Feeding a Variety of Diets the Same Meal {50+ Recipes Included!}

Variety of Diets the Same Meal! Get the strategy plus 50 recipes that feed everyone at the same time! www.PopularPaleo.com  #paleo #vegetarian #pescatarian #vegan #glutenfree #specialdiets
A vegan, a vegetarian and a Paleo eater walk into a bar…

OK, maybe you’ve heard that one before. But how about sitting down for dinner together? In my circle of close friends we have everything from “anything goes” to Pescatarian to a fairly flexible Vegan to Paleo (yours truly!) and we all love to cook… and eat.  Occasionally we get together to make a meal–ONE MEAL–that we all enjoy. Think that sounds impossible? With a little planning, it’s actually quite fantastic. I absolutely think that Vegans and Paleo eaters can be friends.

At our last gathering we enjoyed:

  • Salmon with lemon, garlic and grass-fed butter in foil packets
  • Spaghetti squash sautéed with prawns, garlic, lemon, capers, feta and basil in veggie stock
  • A salad of romaine, pears, feta, dried cranberries and pecans
  • Pan-roasted asparagus in garlic and chili infused olive oil

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Not bad right? It was very easy for us to navigate this menu. If we needed to eat around something or just pass on it, it was simple to do. We were totally stuffed, and frankly a little impressed with ourselves for putting together such a delicious meal. It got me thinking about all of you out there…

With the holidays around the corner, my hunch is that many of you who follow this blog are thinking, “uh oh… I could probably handle Paleo tweaks but now so-and-so is coming and they’re vegan/vegetarian/pescatarian. Crap.”

Even more intimidating than managing competing food lifestyles is accommodating allergies. When dietary restrictions are preference-based, at times the mom in me wants to handle it with “you get what you get so don’t throw a fit,” but allergies or aversions for ethical reasons are a different animal.  No eggs. Lactose intolerance. No nuts. Celiac. Autoimmune protocols. No animal products. Yikes! That’s enough to make me a little nervous too.

Friends, I’ve got good news: “oh crap!” no more! Here are FIFTY delicious recipes from around the web that will fit any specialty diet trickery your holiday guest list throws your way. Plus a handful of Paleo-Vegetarian/Pescatarian recipes that are just yummy!

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PALEO as you likely already know, is a diet centered around pastured and wild meat sources, vegetables and tubers, fruit, seeds, nuts and healthy fats. It omits any foods that carry baggage with it like soy, legumes, refined sugars, gluten, most grains and for the most part, dairy.

VEGETARIAN is a diet comprised of vegetables, legumes, grains and soy, and often accepts eggs and dairy products such as milk, cheese and butter. Many vegetarians are comfortable eating seafood, which is called a PESCATARIAN.

VEGAN diets are based solely on foods which are free from any and all animal products. This includes all dairy products like butter and ghee and also honey (that was a tricky one for me to catch!).

On honey… Since it is not vegan-friendly, remember that you can always select from coconut palm sugar, coconut nectar, pure maple syrup and medjool dates as an alternate sweeter accepted by all diet profiles.

The Strategy

The general strategy for building meals is to pick recipes that fit at least two of the dietary criteria you’re serving. Also try to pick a recipe with a neutral base and offer toppings or conflicting ingredients on the side. For example, make a grain-free pizza crust with a dairy-free sauce base and a few vegetables. Then set out goat cheese or pastured bocconcini and some grilled tofu, shrimp and chicken. Or another idea is to do a big batch of cauliflower rice with tons of fixings on the side for personal “burrito bowls”.  Prep Mexican Lemonade Prawns, marinaded tofu, lots of grilled vegetables and some pastured, organic cheese and sour cream. Maybe have some non-GMO organic tortilla chips on the side for your grain eaters. This is totally do-able, guys!

Here are FIFTY recipes that are

Breakfast & Snacks

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie by Peace, Love & Kale

Banana Almond Butter Coconut Smoothie by Veggie Converter

Crunchy Banana Maple Nut Free Granola by Meatified

Homemade Applesauce by Oh Lardy!

