My husbands parents and grandparents are coming to visit on Saturday and I have just realized that I have no idea what to feed them! What do normal people eat?! I did cheese and crackers last time they came...maybe cheese cubes and the gluten-free veggie crackers? Oh goodness what to feed them for lunch...
Diagnosed with Gluten Allergy April 2010. Family history of Celiac disease and bowel cancers. Already feeling a billion times better since going gluten free.
How about a nice fruit and cheese platter? Maybe with some seasonal fruit? Or, dried fruit? I've discovered that people really like being served something different, and dried fruit (which most people don't seem to eat) goes over well. Another suggestion for the platter is nuts. Also somewhat unusual, and so welcome.
Grill some chicken and have a salad bar. Put out bowls of different salad toppings ( no croutons). Some cheeses, carrots, bell peppers, etc. No need to serve bread. Some gluten-free cookies or brownies or ice cream. It's still hot where you live, I think, or I would suggest a nice soup. You could make some gluten-free corn bread. Have all the little bowls ready in the fridge and the salad is easy. If you want time in the kitchen when they are there, you could add some quesadillas to the salad or soup. Use rice tortillas and different cheeses, salsas, veggies. Also, a taco bar so they can assemble their own tacos. Extra lettuce if you invite anyone like my dad. He just crushes it up into a big taco salad.
I serve the same stuff we usually eat in this house, and I'm now well known for having copious quantities of fresh, tasty food whenever guests come over. Stir fry is one of our staples (use olive oil and italian spices instead of canola and asian, and you've got a sautee that is equally good). We do a fair number of soups (chicken rice is a favorite, as is lentil). Grilled meat and veggies are quite common (with or without roasted potatoes). Really, I don't know what "normal" people eat that is different. (I'd probably serve more pasta based dishes, but my husband isn't a huge fan of pasta - regular or gluten-free.)
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Because our family is such a hodge-podge of what they can, will, and want to eat I usually do a buffet of some sort. Taco bars a good. No one realizes they are eating restricted diet food. Non-gluten-free folks can have flour tortillas, gluten-free can have their corn ones, etc. I've done pasta bars too. A couple of sauces, a couple of meat choices, and both gluten-free and regular pasta.
Well my husband won't go completely gluten free so he buys his own bread. If it were me I would go simple. Go to the deli and ask them to clean their machine and get sliced Boar's Head meats and cheeses and have sandwiches. Get gluten free chips, there are a lot out there. You can have gluten free bread and the others can do there own thing. Oh, I also get mayonnaise in the squeeze bottle and butter and mustard in squeeze bottle's so there is no CC.
Dx Celiac July 2010 by Endoscopy biopsy- had Endoscopy for another reason, not for possible Celiac
Lactose intolerant discovered August 2010
Hypothyroid Dx 2009. Sleep Apnea 2005
We usually toss something delicious on the grill as the main dish and have a few veggie and grain/starch sides. We had my parents over for Labor Day. Husband smoked a pork shoulder roast, and I made black beans and rice and fruit salad on the sides. We've done ribs, brisket, or burgers as well, with sides like baked beans, quinoa salad, vinaigrette potato salad, tossed green salad, potato or corn chips (not all at once, thank goodness).
I really don't cook different when I have company. Usually people are surprised that they are eating gluten free foods. I'm not sure what your typical meals are like, or if it's just casual "snacking". If you weren'y gluten free what might you do?
K8, I think you go for food you can prepare ahead and go completely gluten-free. That way you can safely eat the leftovers and not worry that someone who just picked up glutigenous food got crumbs on your carrot sticks. This is how I plan to handle the holidays and the staff party my hub feels he should host. Fortunately, they know about my my C D and give him info on things they see at the grocery that are gluten-free.
My boyfriend and I often have people over for dinner at our place, and it's always 100% gluten-free. Either people don't notice, or they are pleasantly surprised and ask for leftovers! All the ideas here are good, but really you can make any meal gluten-free so whatever you would have done in the past I'm sure you could tweak for "normal" people and yourself to all be able to eat it.
If the weather is colder, I might do chili. A quick one to make is just three different kinds of beans (canned), a can of corn and a jar of salsa, all mixed together and heated through. If there are meat lovers, I will add some ground beef. This can be served over a bed of rice and garnished with things like cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, olives and corn chips.
Soup can be another good choice, unless they are the type that want crackers or bread with their soup. Then they might not like the gluten-free stuff.
My family tends to like really bland food, so chicken and rice works well for them. Or I will do chicken with rice noodles and gluten-free gravy.
Another thing I have made is potroast with onions, carrots and potatoes.