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Dinner ideas for a tricky house guest combination?

gildeddawn | May 24, 2015 12:17 PM

So, we're having two different sets of guests stay with us in a couple of weeks, and I'd like to cook dinner for them at least two, if not three, nights. Now, before we get into an etiquette discussion, I'm sure they'd all be mortified that I'm even asking this question, and would insist that anything I want to feed them is just fine, but I want to be a good hostess and make them food they actually want to eat.

So, one of the guests has quite plain tastes - I know he likes roasted meats, especially chicken, and vegetables, plain salad, most breakfast food, and things like pizza and burgers. I know he doesn't like most food that's semi or fully liquid (soup, stew, curry, pasta with sauce, etc.) or things that are heavily spiced or otherwise exotic. (Herbs seems to generally be fine, spices less so.)

The other guests are quite adventurous eaters, who avoid meat, especially chicken, most of the time, but are also fine with eating meat, especially as a flavoring element (bacon in soup, etc.). I know they eat a lot vegetables and beans, especially soup and curry.

So, how can I scare up a couple of meals that fit this somewhat challenging restrictions?

My ideas so far:
Grill one night - a variety of vegetables and proteins. I think this one's solid.

Maybe a salad bar with different proteins and dressings added at everyone's discretion to their own bowls?

Breakfast for dinner, possibly, but I'd want to find a way to add vegetables. Maybe omelets/eggs to order.

Any advice would be much appreciated. And again, I'm sure they'd all want me to make whatever I feel like, but what I feel like is making food my guests will enjoy.

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