Serving with Love
In the past, this really hasn't been an issue, however this year I was very close to pulling my hair out. I took a few deep breaths, got the brain cells going and I lived to tell about it.
I start by assembling meal ideas that are easy to make and that are fairly inexpensive. I always ask the kids what kinds of things they like for snacks and even ask for ideas of foods that sound good to them for meals. Once I have that info. I sit down and make final decisions and lists. After a final list is made I run it by everyone to make sure it "passes"!
This year when I asked I received so many differing responses I began to feel slightly overwhelmed. I really had to step back and take several deep breaths, telling myself that it was just fine, "you can do it". There are many meals that can be made with all dietary preferences in mind. See my post on entertaining without limits
Here is my list from this year:
- Baked potatoes with a variety of toppings
- Spaghetti: Red sauce with meat served on the side (I also made some alfredo sauce). We had salad, and I also sauteed/steamed broccoli, asparagus and mushrooms. We had two types of garlic bread, half with butter and garlic and half with olive oil and garlic.
- Burritos: Turkey taco meat, black beans, refried beans, brown rice and also Zataran's Red beans and rice, as well as a myriad of veggies, taco sauce, and sour cream.
- Burgers: Beef, chicken and vegan veggie burgers
- Sandwiches: lunchmeat, vegetable, PB & J
- Vegan waffles and Vegan Crepes (so good you wouldn't even know they were vegan)
- Sausage and bacon (totally not for everyone, but a few people wanted it)
- oatmeal, yogurt, cereal
- Lots of fruit!!!
- Vegan peanut butter cups (I'll post recipe soon)
In the past I've also made chili, pizza, biscuits and gravy, BBQ chicken legs, etc...
To me, part of serving with love is finding ways so that no one feels excluded, and everyone enjoys what is offered. It's about taking into consideration various needs and making adjustments without a lot of hoopla (sometimes it can be awkward for a person when they are the only one with dietary preferences). I let them know what is or what isn't okay for them ahead of time.
I can't resist sharing a variety of pictures of our trip with you. So much fun!!
In the next few days I'll be posting two new recipes that I've made recently. Both are vegan, both are "sweet" treats! I'm so happy to have them available for our guests when they come.
With Joy UNquenchable,