help! dinner party for the food averse
Hi all, I'm turning to you for some guidance. I am having a dinner party for a very small group. The guest of honor is pregnant and has several food aversions. Specifically- "no beef unless it is hidden, no chicken that smells like chicken, no pork"
I would like to cater to her as much as possible, without driving myself nuts.
Looking for main course ideas that are relatively low fuss, healthy-ish, and won't stink up my very open concept kitchen.
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Generally tacos are the answer. You can make them as fancy or simple as you like and a lot can be made ahead. You could do vegetarian chorizo (trader joe’s “soyrizo” is great, or the brand Lightlife makes one too) as one protein filling, and the other use ground turkey or pork or whatever cooked with taco seasoning. Then offer various toppings (most can be made day before) like sautéed bell peppers and onions, refried beans (the vegetarian canned ones are great), a cabbage based slaw that can double as a side salad, fresh cilantro, lime wedges, pico de gallo, diced avocado, sour cream, pickled jalapenos, etc
Make mexican corn salad as a side, since corn is out of season buy frozen corn, defrost, and then sauté in a pan until edges brown and it becomes fragrant, then proceed with the recipe. I would make it not spicy and offer cayanne on the side for people to add what they want
And of course chips and salsa or guacamole are welcome as snacky starters
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Also, consider how far along in the pregnancy she is and whether her food aversions are stable (sometimes) or change (often the case).
Ask her instead what she DOES tolerate and then build a menu around that. Beans, fish, seafood, egg (quiche, frittata, etc), soy or tempeh products, vegetable, fruits, cheese (solid, semi soft or grated), dips and chips or crudites.