A great meal for guests
I have seen posts asking about serving sad eaters and what to bring to functions, etc. Today I had an old friend over whom I hadn't seen in about 15 years (Facebook is great.) He and his girlfriend are sad, as is my boyfriend, although he eats raw whenever we eat together. I don't like to push raw food as the only option on my guests, I want them to come over and enjoy themselves. What I like to do is make enough raw food so that it isn't obvious that I am accomodating them and not myself. It seems to make others uncomfortable when they are eating these big meals and I am happily eating salad, My family always worries that I am not eating enough! Today I made a spread that kept everyone happy and didn't scream out the differences in our diets. I don't think they even realized that most of what they had was raw. I made: mango/ pineapple salsa, pico de gallo with raw corn, guacamole, jicama fries, lettuce leaves for dipping, and chips for them, to start with. While everyone was munching on that, my boyfriend grilled some meat for them outside and I made a salad from my first lettuce of the season dressed in evoo and lime. I served fresh limeade to drink. For dessert I cut up a watermelon. It was nice because it wasn't like they were trying raw food, etc. It was just a meal that everyone could enjoy without anyone "crossing over" to the other side, even though most of it was raw!
That's really good daniefon, I wish I could balance things like that a bit better. I tend to struggle with this kind of thing and have realised that I've avoiding having people over for meals as much as possible since getting into raw.
I've got a couple of friends coming over next week though and have already starting wondering what I can do. One of them barely even eats vegetables so not sure how far I can go really. Think I may do several smaller dishes of both raw and cooked so we can all mix and match.
Hi daniefon- great food ideas and great attitude. It does seem to work best to serve a lot of stuff that sad eaters are used to eating mostly raw anyway, and making a really delicious version of it... also sounds like a great strategy to have someone else serving a single meat dish for those who want it. What did you put in your mango pineapple salsa other than the obvious?
My mango salsa is pretty easy, mix together:
chopped mango (1 large)
chopped pineapple (about the same amount as the mango)
diced serrano (I remove the seeds, I usually use a whole small one)
minced cilantro (a handful before chopping)
sliced green onion (2 or 3)
a drizzle of honey or agave
pinch of salt
stir and eat!