This week’s guest post is compliments of Carol Fenster, author of many gluten-free cookbooks. Most recently, Carole published 125 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Recipes, a book that caters to a sadly unrepresented demographic in the publishing world: gluten-free folk who eschew meat. Everyone who follows this diet will thank her for this collection of lovely dishes!
Please welcome Carol as she shares with us suggestions for the gluten-free vegetarians in your New Years Eve entertaining plans. You might be surprised how many there are in your midst — or how many people who don’t adhere to this sort of diet will appreciate the healthy options in your buffet.
It used to be that the hostess made the food and the guests ate it. Today, entertaining has become more complicated because not all of your guests can eat everything. About 21 million Americans have a gluten intolerance (3 million have actual Celiac Disease, while another 18 million have a non-celiac gluten sensitivity). Combine that with the 3 percent who are vegetarian and the 23 million who follow a vegetarian diet “some-of-the-time,” (we call them flexitarians) it is quite likely that your New Year’s party will include a gluten-free vegetarian.
What can you serve a gluten-free vegetarian? Actually, there are many good choices. [Read more...]