Summer time is all about good friends, good times, and good food. When faced with a variety of dietary needs, it can get a bit overwhelming to plan a meal. Some people find themselves making a variety of dishes just trying to please everyone. This same obstacle often presents itself when cooking for just two people who both have different tastes and dietary needs. However, it does not have to be as difficult as one might think. One basic concept can be modified slightly in order to accommodate varying palettes.
The issue of not everyone in the family wanting to eat the same thing deters some from making healthier food choices. Although, with a little ingenuity and small modifications, eating healthy and pleasing others can be just as easy as making one meal. The key is to find a common ground, especially on the main dish, then modify the sides as needed. Sometimes this maybe the opposite, the sides will be the same and the main entree will need to be different. Of course, it will usually be easier if the entree can be the same, at least for the most part.
Here is an example of variations to a meal to accommodate different tastes and dietary needs. The entree is a goat cheese stuffed burger, which is enjoyed here in two different ways. One is on a whole grain sesame seed bun and the other is served without the bun to accommodate dietary restrictions. The sides are steaming corn on the cob to accompany the burger with bun and avocado cucumber broccoli slaw for bunless burger. Of course, the avocado cucumber broccoli slaw would nicely accompany the other entree as well, it depends of the taste of the connoisseur.
The possibilities are numerous and many options will take very little extra work. The cheese in the burger can be changed to personal preference or omitted altogether. With these dishes, adding corn to the grill or boiling water will take little extra effort and will cook independently while tending to the other items. The burgers are great on the grill or pan fried. The broccoli slaw can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. For an added bonus, the avocado cucumber dressing on the slaw also makes a delicious dip for veggies. Add some fresh tomato slices from the farmers market or your garden for an extra boost of flavor and nutrition. As always, use your imagination and get deliciously creative. Enjoy.
Goat Cheese Burgers
1 lb 96% lean ground beef
2 T Bragg Liquid Aminos
1 T Steak Seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cumin and ground pepper
1/8 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
2 oz fresh goat cheese (garlic chive, plain, or flavor of choice)
In small bowl mix all ingredients except for cheese. Make four patties from meat mixture. Take 1/4 of cheese and place in the center of patty. Fold burger in half and then reform into patty with the cheese in the center. Repeat to make 4 patties. Either cook in large skillet on medium heat, 5 minutes on each side for medium. Or cook on grill for 6-8 minutes per side depending on desired cooking temperature. A meat thermometer is a helpful tool for getting the meat to the desired temp.
Avocado Cucumber Broccoli Slaw
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
2 T Braggs Liquid Amino
1/2 cucumber, skinned and chopped
1 avocado, peeled and pitted
2 stems green onion, chopped
1/8 cup cilantro
1/2 tsp cumin, pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 bag broccoli slaw mix
Add all ingredients except for broccoli slaw mix into a blender or food processor or use an immersion blender. Blend until smooth. Mix with broccoli slaw and refrigerate until ready to serve.