Diet Recipes

Throwing a dinner party has become increasingly challenging over the years.  In addition to creating a menu to please a crowd, hosts have to account for the various dietary restrictions guests may have.  When faced with this task, many of us to turn to Google- or, we may create an individual dish just for that one guest.  This can leave your guest feeling guilty about your extra effort.  All too often, we forget about our favorite dishes that are unintentionally gluten free or vegetarian, and loved by many.  I wanted to provide my readers with a brief overview of some of the most common dietary restrictions.  I’ve also shared my favorite tested (and loved) recipes that will meet everyone’s needs.

Vegetarian*

Vegetarianism can mean a range of different things, so you may want to check with your guests ahead of time about their specific needs.  All vegetarians avoid meat (think chicken, pork, beef), but some do eat seafood.  In this case, they are actually referred to as “pescatarian.”  Unlike vegans, vegetarians do tend to eat some animal products, including eggs and dairy; however, some may avoid eggs.   A vegetarian that eats both eggs and dairy is referred to as a lacto-ovo vegetarian.  Personally, I adore vegetarian dishes as they tend to be loaded with flavor.  I find that Italian cuisine has many unintentionally vegetarian options enjoyed by carnivores and vegetarians alike.

  • Arugula Salad with Lentils, Garlic and Goat Cheese– The best Summer salad.  Lentils and cheese make this salad meal-worthy.  Also pairs nicely with fish if your guests happen to be pescatarian.
  • Miso French Onion Soup (New York Times)– What? Vegetarian french onion soup? This version is even better than the classic beef-based option.
  • Spanakopita– Your guests will ask for leftovers of this delicious Greek dish.
  • Polenta Lasagna– The sauteed winter kale adds a “meatiness” to this dish.  Also a gluten free option