I've got an interesting project: a local monastery's cook is going on vacation for 3 weeks and my husband and I volunteered to help make some meals. I had a list of 9 favorite dishes that I thought they'd like, but then found out that 2 of the monks have dairy/lactose issues--and most all of my dishes involved cheese in some way. They tell me it would be okay to make the dishes but make a portion without the milk/cheese, but I'd like to see if I can just come up some dishes that could work for everyone.
The dishes they're looking forward to from my list are meatloaf, turkey/black bean chili with hotdogs, and some kind of chicken curry (I don't really have a recipe but told them I'd come up with something). They were okay with 3-cheese ziti with sausage--as long as I made a portion without any cheese.
The plan is that I/we would make things earlier in the day for them to heat up later--or prepare meals in a couple of crock pots to cook all day. Got any suggestions? (One of the monks is going to make Sloppy Joes, so that's already spoken for.) They weren't so interested in meatless meals because they eat some sort of penitential canned soup on Fridays. :-P