Holiday parties have been scheduled and you may be expected to prepare a dish. When deciding what to cook and who to cook for, the range of ages, dietary restrictions and food allergies you’ll need to consider could be vast. What are you supposed to take? You don’t want party goers turning up their collective noses at a dish you so proudly placed at the buffet! Don’t worry - we’ve done the homework for you. Whether your friends or family members have diabetes or a gluten allergy, we’ve found easy recipes that should fit the bill, and even accommodate the tricky dietary needs and preferences of older adults
Cauliflower “Rice” Salad
This recipe looks festive and is nutritious! All of the calorie, carb and fat details, and a photo of the dish are posted on the American Diabetes Association
website. This is a gluten free recipe and can be doubled or tripled easily.
12 ounces cauliflower "rice" – see step 1
1 cup cucumber, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 green onions, sliced
3 tablespoons sliced Kalamata olives
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Cauliflower "rice" can be purchased frozen at some stores or you can make your own by following this instruction: place cauliflower florets in food processor and process until rice-like consistency (be careful not to over process).
- In a salad bowl, combine all salad ingredients.
- In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients.
- Pour dressing over salad and serve with reduced fat feta cheese if desired.
ADA Alternatives - Choices/Exchanges: 2 Nonstarchy Vegetable, 1 1/2 Fat
Rainbow Fruit Platter
You can read all of the nutritional information here
. We bet that everyone will gravitate toward this colorful, fresh dish that is gluten-free too!
Serves up to 25
8 ounces 100-calorie Greek vanilla yogurt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
4 cups whole strawberries, hulled
4 cups cantaloupe, cubed
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed (about 4 cups)
3 cups green grapes
4 cups blueberries
3 cups purple grapes
3 cups blackberries
- Mix together yogurt and chia seeds. Refrigerate overnight. Mix in 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon.
- On a very large platter place strawberries at the top row forming the top of a rainbow pattern.
- Place cantaloupe cubes as the second row underneath the strawberries.
- Continue this process with the pineapple through blackberries making the rainbow pattern.
ADA Alternatives - Choices/Exchanges: 1 1/2 Fruit
The American Diabetes Association’s website is a great resource for healthy, easy recipes for the holidays and your regular meals as well.
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