Dinner With Friends With Allergies

allergy free dinner partyDoes it seem like everyone you know has some kind of dietary restriction these days? Whether it's high-cholesterol, tree nuts, or soy-free, our digestive systems are seemingly more sensitive by the minute. Needless to say, at some point you're going to be having a dinner party with guests who just happen to have a lot of different food issues. Don't worry, they're nice people. I swear! They're just tired of plain lettuce being the go-to for dinner.

This is especially common in my house, where I'm also gluten-free, so anything on top of that requirement is just another food challenge waiting to be tackled. In fact, it's happening this weekend.

So here it is, my dinner party menu that will be totally delicious and allergy-free.


The Appetizer:

White Bean & Artichoke Dip

I often look to Go Dairy Free for my gluten- and dairy-free recipes, and this amazing dip that uses simple ingredients such as lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and rosemary for flavor is safe for the nut-free crowd as well. Just remember to serve it alongside gluten-free and dairy-free crackers. YUM.

The Salad:

Daikon Radish Salad

My new favorite salad is also beneficial to those who have high cholesterol. Not exactly a food allergy, but a common concern. Since the daikon radish basically detoxes your blood and helps knock out those bad lipids, you can feel good about adding this mild radish to any dish.


1 large daikon radish
2 medium carrots
1 head washed, torn butter lettuce
1 cup edamame (optional if you have a soy allergy)


1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/8 cup olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Use peeler to grate radish and carrots right on top of butter lettuce. Toss edamame onto salad.

2. Shake lemon juice, olive oil, salt, and pepper to mix together well. Drizzle on salad, and you are good to go!

The Main Course:

Creamy Avocado Pasta

Naturally, you're going to have to find some great gluten-free spaghetti for this delicious dish. Tasty Yummies has my mouth watering over this brown rice pasta that she has lovingly smothered with an avocado cream (yet dairy-free) sauce.

The Dessert:

Snickerdoodle Cupcake

Simply Gluten-Free had me at "snickerdoodle," but they take it a step further making this recipe dairy-free as well, and using so few ingredients that the kids could even make this delicious c-cake. It's like a snickerdoodle cookie, you guys, and it's allergen-free. That rules.

How do you cook for people with food allergies?

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