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Gluten-free Entertaining

Jun 15, 2012

Chances are you know someone that has some sort of food allergy. One of the most commonly diagnosed is an allergy to gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye. