Q: My 80 year old father is visiting for two weeks, and while I'm borderline vegan (lactose intolerant, still eat fish), he's a full on carnivore who can't have: soy, dark leafy greens, most berries, and lots of spices or sodium or acids because of his health/medications.
Breakfast and lunch shouldn't be a problem, but help! I need dinner recipe ideas that will do for both of us, preferably one pot wonders that I can make ahead of time as I work (from home) until 9:00 pm. Any ideas wonderful readers?
Sent by Margaret
Editor: Margaret, our first though is beans, beans, and more beans. You can make a big pot of them on their own to have as a side dish for meals or to fill out things like burritos and salads.
Take a look at these recipes: A Pot of Beans: 10 Tasty Ways to Cook Beans
There are also a lot of one-pot soups based around beans. Think about chili, minestrone, and pasta e fagioli. You could even separately make some meat that your father could add just to his portion or wilted greens to add to your portion.
Readers, any other great meal suggestions for this one?
Related: Five Meal Ideas for Veg/Non-Veg Dinner Parties
(Image: Cuban Black Bean Soup/Kathryn Hill)