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Five fun menus for an Earth Hour dinner party

Here are five themed, no-cook menu ideas to make your Earth Hour a pleasant dining-in-the-dark experience (candles optional!).

This Saturday March 23, join the global Earth Hour collective by turning off all non-essential electricity between 8:30 – 9:30 pm. But just because you can’t cook using electricity doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun. Here are five themed, no-cook menu ideas to make your Earth Hour a pleasant dining-in-the-dark experience (candles optional!).

Healthy vegetarian

This colourful menu is both delicious and good for you. You’d never guess the sandwich isn’t made with real eggs!

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Carrot curls with pine nuts

Broccoli almond salad

Sneaky ‘egg’ salad sandwiches

Chia coconut pudding

Chinese

Turn your dinner fête into a hands-on experience by having your family wrap their own rolls. (Bonus points for those who wrap the fastest under candlelight!)

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Sesame cucumbers

Broccoli slaw with peanut dressing

Easy hoisin chicken salad rolls

Thai

This menu gives you all the zing and zest from Thai flavours with none of the cooking.

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Thai shrimp cocktail

Shrimp and mango noodle salad

Raw pad thai

Thai beef wraps

Japanese

Escape to the Far East with this alternative Japanese menu. Best served with cold sake.

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Asian tuna tartare

Geisha salmon rolls

Miso-maple tofu rolls

Open-faced spicy california roll

À la carte 

Tapas meets the tea party in this menu, which is perfect for intimate gatherings, cocktail parties or casual drop-ins.

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Spicy Melon and Prosciutto Skewers

Nutty chevre grapes

Prosciutto salad rolls

Dijon-dill shrimp salad

Prosciutto tea sandwiches

Mediterranean tuna party sandwiches

Cocktail shrimp with 3 dips

Banoffee tarts