11 Dietarily Restricted Dinner Parties

Posted by on Sunday Apr 6th, 2014 | Print

Have you ever hosted a dinner party filled with friends whose sheer diversity of eating habits puts biodiversity to shame? What’s a host to do–besides serve gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free stone soup?

Well, she could choose one of these menus, for dinners at which one or more guests has got some special eating needs. They’ll accommodate the special person, but they’ll also delight everyone else. (Though if you want to please some serious carnivore with a veg menu, you could always just sear a couple steaks to your vegan spread. But that’s not really the point.)

Do you have any tried-and-true dinners that please the dietarily restricted and unrestricted alike?

**11 Dietarily Restricted Dinner Parties**

Totally Vegan
Chickpea & Vegetable Pot Pie (made with vegan puff pastry as crust)| Lemony Kale Salad | Chocolate Cranberry Cake

Vegan + Gluten-Free
Old Bay PeanutsNew York Corn Chowder | Shakin’ Hash Browns
Chocolate Bark made with Toasted Pecans & Dried Cherries

Vegetarian
Curried Lentil Soup | Muhammara Grilled Cheese | Peach Crisp

Vegetarian + Gluten-Free
Creamy Habanero & Tomato SoupCheesy Butternut Squash Enchiladas | Strawberry Mousse

Simply Carnivorous
Beet Salad with Leeks & Bacon | Red Wine Braised Short Ribs | Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble 

Paleo
Sriracha Deviled Eggs | Cider-Braised Pork Shoulder with Fennel & Apples | Sautéed Spinach

Gluten-Free
Crispy Pimenton Chickpeas| Arroz Con Pollo with Tons of Vegetables | Coconut Budino

Dairy-Free
Chicken Marbella | Romaine and Radicchio Salad with Shaved Fennel (minus the parm)
Chocolate Mousse Pie

Kosher (Vegetarian)
Baked Spinach & Herb Omelet | Quinoa with Roasted Tomatoes, Avocado & Pesto
Grandma Esther’s Plum & Walnut Cake

Pescetarian
Baked ClamsZa’atar-Roasted Salmon with Greens | Bulgur & Cauliflower Salad

Low Carb
Homemade Apple ChipsChicken & Cauliflower Yakitori | Spicy Red Cabbage & Quinoa Slaw

Bonus! I Have No Idea What These People Eat–and I Kind of Don’t Care Anymore
Make-Your Own Peanut Noodle Party (with rice noodles)
**special guests can choose from lots of toppings**

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  • Leah Davis

    Great ideas! Some of our family keeps kosher so I will definitely consult this in the future :)

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      Awesome – glad you liked!

  • http://www.frommydiningtable.com/ Skye

    Love this. Never know what to cook for picky eaters. So many great ideas – thank you!

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      You’re welcome – glad you like! Do you have any go-tos?

  • http://www.LynnChen.com/ Lynn Chen

    Thank you for this guide – I’m always scrambling around last minute when it comes to dietary restrictions…

  • holly

    the chickpea pot pie is under vegan but it has eggs in the recipe … just fyi.

    • http://www.biggirlssmallkitchen.com/ BGSK

      thanks for noticing – I can’t believe I missed that! Updated with a recommendation to use vegan puff pastry. Thanks again!

  • http://mysavoryspoon.blogspot.com/ cheri

    What a great post, we have quite the dietary restrictions going on for Easter this year, love this list.