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Cooking a holiday meal for 5 people total - any ideas?

Asked by rockfan (9145points) December 16th, 2017 from iPhone

One person is extremely health conscious, one person dislikes stereotypical “comfort food”, and the other person likes pizza and burgers.

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flameboi's avatar

Whole foods…

janbb's avatar

Roast chicken with broccoli or brussel sprouts, carrots and baked sweet potatoes?

None of them seem to have food allergies so make something you like to make and they can enjoy it or not.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Lasagna with chicken sausage. Tossed salad. Sherbet for dessert.

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Funny, my first thoughts were roast chicken and lasagna, too. Is there something like that you’ve had success with? When I have to cook for a crowd I like to make a practice run.

Kardamom's avatar

“Portobello Mushroom Margherita Pizzas”:

“Arugula Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Feta Cheese”:

For dessert: oatmeal cookies with walnuts and dried cranberries, and “Brownies made with Black Beans”:

Dutchess_lll's avatar

Cook what you want to cook, they eat what they want. If they leave hungry who cares? They can just thank God they have the option of being overfed and their “hunger” can be cured at the neatest Mcdonald’s drive through.

johnpowell's avatar

Taco Night…. Everyone loves them and people can build what they want. You could have, beef, chicken, and beans as a base. Then all the toppings are easy. Toss in what you like.

And you will have great leftovers.

For the super picky person you could toss some cheese on a tortilla and make a quesadilla.

Jeruba's avatar

Buy a big bag of baby spinach and arugula and put it in a nice bowl. It’ll go on the pizza (after it comes out of the oven) and the burgers, and your healthy eater can just put some salad dressing on it. Everybody’s happy. Hurray!

By the way, what do you like?

snowberry's avatar

Make it a meal where you provide the meat course, and everyone brings a dish they like. Boom! Problem solved.

marinelife's avatar

For festive holiday dinner there is nothing quite like a rib roast. Cook it on the high heat method.

ragingloli's avatar

Big pot of chicken curry.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Make healthy homemade pizza’s with all the ingredients that these people like.
Even cooked hamburger (crumbled) on top of pizza works too.
Have a huge healthy salad ready too.
Fruits a plenty and veggie plates.
Poultry or meat ( roast) as a main meal.

longgone's avatar

Raclette? Veggies for the healthy eater, it’s not too stereotypical, and the pizza guy can have some dough and make slices of pan pizza.

janbb's avatar

How about a Morrocan tagine with cous cous?

But seriously, I don’t think you have to try to cater to each of your friend’s preferences in one meal or you can drive yourself crazy. None of them sound like they are on restricted diets so plan a meal that you are comfortable making and offer some healthy salads or vegetable sides. Pizza boy and comfort food averse friends can suck it up and enjoy the fact that they are with you for a holiday meal. otherwise, it gets ridiculous.

chelle21689's avatar

Potluck instead!

Kardamom's avatar

@rockfan What did you end up making?

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