Cooking for the holidays can be stressful just in the fact that it is a big holiday with a lot of foods people traditionally eat. These days you’ll run into people with all sorts of diet plans and foods issues, which can make it even more difficult to cook a general meal. And, it would be rude to simply cook what you want and not take into consideration what your guests can or won’t eat.
Knowing About Food Allergies
If you have guests coming over that can’t eat certain foods because of an allergy it is extremely important that you know how to read ingredients and that you actually do that. Even the simplest mistake can have horrible consequences.
For people that need to eat gluten free it’s extra important to read the labels and get info directly from that person on what they can and cannot eat. Some of the strangest foods have wheat in them and gluten in them, and you don’t want to accidentally make someone sick when they come over for the holidays.
Following Special Diets
Vegans, vegetarians, or those just following a special diet may want to ensure what you are serving them fits into their diet. Make sure that you have a variety of foods so that these people can pick and choose what they want to eat.
One way to help people that don’t eat meat, and even those avoiding gluten, is to make sure you have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables available for munching. These people are used to making entire holiday meals out of such things.
Dealing with Picky Eaters
When it comes to feeding kids, you have a good chance of running into a picky eater. If you have been informed that one of your guests is fussy about certain foods make sure to find out about some of the things that they do like to eat so that you can have them on hand.
There’s no need to have a big scene caused during the already stressful holiday season if you can just simply cater to some of the special dining issues of people that will be at your holiday meal.
Covering the Traditions
No matter what special dishes you need to make for your guests, you don’t want to forget the traditional ones that you family makes each year. Even if you’ll be the only one enjoying the pumpkin pie you don’t have to be afraid to make it.
Holidays are a time of friends and family, and good food. Don’t let the stress of different eating habits ruin your holiday. Just get a head start on cooking and make a sacrifice here and there to make sure everyone can enjoy their holiday meal!