browns—they are easy and good. For the ham, go with fairly thin-sliced deli ham. Heat them whichever way is easier for you. If you have more oven room, heat them there. If it is easier for you to manage three pans on the stove, then go for that.
Line everything up buffet-style and let your guests serve themselves. Set up a separate coffee bar, with an assortment of coffee goodies, such as flavored creamers and assorted sweeteners. Surprise everyone with a carousel holding cinnamon, raw sugar cubes and chocolate chips.
Most importantly, have a comfortable chair reserved for the mom-to-be, with someone designated to wait on her hand and foot. She will love you for it!
Until next time,
Lisa (aka Veggie Gal)
This recipe came from my Aunt Jean. It is super easy, but so good that folks will think you spent hours making this candy.
I love to bake, which is an adventure since I don’t eat eggs. My mother-in-law is lactose intolerant, so no dairy. I came up with this vegan recipe and it was a success the first time!
I’m not a cucumber fan, but even I like them smothered in cream cheese and sour cream. I use this spread to make little sandwich appetizers for showers and parties.
Almost every shower I have ever attended has served cucumber sandwiches, which is unfortunate for me as I really don’t like cucumbers. Not to be deterred, I came up with a cucumber spread I can eat and I made up these sandwiches using cucumbers on half of them and tomatoes on the other half. (The ones with the cucumber slice don’t touch my mouth.) If you don’t like cucumbers OR tomatoes, use any vegetable you like that will fit on a quarter slice of bread. Or be a rebel and don’t serve the little sandwiches at all.
I wanted to come up with an eggless quiche and decided on broccoli and cauliflower since there are a lot of eggless spinach quiche recipes out there. This is what I came up with.
This stir fry uses many of the things we have in our garden—kale, potatoes, onion and tomatoes—in a quick, tasty way. Note that this cooks just long enough to bring out the robust flavor of the kale. Substitute spinach for a milder flavor.
My husband grinds his own flour, so I wanted to try a whole wheat muffin. My husband and next-door neighbor gave these 5 stars!
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