My friend (since birth) is getting married in a few weeks. She was a baby at the time, but she still came to my baby shower! No excuses y'all. That is what real friends do. I don't think I have to explain to you at length why she is basically family.
There are so many traditions around weddings. One tradition that is beautiful, meaningful, and worth cherishing is spending quality time with your nearest and dearest celebrating love.
When it was time to plan the details for her bachelorette weekend I volunteered to cook dinner for the group on our first night in Austin, Texas. I wanted to show the bride how much I loved her and I thought the best way to do that (besides wearing a bridesmaid dress) was to cook a meal in her honor.
This is when it became a challenge.
- I do not like to cook meat. When I do consume meat (at about 20% of my meals) it has been prepared by someone else. Check out my story for more details on how I eat.
- Two people in the group cannot eat dairy.
- Two people in the group cannot eat gluten.
Keeping those things in mind, what could I cook for a group of seven women that would feel celebratory and hearty? We had plans to hit the bars after dinner-a light salad was not an option.
Here is what we ate:
Pear Kale Slaw from the Nom Yourself cookbook.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Vegan Meatballs from The Minimalist Baker. Ours didn't have bread crumbs (for our gluten-free friends) and they didn't taste any different from how I usually make them.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Newman's Own Marinara Sauce
Enjoy Life Brownies which are gluten-free and can be found on Thrive Market.
It all worked out in the end! We ate the leftovers at 2AM. It was a lively weekend with a lovely group of women.
I believe it's important to cook for the people you care about and give a damn about what you feed them. You have the power to send them off into the world with a full heart and a happy belly. That's love man.