Accommodations are something that in today’s world are often necessary. I think it’s rare that people actually expect that you make accommodations for their family. However, it sure is nice if you can do it , especially if it can have minimal impact on what you’re already eating.
For example I have totally made my Japanese chicken curry with vegetable broth and subbed the chicken out for potatoes when some vegetarian friends came to dinner. I easily adapted this Pad Thai recipe for gluten-free friends. I cooked a pretty tasty chili tonight using this recipe for my whole 30 family members. (I used the Instant pot and added cauliflower too!) Along with a pretty tasty (veggie laden) spaghetti sauce they can eat tomorrow. I spiralized some zoodles for the serious whole 30 guy, and packed up some spaghetti noodles for the rest of their family.
I can’t always make those accommodations, but I think it’s a nice demonstration that you are paying attention and that you care, to make them when you can. Both of my favorite authors Shauna Niequist and Jen Hatmaker include recipes in their books that are more friendly to dietary restrictions. I remember thinking, “that sounds like a tasty recipe,” when reading their go to easily accommodating recipes. Really there are some recipes out there that are tasty and doable even if your family doesn’t eat that particular way. I encourage you to try some out and have them in your back pocket – especially if you have loved ones or dear friends who need/prefer/require some kind of adaptation.
(Maybe just even keep this post in your back pocket and come back to it – vegetarian, gluten-free, whole 30… The links above are for sure good ones.)
Tonight before settling on the chili recipe I chose, I texted a couple of friends who are known for occasionally (or frequently, depending on who you ask) making tasty whole 30 recipes, and would know one that was tried and true. I got great recipes and input on how to alter them to make them even better.
For example they gave me the recipe for the whole 30 spaghetti sauce from this book and told me to throw in shredded carrots and zucchini or just about about any other vegetable I had on hand. Great inside tip for a way to pack spaghetti sauce full of vegetables, the kiddos might even eat them that way.
I guess it’s simple, when feeding your people it is significant because you gave your time, it’s a labor of love. Even more so if you’re willing to also make some easy adaptations to meet their needs – it can speak volumes.
Any tried and true, adaptation friendly, recipes you have in your back pocket?