Feeding a group with different dietary needs can pose a challenge. It’s hard enough to feed a family with the mature tastes of adults and the picky habits of children. So what do you do when you know you need to accommodate for an allergy or particular diet? Here are some ideas to make your next gathering enjoyable for all diners.
According to the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network, eight foods account for 90 percent of all food-allergic reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat. Unfortunately, these products can hide in foods that you least suspect would contain such ingredients. In addition to double-checking for allergies with those on your guest list, try to stay away from butter, gravies, sauces, and salad dressings, or serve these condiments on the side.
One in every 133 Americans have a genetic disorder called Celiac disease. Individuals affected by this ailment must stick to a gluten-free diet, where foods with ingredients including wheat, rye, and barley must be avoided. When cooking for people on a gluten-free regimen, stick with dishes that incorporate meat and vegetables, like stir-fry or barbecued kabobs.
Hosts should also try their best to accommodate for the diets of vegans and vegetarians, diabetics, and those who are lactose intolerant. In addition to inquiring about special food requests before gatherings, hosts should prepare a diverse menu to make sure no one at the table goes hungry!