To help ring in the New Year, we invited our (mostly Charlotte-based) blog team and their spouses over for a pot luck dinner on Saturday. Oddly enough though, the fun began weeks before anyone even arrived. As we started talking food details for our get together we quickly realized, in total, our group deals with quite a list of food allergies and aversions. And if we wanted a meal that everyone could eat we would have to adhere to the following list of (combined) constraints:
- No dairy/lactose
- No gluten
- No pork, beef, or lamb (only chicken or turkey)
- No seafood other than shrimp
Now it’s not very holiday-esque, but I have learned from cooking for another friend with gluten and dairy allergies…Asian cuisine is totally the way to go. Between the coconut-milk based sauces and dishes served over rice, the options are almost endless. So since I offered to provide the main course (and the alcohol!) I ended up settling on the below Green Curry Shrimp dish served over brown rice and topped with steamed sugar snap peas.
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- Jill’s Appetizer: Carrots, red bell pepper slices, and endive with hummus plus some homemade quinoa cakes from Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Everyday cookbook. The quinoa cakes did contain both gluten (breadcrumbs) and dairy (cheese), which is why they were separated by the foil (and they were really tasty by the way!).
- Shawn’s Salad: A beautifully arranged display of greens (including organic baby kale, spinach, chard and spring mix lettuce), lemons, shallots, roasted beets, tomatoes, portabella mushrooms, cucumbers, carrots, red bell peppers and goat cheese. Shawn also brought two homemade salad dressings including both a tahini-based and an olive oil-based one.
- Kiran’s Dessert: I couldn’t write this post about Kiran’s dessert without going in the kitchen to take a bite of the leftovers. This was a delectable flourless chocolate torte that was topped with a simple strawberry as opposed to any dairy-based ice cream or whipped cream. This dessert was a great choice for my (roughly) once-a-week non-real food treat! :)