It’s hard to imagine dinner hosts of yesteryear asking their guests beforehand if they have any dietary restrictions or allergies. Those questions were fitting for a doctor maybe, but not a dinner party, where guests were expected to eat–and enjoy–whatever delicacies they were served.
Those days are gone, and we’re better for it, of course. The willingness to accommodate others’ dietary needs, be they medical, ethical, or a matter of personal taste, is a move in the right direction towards inclusion and compassion for our friends and neighbors.
But that doesn’t make it easy. It’s not uncommon today to find a table with four diners who have four distinct dietary preferences. Some of them may be the result of medical conditions or allergies, while others may be inspired by personal ethics, taste preferences, or health and weight-loss goals. That’s a tough crowd to please.
Restaurants have been doing plenty to diversify their menus and make their food equally accommodating for vegans, carnivores, those allergic to nuts, and plenty of other dietary needs.
But it’s not as easy to do at home. Simply put, we only have so many dishes, so many recipes, and so much knowledge of nutritional science or cross-contamination.
Luckily, there are more and more options out there to help you diversify your home kitchen and accommodate the wide spectrum of eaters you wish to host.
Breaking Bread With Vegans, Diabetics And Food-Sensitive Eaters Has Never Been Easier
Today’s meal kit delivery companies cater to a wide range of dietary needs without sacrificing their commitment to culinary excellence.
Take, for instance, diabetic-friendly meal services, which exclude any ingredients unfavorable to those with diabetes, thereby allowing you to feed your diabetic guests without the research or fear of serving them a meal that compromises their health.
And then there are vegan meal kits, plant-based meal kits, meal kits which clearly label meals that are free of nuts, dairy, sugars, and other commonly avoided ingredients. This wide scope of meal kits make it easier than ever to serve a diverse group of relatives, friends, or dinner guests without having to cook 10 separate meals or forcing anyone to snack glumly on bread and iceberg lettuce while their fellow guests joyfully dig into their steaks.
Meal Kits: Homecooked, With An Assist From The Professionals
Meal kit delivery services are a relatively new but growing phenomenon in American households. Their biggest selling point–convenience–is hard to argue against. By ordering entrees online and receiving a package at your door complete with all the ingredients, sauces, accoutrements, and recipes you need to quickly and easily turn them into a tasty meal, you’re able to experience the pride and health benefits of eating your own meal without the shopping trips, kitchen labors, and intrusions on your busy schedule that come from cooking a meal from scratch.
But there’s another benefit that has recently shown to be just as inviting to American eaters. Meal kits these days come in a variety of recipes that accommodate nearly every type of diet you could imagine. This makes it easier than ever to have guests over and please every one of them, no matter where their taste or dietary preferences lie.