Crunchy Cinnamon Baked Banana Chips by Meatified

Banana Nut Chia Pudding by Savory Lotus

Vanilla Chia Pudding by Savory Lotus

Veggies & Sides

Beet & Kohlrabi Sauerkraut by Oh Lardy!

Herb Slaw with Ginger-Cumin Dressing by Real Food Kosher

Garlic & Herb Sweet Potato Rounds by Meatified

Simple Spiced Spaghetti Squash by Grok Grub

Sweet Potato Hash Browns by Coco’s Well

Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries by Popular Paleo

Paleo Sweet Potato Gratin by Meatified

Crispy Brussels Sprouts by Paleo Cupboard

Watermelon Mojito Salad by Stupid Easy Paleo

Indian Pineapple Cauliflower Rice by Stupid Easy Paleo

Moroccan Cauli-Rice by Popular Paleo

Butternut Apple Skewers by Peace, Love & Kale

Green Bean Casserole by Veggie Converter

Paleo Spicy Marinaded Carrots by Paleo Cupboard

Flatbread Pizza by Healthy Living How To *modify toppings accordingly

Roasted Parsnip Hummus by Popular Paleo

Babaganoush by And Here We Are

Mexi “Cauli” Rice by Healthy Living How To

Sweet Potato “Chips” by Healy Real Food Vegetarian

Sweet & Sour Apple Slaw by Healthy Living How To

Pan Roasted Cauliflower & Zucchini by Popular Paleo

Fennel, Beet, Blood Orange & Kalamata Olive Salad by Cheeseslave

Paleo Butternut Gnocchi by Healy Real Food Vegetarian

Chia Flax Crackers by Healthy Living How To

Simple Fajita Salad by Weed ‘Em & Reap *add toppings accordingly

Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice by Popular Paleo

*Vegans: honey substitutes are accepted in these recipes

Pumpkin Fudge by Love Love Thing

Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups by Mix Wellness

Dark Chocolate Superfood Mousse by Mix Wellness

Raw Vegan Key Lime Pie by Primally Inspired

Superfood Apple Crisp by Popular Paleo

Raw Chocolate Tarts by Good Girl Gone Green

Chocolate Raw Mini Mint Cookies by Good Girl Gone Green

Caribou Poached Pears by Veggie Converter

Ginger Snaps by Healy Real Food Vegetarian

Paleo Chocolate Silk Pie by Paleo Fondue*

(*but use this crust if you need to avoid the 2 TBSP of honey)

Banana Date Chocolate Chia Pudding by Jule’s Fuel

Dressings, Sauces & Salsas

Avocado Fig Fertility Salsa by Mix Wellness

Creamy Roasted Tomatillo Salsa by Popular Paleo

Avocado Peach Salsa by Healthy Living How To

Almost Ranch Dressing by Meatified

Spinach Guacamole by Popular Paleo

Spicy Maple BBQ Sauce by Ditch The Wheat

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*Crab Cakes by Paleo Cupboard *use vegetarian friendly fat for cooking

*Mussels in Thai Curry Sauce by Paleo Cupboard

Paleo Pasta by Paleo Cupboard

*Paleo Fresh Spring Rolls by Stupid Easy Paleo

*Ahi Tuna Salad by Stupid Easy Paleo

Shakshukah by And Here We Are…

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Many of these recipes are vegetarian and vegan friendly as well so you can easily feed your mixed diet guests the best breakfasts.

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  1. says

    Ah-MAZING culmination of incredibly delicious recipes that fit every eating style! This is like the “kumbaya” of recipe round ups! Thanks for including my peanut butter cups, chocolate mousse, and fertility salsa! :)

  2. Cruz Monrreal II says

    This list is amazing! Can’t wait to try out some of these recipes!

    I do want to give a word of warning. This past weekend I found out that Honey is not Vegan (I was so close…) as it is a product of Bees.

    • popularpaleo says

      Me too! We all have different reasons for eating the way we do, and I love the challenge of welcoming everyone to the same table. And I bet EVERYONE would be happy to sit down to a piece of that Key Lime Pie! YUMMMM!


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