Re: Meals and Dietary Preferences & Requirement
From: Randa Johnson (
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 11:38:01 -0600 (MDT)
This is a somewhat belated addition to the discussion due to vacation/ 
conference prep.

If both a meat and a vegetarian entree is offered, and those with special diets 
are willing to come up with some relatively simple menu options, it shouldn't 
be too hard to come up with a meal that a majority can eat.   The sharing of 
meals carries a lot of social and emotional significance, and I hate to think 
that groups are giving up on including those of us with dietary restrictions.  
I have found that a little information and recipe sharing, and some fairly easy 
modifications make it possible to include most people.  Here are few tips for 
fraternizing between omnivores and those on more restricted diet.  
-If the cook is not used to cooking vegetarian/vegan/ wheat free/low carb/ 
etc.., pair them up with someone more experienced.
-Remember that even vegetarian/vegan/ wheat free/low carb/ etc.. generally 
prefer a balanced diet, which includes protein (A garden salad just doesn't cut 
-Ask for simple, tasty recipes, or easy ways to adapt more traditional recipes 
( 1 pot of spaghetti with meat sauce, one with texturized vegetable protein, /1 
pot of wheat free corn pasta , 1 of regular)
-Use recipes that allow the offending ingredient to be added after cooking ( 
make your own burritos or fajitas with both meat and beans, or seitan )
-Don't estimate quantities assuming that only the vegetarians will eat the vegy 
food- You will end up with cranky, hungry vegetarians.
-Spices are crucial if you are substituting a less flavorful food for a more 
flavorful food.  

Finally, if someone is on an extremely restrictive diet, or the consequences 
for unintentionally including a restricted food are too high,  it may work out 
best for them to bring their own food to the common house and join in that way.

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