EVERYONE deserves a special holiday so it is important to be prepared for friends and family who may have dietary preferences or restrictions. We all know that food allergies are no joke. Here are some tips for special diets.
When you shop read the labels for dairy free, gluten free, etc.
When making mashed potatoes or creamy soups for dairy free guests or vegan make sure to replace milk or cream with unsweetened almond milk, ricemilk or soymilk.
When baking and sautéing replace butter with olive oil, non-hydrogenated butter spread or margarine or coconut oil.
When making gravy choose gluten free cornstarch or arrowroot instead of flour. For vegan guests use vegetable broth, sautéed onions and mushrooms.
When making stuffing use gluten free cornbread or sandwich bread. For vegetarian guests swamp vegetable broth for chicken broth.
When making salads and desserts use toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead of nuts.
When making desserts and dips use tofu instead of milk, cream cheese or sour cream.
When serving dinner make sure to label each prepared dish for special diets or which ones contain ingredients that should be avoided.