Monday, September 16, 2013

Reader Advice Day, Again! This Time, What Plant-strong Food to Make When Omnivore Company is Coming For Dinner

I just happened to get a few more great questions this weekend that I want to get everyone's opinion on, so here goes . . .

"Hi Wendy,

I enjoy your blog and have learned much about plant based recipes and eating this way from your posts. When I read your dieting history it was like a page out of my own story book!

Last March my husband and I moved to a more whole foods plant based diet with an occasional fish meal for me and he still enjoys some fish or chicken when dining out. Dr Fuhrman calls this being a flexitarian - and we limit the occasional non whole food plant based foods (like fish) to less than 10% of our daily calories and it works for us. I have cholesterol issues due to genetics and he has a family history of cancer and kidney disease (although he is very healthy), so we are motivated to eat healthy.

Here is my dilemma, my parents are coming to visit for three weeks – they eat a Weight Watchers version of a Midwestern SAD diet so their taste buds are used to the added salt, oil and sugar so even though we think the food we are eating is fabulous, it might not appeal to their sense of taste. I don’t expect them to eat vegan while they are here and I don’t mind cooking some animal products for them and then having side dishes that we can all enjoy and they can add salt at the table if they wish. My dad is diabetic so our way of eating would actually be very good for him!

Can you or your blog readers help me with recipes that have been well received by omnivores as well as WFPB eaters?

Thank you for your help!

Tami @ Nutmeg Notebook"

Well Tami, I'd like to think that any of my recipes would please an omnivore, but maybe I have some pretty understanding friends and family!

What my experience has been is that the difference between someone liking a dish and not liking a dish is the salt. If you salt a dish, most adults will like it. If you leave the salt out, it's much harder, perhaps impossible, for someone eating a SAD diet to really enjoy the dish.

The following links are to a few of the Plant-strong recipes that I have successfully made in the past while entertaining guests, the vast majority of whom are omnivores:

Mushroom, Kale and Spinach Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Cream Sauce--maybe sub in flour tortillas for the corn tortillas to be more friendly for your guests.

Chef AJ's Disappearing Lasagna--deep flavors, takes a long time to prepare but totally worth it.

Vegan Taco Bar--who doesn't love tacos? No one will notice that the meat is gone.

Veggie Burger Bar--veggie burgers are always crowd pleasers, especially with all of the fixin's!

Mama Pea's Spicy African Peanut Stew--this stew is one of my all-time favorites and I plan on serving it to a crowd this Sunday night.

Mama Pea's Vegan Ceviche--just a winner every single time.

The Healthy Librarian's Triple Rice Salad with Dried Fruits, Nuts & Apple Sage Sausage--I have made this many times for parties and I simply love, love, love it!

This is really just the beginning of a list, I could go on and on . . . we entertain a lot!

What do you think Tami should make for her omnivore guests? Please leave ideas and links to recipes in the comments section!

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