|Fresh fruit is a safe offering for almost every guest at a potluck!|
This is another post that I wrote about Growing Up With Food Allergies. With new people learning about the need for a special diet all the time, I though it would be good to bring it back.
Just when you think you have the hang of your special diet (whether it's vegan, gluten-free, due to food allergies, etc.) summer comes and throws a little wrinkle your way.
At least that's what happened to me. I finally felt I had some mastery of what I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner when I changed my diet to address the needs of my nursing, food-allergic baby. I wasn't eating the same one food over and over and over anymore. I could make a dinner to serve guests that passed company muster.
And then came summer.
Summer means barbecues and potlucks and bringing dishes to share. Ugh!!!
After figuring out a few tricks, I now look forward to the hot months with glee.
Here are some tips:
- If I'm only bringing one dish to share, I make sure that it packs a nutrition-filled punch. It needs to be filling and nutrient-dense so that I can be sure to join in on the fun with a grumpy belly.
- If I'm bringing a couple of dishes, I make sure one of them is a delicious treat. This shows the other guests that they, too, can provide a dish that's safe for others that is still going to taste great.
- My family and I never go to a party hungry. It's a bonus if we can eat when we get there, but if we've had something before we leave the house, we're still ok if we don't have much to choose from.
- I separate out a few cookies or brownies from what I'm bringing and wrap them up separately for my boys. It's easy for crumbs to mingle on a buffet table, and then all of my hard work to provide a safe treat can go down the drain. If I have theirs set aside, I can pull them out when it's time to eat, and they will have a treat that looks like everyone else's.
- I ask if I can serve my family first, before spoons migrate from one bowl to another.
- Sliced fruit is always a good option to bring, too.
- Lemon Dill Pasta Salad
- Tomatillo Pineapple Guacamole
- Watermelon Nectarine Fruit Salad
- Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes