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vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free morning snack

I am having a few friends with kids over for an Easter egg hunt. I plan to serve my family's traditional Mennonite Easter bread, but among the handful of people invited, the majority have at least one dietary restriction: vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, and/or sugar-free. I would like to provide a snack for them as well, but sheesh, what's left? I love my friends, but hosting them can be a pain in the tuckus. Ideas?

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  1. When sugar free, does that just mean added sugar, or even the natural sugars in stuff like fruit?

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    1. re: juliejulez

      Definitely added sugar, but probably low sugar overall. She and baby are trying to get rid of a thrush infection.

      1. re: renshiwo

        If you have the time and space, how about a make-your-own taco bar? It would give your guests plenty of options and, if they assemble their own carefully, would accommodate all of them.

        Meat for the carnivores -- beef, chicken, or chili.
        Beans -- refried (vegetarian) and/or black
        Veggies -- onions, green peppers, mushrooms, perhaps red, orange or yellow bell peppers, tomatoes.
        Lettuce for garnishing
        Toppings -- salsa, sour cream, Mexican cheese, regular and/or pickled jalapenos.
        If you want to get fancy, you could offer several types of tortilla -- soft corn, crispy corn, flour, whole-wheat, and low carb. Other options include seafood (fish or shrimp tacos), corn, Mexican rice, nacho cheese kept warm for dipping . . .

        1. re: Chowbird

          A recent post in another thread suggested a potato bar, baked or mashed.

      2. re: juliejulez

        Fruit and starches are as bad as table sugar when it comes to blood sugar and feeding thrush.

        To the OP; I think it's way too limiting trying to make everything work for everybody... I'd make sure there's some kind of protein for every kind of diner, and have some crudite with dairy and non dairy dip, and nuts.

      3. Well that's not very fun. Veggie and/or fruit platter.

        I think people with restrictions tend to not expect people to bend over backwards for them. At least IME.

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        1. re: youareabunny

          Usually not but it's nice to make everyone feel included and welcome.

          I know I get seriously annoyed when I've been invited to someplace that thinks everyone eats bread or likes chocolate.

        2. Hardboiled or deviled eggs and fruit salad.

          1. Consider a potato and vegetable hash. It reads "morning-ish," and is filling in the same way as bread, but without the gluten. For those that haven't the dairy restriction, cheese can easily be sprinkled at serving, or a spoonful of sour cream. Or if you're feeling ambitious, slide an egg on top for those that would like it.

            I'd also consider some variety of chopped salad, but then again, I am a salad-in-the-morning person and not everyone is.

            1. Instead of trying to make ONE thing that will suit all restrictions and tastes you might consider a st up where people can pick and choose what they want, more of a buffet/ tray.

              1. Frittata. The gluten free folks can't eat the Mennonite bread, and a frittata is filling and accommodating....can be served at room temp. Traditionally you incorporate asparagus, but you can bump it up to include potatoes, or what you want.

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                1. re: pinehurst

                  How do you get a nice texture to the frittata without any cheese?

                2. If it just has to be vegetarian & not vegan, eggs are fine, so frittata bites/muffins would work.

                  Other ideas:
                  Pan-fried polenta or GF oat squares served with a couple of dipping/topping options - fruit compote and maybe even a dairy-free yogurt option?

                  Apple & pear slices with almond, peanut or sunflower butter.

                  Fresh berries with whipped coconut cream.

                  Chickpea flour pancakes (socca) topped with berry compote.

                  1. I think I will go with the asparagus frittata. I want this to be a pretty low key morning for me. Thanks for all the ideas!

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                    1. re: renshiwo

                      Just a reminder, don't use milk or butter/margarine if your dairy-free person has a protein allergy opposed to lactose. People tend to forget that (esp butter/margarine) when it's not their usual cooking style.

                      1. re: LP808

                        Yes, olive oil it is. Any suggestions on getting a nice texture to the eggs with no milk or cheese?

                        1. re: renshiwo

                          I'd whisk them, and err on the side of just cooked, low heat, so they stay moister.

                          1. re: renshiwo

                            I used canned coconut milk (not coconut water! :) to make a frittata recently when dairy wasn't allowed. It ended up working really well and the texture was great.