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Food Shopping for a Large Party of Non-Diabetic People


September 20, 2006


This coming weekend is the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana.  For the second night of the holiday, my wife's family is coming over to my house. Oh, and I am cooking for them.  Cooking for 10 people is not the problem, I love cooking for large crowds - but cooking dishes that are good tasting that are also on my diet will be the challenge.  Yes, I could make separate dishes, but I think I want to prove to them, or to the world, that I am not dying on my diet (although sometimes I may sound like I am) and I can eat a healthy well balanced meal that also tastes good.  Maybe it will also give them some ideas of their own.


I did some research by looking through some of my new diabetic and low-carb cookbooks and came out with a strategy for the dinner.  In the past I would make different dishes with different tastes (that hopefully complimented each other).  For this meal, I would prepare less main dishes, but provide the difference of tastes through a variety of sauces.  The main dish was going to be . . . . chicken, with four or five different sauces to meet all of the different taste buds that will be seated at the table.


The first course will be salad with a twist.  I will have all kinds of vegetables cut up for the individuals to take, put into a closeable container I give them with various dressings and they can make a salad for their own tastes.


The second course will be some kind of fish (I wound up buying a mock shrimp made from Pollock and whiting) and an egg soufflé (made with egg whites and vegetables).


The third course will be the chicken with various sauces, whole grain rices, low-carb pasta and various other vegetable side dishes.


Most of the bread will be of the multi-grain variety, but I will probably have a regular challah on the table as is customary for such an occasion.  I'll try to print out a full menu by the weekend.


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