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We all know how it goes. We’re going to someone else’s house for Easter, and we’ve heard there will be other guests that have food limitations. What in the world do I bring so that everyone can eat what I make? Where do I even start?

Here are a few great tips that will make your food preparations a little easier.

  1. Use ghee. Ghee is clarified butter that functions just like butter and is great for cooking vegetables. Ghee can be found in most grocery stores. The two most popular places stores keep it is either in the refrigerated section near the butter or in the baking aisle by the oils.
  2. Almost all people can have olives, fresh veggies and fruits. Offer to bring a fruit or veggie tray.
  3. If you want to bring something with cheese, think of either making it goat cheese or parmesan. These cheeses are the most likely enjoyed by people with dairy intolerances.
  4. Try using an egg replacer in your baking. Did you know you can use pumpkin, applesauce, or even dairy-free yogurt as a substitute for eggs in most baked goods?
  5. Bring meat-based foods. Meats are usually all considered “safe”. Just be thoughtful about what you put in or on your meat (e.g. breadcrumbs).

I don’t know what foods you’re planning on making for the holiday, but I’m keeping it simple. I plan to make cookies (paleo-friendly, of course) with my children and bring rainbow carrots roasted with ghee. I’m not going to let our own family restrictions keep us from celebrating the holiday. This is a great time to get together with friends and family, as we have much to celebrate! Don’t let the fear you have that no one will eat your food be a reason to not enjoy this holiday. Savor both your food and your time together!