Q: What's the easiest way to throw a dinner party that accommodates everyone's diets?
Trying to find one dish to satisfy every preference and allergy means you're unlikely to satisfy anyone. Instead, Peter Berley, author of The Flexitarian Table, adopts a fork-in-the-road approach: Start with one base recipe, then add the protein or substitute ingredients at the end. For a vegetarian-friendly take on bouillabaisse, for instance, Berley waits until the last few minutes to divide the stew in two, then adds chunks of white fish to one half and plump white beans to the other. "The fish and beans have similar textures, flavors, and cooking times," he says, "so it feels like everyone's eating the same meal."
Vegetarian-Friendly Fish or Bean Stew Recipe
More delicious dishes—with or without meat.
1. Serve croque monsieur sandwiches the classic way, with ham, or with the meaty flavor of sun-dried tomatoes.
2. Black bean enchiladas are tasty with either shredded chicken or smoked tofu.
3. Brown butter, tarragon, and thyme make a decadent sauce for sautéed shrimp or great northern beans, served on soft polenta.