Entertaining can be nerve-wracking, especially when you are on a "special diet". Unfortunately, when you get too worked up about choosing and prepping the food, you tend to lose sight of the whole reason for having people over...to relax and enjoy one another! So take a deep breath and come up with a plan.
We had company Thursday and Friday night last week...seven people both nights. We don't get to see either group very often, so I needed to be present and available. It was also important for me to stick with the AutoImmune Protocol and serve tasty food.
Tip 1: Unless you are very confident in the kitchen, stick with something you've made before. I turned to an expert for a tried and true recipe (which I've made before). Thursday night's menu:
Green Salad (from a previous post) made with chopped romaine, green apple, celery, persian cucumber, and lemon vinaigrette. Wash and chop lettuce, celery and cucumber ahead of time. Prep dressing too.
Grilled Onions and Sweet Potato Wedges with olive oil, salt & pepper
Organic Strawberries dipped in Coconut Cream (and shaved dark chocolate for those who could partake)
Plus, our guests brought wine (which was tough to avoid drinking, but I did!)
Tip 2: Share responsibility...delegate! Yes, this is easier with some groups than others. Our little guy helped set the table, and my honey helped with the grilling. Hopefully there is one person at your get-together that you can ask to toss a salad, or pour water, or schlep food to the table.
Friday night's menu:
Surf & Turf (grass-fed steaks and trout fillets rubbed with olive oil, salt & pepper). Bring to room temp; grill.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with April Bloomfield's Lemon Caper Dressing with slight modifications. I followed the recipe, but left out the dijon and replaced the 1/2 tsp sugar with 1 tsp honey (both to take the lemony edge off and thicken the dressing without the mustard). Prep the dressing ahead.
Grilled Sweet Potato "Chips" with olive oil, salt & pepper (this was a last minute addition by "the griller".
Oven Roasted Broccolini, Carrots, Parsnips, and Onions with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt & garlic pepper
Organic raspberries and/or dark chocolate. It took me a long time, but I finally found a dark chocolate that does not contain soy lecithin: Alter Eco has only 4 ingredients...can't wait until I can chomp some too!
Tip 3: Unless it comes up, keep your dietary restrictions to yourself. Your guests probably don't want to hear about all the stuff you "can't eat" or the restrictive diet you are "making them eat". Just share tasty, simple food and it'll all work out. Cheers!