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added almost 3 years ago

There are so many vegetarian mains on this site, as well as other sites. The Paleo avoids carbs, but loves meat, so you could prepare a meat dish for the Paleo and a vegetarian main with no carbs or cheese or sugars that both the vegetarian and Paleo can enjoy. Here is a list of food items a Paleo cannot eat: http://ultimatepaleoguide...
Or, you can go ahead and prepare a nice vegetarian or vegan main, and let the Paleo be happy with an animal protein and a side salad.

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added almost 3 years ago

If the vegetarian guest eats eggs, I would suggest a frittata, heavy on the veggies and herbs, a pumpkin or sweet potato soup with cashew or almond cream, and a green salad.

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added almost 3 years ago

Romaine lettuce 'tacos' with different filling options (pinto beans, tofu, chicken, mushrooms, peppers, steak) and guacamole could work. Perhaps a couple of yummy sauces... Avocado cilantro tomatillo, chipotle, pico de gallo...

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added almost 3 years ago

For the most part, pales stay away from dairy and carbs. Some will eat beans and quinoa, both of which would be great bases for both the veg and paleo. But even if that doesn't work, eggs or fish might--depending on your veg. And absent eggs, I'd agree with the crowd. Make a meat or chicken dish for your paleo, focus on making delicious and seasonal vegetable sides for both (think cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, squashes, cabbage, beets, etc) and if you'd like a main for your veg, make a quinoa dish.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 3 years ago

You might want to remind your paleo friend that his/her ancestors lived to be about 40 years old if they were lucky. And now the paleos get sucked in by stuff like raw milk.

C464016f 5b78 496a 8e00 6359781038ef  stringio
added almost 3 years ago

Great ideas, thanks! I'm going to try to avoid any dietary lectures while they're here, but it does make it hard on a host!

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Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy is a food writer, historian, and author of many books, her most recent being Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.

added almost 3 years ago

I certainly would not invite them a second time, and most assuredly not together! Vegetarian I can handle, but the whole idea of the paleo diet is so ridiculous--and so unfounded in archeology--that I just can't do anything but giggle.

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added almost 3 years ago

If they are my friends, I would welcome them regardless of their dietary needs.

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added almost 3 years ago

I hate to say this, but the few people that I know who keep a strict paleo diet look absolutely great and claim to feel great, too. I think people's diet choices should be respected. You're presumably having them because you enjoy their company and as such I'd assume you'd want to make food they'll enjoy--hospitality is what entertainings about, right? And dont hosts hate when a guest had nothing he or she can eat? That said, I do think those on strict diets should also go out of their way to acknowledge that they do not need special dishes and are there for enjoying the company.

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added almost 3 years ago

I agree with you ATG117. And I think cobbling together a meal that meets the needs of both diets is not difficult. And a salad is the great leveler.

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added almost 3 years ago

It's only the three of us, so I'd prefer to avoid cooking multiple dishes. So, here's the plan: Friday night - taco bar (great idea!), Saturday morning - kale & quinoa with eggs and fruit, Saturday lunch & dinner - eating out (copping out!); Sunday morning - frittata with more fruit; snacks - veggies, hummus and/or avocado dip, and nuts. ATG117 and Bevi, clearly I respect their choices. That's why I asked the question!

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added almost 3 years ago

Apologies if you thought my comment re respecting their choices was addressed to you. Gl.

Bb911bcd 2446 4d8f 848f cdc2090e999a  leaf cake
added almost 3 years ago

Understood! You are putting in lots of effort. A night out is well deserved.

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pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added almost 3 years ago

Does the "paleo" eat offal? His/her "ancestors" did. Sweetbreads, tripe, tongue, liver etc. Of course that won't work for your vegetarian. Myself, I eat everything. Fried crickets, I'm fine with that. What bothers me is the narcissistic demands that guests place on their hosts and "paleo" being possibly the dumbest. As a cook I respect genuine health and religious concerns but I'm not going to go out and forage for kelp just because some nut job (who might be a friend of mine) would like to see it on their plate. And then pound their chest.

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added almost 3 years ago

In her defense, she looks AMAZING (and would be horrified to know that her food choices are causing me to stress). She's all glowy-Gwyneth Paltrowy and is in better shape after 3 kids than she was in college. That's with zero exercise. Every time I see her, I consider trying the diet. Then, I realize that a life without butter isn't worth it.

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boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added almost 3 years ago

Kudos to you for respecting them both. Feeding people in one's home isn't all about oneself, but rather about the guests. People love that you go to some effort for them, not for yourself. Your friends will be honored by your attention to them. And you'll have stretched yourself in a new direction. Please let us know how it goes.

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added almost 3 years ago

Paleolithic people lived without access to (or invention of) healthcare, not to mention central heating, regardless of what they ate.

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added almost 3 years ago

And in the end, you'll have been a great hostess or not, and your choice will have been how they remember you. And the time you all had together. As for me, I'd choose memories of time over substance. But that's just me.