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Sep 29, 2009 06:49 AM

Looking for Sukkot recipe ideas for people with special dietary needs

Looking for main and side dish ideas to serve to relatives: one with diabetes, one on coumadin (no green vegetables), and one with acid reflux (no lemon juice, vinegar, or tomato products). No recipe has to match all their needs, but 2 out of 3 would be great! Also, I'm hoping for something more gourmet than baked chicken.

Also have vegetarians coming, but I'll deal with them separately...

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  1. If you're making a meat meal, cornflake crusted chicken parts would fit for most of your guests. Serve with a variety of dipping sauces to make everyone happy.

    A large platter of grilled vegetables is nice, and everyone can choose what they want to eat. Carrots, peppers, zucchini, eggplant, onions... etc. Prepare it in advance and serve room temp with balsamic vinegar in a pretty cruet on the side.

    Roasted potatoes with paprika or rosemary can be eaten by all. The really tiny ones with the red and white skins are really pretty served whole. Or make twice baked potatoes with different fillings- lemon/herb, mustard/sauteed onions, plain w/salt and pepper

    For the vegetarians, you can grill marinated tofu slices and serve with the grilled vegetables.

    Also, a quinoa salad- side dish for meat eaters and main for vegetarians.

    1. Simple chicken recipe:

      Sesame Chicken -
      Use cutlets or a chicken in 8ths
      Mix equal parts dijon mustard and apricot preserves (can get the sugar-free kind so that it is diabetes-friendly).
      Pour over chicken, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
      Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until really tender (about an hour to hour-and-a-half).

      The mustard might be a little problematic for the person suffering from acid reflux, but this should work for the others.

      Simple roasted vegetables (especially fall ones, like butternut squash). Preheat oven to about 400, slice up sqash, brush on olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt (kosher or sea) and black pepper, bake for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through. May have too many carbs for the diabetic, though. That person will have to decide for him/herself.

      Won't work for the diabetic most likely (because too much carb in the rice), but Kosher by Design Lightens Up has a really nice Baked Brown Rice with Edamame recipe. If the person with acid reflux can consume soy sauce, this should work for all but the diabetic, and it has protein in the edamame that would work for the vegetarians.

      Good luck!

      3 Replies
      1. re: asf78

        I was going to mention the baked brown rice, but it's really something that needs to be put together right before serving.

        1. re: cheesecake17

          Maybe I'm not so picky, but I made it Thursday night for shabbos lunch. It re-heated really well (on a hot tray, not in the oven - I use a timer for the tray and place the food on it before the time kicks on in the morning), and my friends kept going back for more. At least one had three helpings, and another had four. Especially if she makes it for the second day, when re-warming food is less problematic because it's yom tov, not shabbos (for people who are very particular on that), I think it will be okay.

          I'm a huge fan of leftovers though, so maybe I'm not the best judge when it comes to that sort of thing.

          1. re: asf78

            Interesting, maybe I'll try it. I would think the best reheating option is on a warming tray or in the micro, not in the oven. Oven tends to dry out rice.

      2. Try a veal roast - very simple - rub with olive oil, salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary - roast at about 400-450 'til done. Can't go wrong with chicken or meat in a pot with potatoes, onions, garlic -