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
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 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!
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 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
PALEO, VEGETARIAN & VEGAN friendly.
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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BONUS RECIPES: PALEO & VEGETARIAN
*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…