ON THIS WEEK’S episode of Dinner SOS, food director and host Chris Morocco is joined by Shilpa Uskokovic to help Lale Arikoglu, the articles director at Condé Nast Traveler and host of the Women Who Travel podcast, find meals to cook on vacation for a group with a lot of dietary restrictions.
Lale and her friends take frequent trips to Long Island. It’s all fun and games until they have to decide what to cook for dinner. Everyone seems to have a different allergy or aversion to something. Except for Lale, of course, who eats everything yet is paralyzed by the question of what to cook for everyone else. One of her friends can’t eat nightshades (a family of plants that includes eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes), her husband doesn’t like cheese, and others avoid shellfish and red meat.
Chris and Shilpa brainstorm some universal crowd pleasers. From Chris, Sesame Tofu with Broccoli and Peanut Butter Noodles, both all-star recipes from developer Hetty McKinnon. From Shilpa, Easy Fish Tacos with lots of optional toppings for servings, which in this crowd, ensures there’s something for everyone. Chris and Shilpa also share tips for what to pack when planning to cook on vacation (like oil, salt, pepper, and a paring knife) to save yourself from having to buy a whole pantry at the store.
Listen now to hear which recipe Lale selects for her tough crowd of eaters and whether they all survive the weekend (spoiler alert: they do).
Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit