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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Lynette Lynette

It would mean the world to me to eat a meal like that that I didn't have to prepare myself.  The only one that would conflict w/ the allergies I deal with for myself and my children would me the cupcake.  I get recipes from http://www.cookingallergyfree.com/ and http://www.affairsofliving.com/recipe-index/.  We try to avoid gatherings w/ food, it breaks my heart to tell the kids they can't eat what everyone else is having.  I end up looking like an over protective mom who brings a cooler w/ food, so we aren't really apart of the social experience.  And my gosh yes we can only eat so many salads, seriously ice berg lettuce is not a treat..spinach is much better.  And I can't expect my kids to sit and eat some sad salad while everyone else eats pizza.  We bring our food and eat before we go anywhere.  It kinda sucks.  But that's our lot in life.

nonmember avatar Barbara

I have a life-threatening and really rare allergy to cilantro and coriander (Chipotle burrito=hospital or worse). People are super judgmental about it and don't believe it's real most of the time just because they haven't heard of it. Restaurants think that I just don't like it and serve it to me even if I mention it's a serious allergy. I would love for there to me more acceptance about food allergies, especially among adults (people seem much more sympathetic towards children on this issue). A dinner party where I could eat everything would be wonderful!

sara_... sara_7106

My daughter had a severe dairy allergy and we struggle when eating with friends and especially when going out to eat. Eveyone seems to think severe dairy allergy means lactose intolerant. Excited to check the websites you mentioned.

nonmember avatar Anon

My husband was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008 and, thankfully, the gluten-free options have become more abundant since then. Check out http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/ - it has been a life saver!

critt... critter_boo

i try very hard to accomodate them i ask alot of questions

critt... critter_boo

we dont have any food allergys here

nonmember avatar Casey

I love the idea of an allergen friendly dinner party! My kids are allergic to a lot so we pack up and bring separate meals wherever we go. They don't seem to mind (yet, they are still very young).
One suggestion is to keep copies of the recipes on hand so people can double check the ingredients before eating to make sure it's safe for them. In my kid's case, there are several things they can't have so a gluten/dairy free menu is a great start but I have to read every label to make sure there are no soy/preservatives/dyes/nitrates/phenols in the meals too.
You are awesome for going above and beyond for your friends!

butte... butterflymkm

The only thing I am alergic to is alcohol, and as a 20 something my friends all think I'm really weird. Or just the fallback designated driver lol

allie... alliesmom112

Some of these sound really good. I don't have many friends with food allergies thankfully.

DomsM... DomsMama07

No food allergies around here at least no one I know of..

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