Diet choices differ for many reasons, but foods that work for nearly everyone include vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nongluten grains, like corn and quinoa. Our recipes are full of delicious, whole foods and designed to satisfy almost every customer’s dietary choices without compromising on flavor.
Universal Meals was created with these food preferences and allergens in mind:
The Top Eight Allergens
It is common for people to have allergies to milk, wheat, tree nuts, soy, fish, shellfish, egg, and peanuts.
Many people in the United States, and more around the world, suffer from lactose intolerance, or the inability to digest dairy products. Many are also gluten-free and avoid wheat, barley, rye, and other gluten-containing ingredients.
Our recipes omit the most common allergens and should be prepared away from contaminated ingredients.
Health, Humane, or Environmental Concerns
Many people avoid eating meat or all animal products for their health or the health and well-being of animals and the environment.
People from a Jewish tradition often avoid pork and shellfish. Those from a Muslim tradition often avoid pork and alcohol. Those from a Hindu tradition avoid beef and most avoid meat and eggs. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians avoid animal products two days each week and during Lent.
Our program covers most religious traditions. Meals can only be kosher or halal when companies have made the necessary arrangements. The range of religious observances is broad and may include practices that are not accounted for by Universal Meals.
Universal Meals are:
- Appealing to people with a variety of dietary needs and traditions and are clear about the ingredients they contain.
- Flexible, to be enhanced as desired (e.g., garlic hummus with roasted red peppers, rice pilaf with asparagus, bean tacos with salsa Mexicana), provided added ingredients fit within the guidelines.
- Adaptable for institutional settings (e.g., schools, airlines).
- Short-term-focused and not necessarily intended for extended periods. For example, recipes need not be low-sodium, vitamin B12-fortified, etc.