Catering for everyone at Christmas

Catering for everyone at Christmas

With young and old gathering for a festive feast, you’re hard-pressed to provide something for all tastes. Try these tips for ensuring everyone tucks in happily.

With young and old gathering for a festive feast, you’re hard-pressed to provide something for all tastes. Try these tips for ensuring everyone tucks in happily.

The heart of Christmas is getting the whole family around the table for a feast. So making it a success means ensuring that you’ve got something for everyone to enjoy.

These days that’s harder than ever. It’s not just about making sure you’ve got things for the kids to eat and you’ve prepared for the occasional fussy eater. Now you might have to contend with everything from food intolerances that take some items off the menu to trendy diets and food fads.

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As for the rest of your guests, take a look at our tips for catering for everyone to make sure they all have a merry (and mouth-watering) Christmas.

Young children

Most older kids will happily get stuck into the turkey, pigs in blankets, and sweet treats of Christmas. But for the youngest ones, you’ll want to make some changes.

Cook their veggies without salt and try blending them into a purée with some turkey if they’re too young for finger food. Avoid commercially made gravies and stuffing which are high in salt. For dessert, try baking sugar-free apple purée with baby cereal for alternative to apple pie for little ones.

Fussy eaters

Whatever you do, don’t make Christmas dinner into a battle of wills: the day will be go a lot smoothly if fussy eaters don’t feel under pressure. If it’s a guest, take your lead from them – they might even bring their preferred food.

Otherwise, take advantage of the fact that Christmas dinner involves so much choice. Let them take what they want from the spread and leave what doesn’t appeal. And if they end up filling up on crisps, chocolate and biscuits, let it slide just this once – after all, it is Christmas.

Elderly parents

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Illnesses such as diabetes can also cause a radical shift in diet later in life, but that doesn’t mean they need to miss out on all the Christmas feasting. Try making some desserts with artificial sweetener instead of sugar to make it easier for them to indulge.

Vegetarians

If one of your children has come back from university only to declare they are now a vegetarian, you’re not alone: about 1.2m Britons now don’t eat meat, according to the Vegetarian Society.

Luckily the Christmas dinner is loaded with veggies, so just resist the temptation to add bacon to the Brussels sprouts, avoid goose fat for the roasties and watch out for suet in puddings.

You’ll want something to replace the turkey for vegetarians, too. A nut roast is the classic choice, but you could also try a vegetarian haggis as a hearty, spicy centrepiece to the meal.

Gluten intolerant

For a small number of people with coeliac disease, gluten – the protein in wheat that makes dough stretchy – makes them seriously ill. But surveys show that up to 15% of Britons also try to cut it out in the belief that they have an intolerance, or that it’s healthier to avoid it.

Since wheat pops up everywhere, you’ll need to make a few changes for gluten-avoiders. Try using gluten-free bread in the stuffing, look out for gluten-free sausages for the pigs in blankets and use gluten-free flour for your mince pies, Christmas pud and cakes.

How do you make sure your Christmas dinner has something for everyone? Share your suggestions in the comments below.

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