With so many preferences and styles of eating, diets, and food restrictions, it’s difficult to know what to serve your dinner guests and what the correct etiquette is.
Whether they're vegetarian, gluten-free, or paleo, here are some explanation of what these preferences mean, and what you can serve them if they come over for dinner:
No meat, chicken, pork, fish or seafood at all. A lacto-ovo vegetarian will eat dairy and eggs, while an ovo vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy. They must supplement vitamin B12.
Meal idea: Vegetable + lentil fried rice.
Restricts all animal products for ethical, environmental, or health reasons. In addition to a vegetarian diet, it eliminates eggs, gelatin, honey, albumin, whey, casein, and some refined sugars (colours use bone char).
Meal idea: Corn tortilla black bean chili tacos.
PESCETARIAN Similar to vegetarian, but fish and seafood are consumed (as are eggs and dairy). A pescetarian chooses this diet due to ecological sustainability and food security, as livestock accounts for 80% of land use. In addition, pescetarianism may be perceived as a more ethical choice because fish and other seafood are believed to not associate with pain and fear, as livestock does. Meal idea: Mediterranean Salmon and Vegetable Quinoa.
Omitted flours are wheat (including durum semolina, spelt, farro, graham, kamut), rye, barley, malt brewer’s yeast. Accepted flours include rice, quinoa, corn, almond, buckwheat, amaranth, arrowroot, oat - as long as it specifically indicates it’s gluten free. Meal idea: Quiche Lorraine with salad (watch for thickeners on the salad dressing!)
Based on the thought that most diseases can be linked to a Western diet, and its high consumption of grains, dairy, and processed foods, the Paleo diet is linked to a whole slew of impressive health benefits. This diet focuses on eating lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds only – eliminating whole grains and legumes altogether. Meal idea: Instant pork tenderloin, ready in 10 minutes!
Keto diet is a low-carb diet that focuses on getting your calories from high fatty proteins rather than carbs. Similar to a Paleo diet, minus the fruits, root vegetables, and grains (so no corn, oats, quinoa, no potatoes, carrots, parsnips, no sweeteners whatsoever, no beans, lentils or chickpeas, no alcohol. Meal idea: Asparagus stuffed chicken parmesan
Regardless of what someone chooses to eat - whether for religious, health, or personal beliefs, it's possible to make easy and delicious meals to satisfy everyone, and keep the peace! Who knows, you may just learn to love a new style of food too. Why not give it a try?
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