Any true vegan recipe will not contain dairy, eggs, or honey – anything that comes from an animal is omitted. Many vegan recipes are quite satisfying and are based on nuts or legumes, great sources of protein, to provide texture and substance. (If you have a nut allergy, ask about ingredients ahead of time). Vegan dishes also imply vegetables and fruits so a vegan diet is a great way to make sure you eat plenty of these important parts of the food pyramid.
Fresh vegetables are highly nutritious and avoid common food allergens. For people who need a gluten-free diet, try salads and side dishes—especially fruit, vegetable, and grain salads. You can enjoy dishes made with quinoa, oats, millet, buckwheat, rice, or corn; potato salads (depending on its ingredients and your restrictions) and vegetable dishes. Sweet potatoes, yams, and winter squashes make excellent, versatile bases for delicious cold-weather casseroles and soups everyone can enjoy with a little forethought.
Tree nuts, such as walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews grow on trees in shells; peanuts are actually legumes that grow in the ground on vines, just as beans do. However, both are common allergens (although people who are allergic to one type are not necessarily allergic to the other). If your nut allergy is severe, don’t hesitate to reveal this to your host or the restaurant and ask about menu ingredients to determine what is safe for you to eat. Bear in mind that many international foods are prepared with peanuts or other nuts in the sauces or as ingredients. Ask to read the labels of packaged foods as protection. Depending on what’s being served, you might want to eat at home first and then show up for worry-free fun with friends and family.
Egg nog contains eggs (obvious) and dairy. Drink water, juice, soft drinks, sparkling cider if eggs and dairy are allergens for you. Or ask about or bring a dairy-free variety made with soy or nut milk (if you can eat the eggs).