We had our annual holiday dinner over the weekend with our lovely team (most of whom live in Charlotte), and it was a fun time as always! We invited over (from right) Amy, Meghan, Shawn, Kiran, and their spouses for a potluck sit-down dinner. That’s my husband Jason (and me!) on the left side of the picture.
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It’s always interesting coming up with the menu for our group since there are a few food allergies and such to consider. But year after year we keep going back to Asian food (and occasionally Mexican food), which seems to offer a lot of good options when gluten and dairy are to be avoided.
So, below are some pics of all the good stuff we came up with to share with each other! I provided the main dish – Asian Glazed Fish (recipe below) – along with coconut rice, maple roasted sweet potatoes and carrots, and some edamame. We actually had two versions of coconut rice because I’d been working on a new recipe and my husband Jason (who CAN cook, by the way!) thought he could make a version that was better than mine. So I suggested we each make our own recipe and let everyone vote. Occasionally husbands are right about things, but this was not one of those occasions – ha! I can’t help but gloat a tad about my almost unanimous win … I am the recipe developer in the family, after all! LOL. Either way, it was fun.
The other dishes you see here are Shrimp and Spring Roll appetizers (similar to these) with two dipping sauces from Amy, Asian Meatballs from Kiran, Asian Slaw from Shawn (similar to the recipe in my new book with quinoa added), and a variety of desserts from Meghan, including Fruit-Filled Wontons, Chewy Raspberry Meringues, and – the crowd fav – Coconut Macaroons. One thing is for sure … no one went hungry! :)
As promised, here is the Asian Glazed Fish recipe I made. I hope you enjoy it and that these other ideas provide some cooking inspiration for you! For another Chinese classic, try this Lo Mein!