Our guests are always special, but food really isn’t special, unless it is a favorite recipe. But as we said food isn’t special because all foods are meant to nourish our bodies and to keep us healthy (with the exception of “junk food”).
What is it then that the theme is referring too, special food? Well, some of our special guests my be gluten-free, nondairy, and vegan eaters. They may be by choice, or because of health issues and problems.
If you are someone who is wiling to make accommodation, then you can prepare your food selections with ingredients your special guests can eat, and the other “I don’t care what I eat” guests, will never know.
If you are not really sure of the dietary needs or restrictions of the ones you are inviting, ask them directly.
Or if the invite is by a written invitation, ask the question and leave room for them to respond.
Some people are afraid to speak up about their dietary restrictions for fear of causing problems for the host, hostess or cook.
Now days most invited guests will ask if they can bring something. Don’t oppose the offer, as in most cases the guest is really willing to bring a dish. They may be a guest who eats gluten-free, non-dairy, or vegan. Don’t hesitate to ask if they can contribute an appetizer, dish, or dessert with their dietary needs. Doing this is a great opportunity to share with others how splendidly and delicious gluten-free, non-dairy, and vegan recipes can be.
Keep the Dinner Party Simple
But in this case it is not really sensible to do so, as you will be engulfed with preparing duplicate recipes.
Like a pasta salad, one with wheat pasta, and the exact same one with gluten-free pasta. Or a meat lasagna dish and another without meat for the vegan eaters.
Thanks to the accumulated knowledge and demand, stores are now carrying exceptional, special-diet ingredients. Even packaged gluten-free products have improved in flavor over the years. With the natural food stores filling the demand, it is easy to make a one version dish that works for all of your guests.
Here’s some great ideas for some gluten-free and vegan recipes:
Yellow Summer Squash Pasta and Sauce – Vegan or Vegetarian –
Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheesecake – Gluten-free –
Orange, Fennel and Mint Salad – Gluten-free and Vegan –
If you are preparing a stuffing, soup, or side dish, you can use vegetable broth in place of chicken or beef broth, to make it vegan friendly for your vegan guests.
For the non-dairy eater, prepare the mashed potatoes with olive oil and unsweetened dairy-free milks, like coconut milk, or almond milk. All your guests will enjoy the flavor, even without butter and milk.
For gravies you can use rice flour or arrow-root starch in place of wheat flour. Your “I don’t care what I eat” guests will never know the difference.
When making pie filling, prepare extra and crumble some gluten-free gingersnaps into oil coated ramekins, and add pumpkin or apple filling, and bake your gluten-free, and vegan desserts until set. If you coat the ramekins with butter, it will not be vegan friendly. Let your vegan guests know and they will decide to eat it or not.
Find some other great gluten-free, non-dairy, and vegan recipes at Delicious Living.
Enjoy the time with your guests, at your next dinner party.
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