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- How to host special-diet guests for the holidays
- Cooking swaps for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free guests
Vegan, paleo, gluten free, dairy free ... With more and more people following special diets these days, pleasing everyone at the holiday table can feel like a challenge. Use these hosting tips to easily and cheerfully accommodate your guests’ preferences.
For vegans and vegetarians
- Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth when making stuffing, soups, and other side dishes.
- Prepare protein-rich side dishes that stand in for the roast or turkey. Vegetarian stews, stuffed peppers or squash, and bean and grain side dishes can be a center-of-the-plate item for vegans and vegetarians.
For dairy-free eaters
- Use silken tofu in lieu of milk and cream in desserts and cream-based soups.
- Olive oil and dairy-free milks are excellent alternatives to regular milk and butter for mashed potatoes. Roasted garlic makes a flavorful and creamy addition, too.
- Most grocery stores now carry myriad delicious dairy-free ice creams and whipped toppings, making dessert easy for any guest.
For gluten-free eaters
- Substitute rice flour or corn starch for wheat flour when making gravy and other sauces.
- Excellent gluten-free breads are now readily available for making gluten-free stuffing; simply toast GF bread cubes in the oven until dry, and then crumble to make your favorite recipe. Several manufacturers also offer gluten-free stuffing mix.
- You’ll find several gluten-free pie crust options, too (both premade and mixes), but you can also set aside some pie filling to make crust-free parfaits for the gluten-free eaters.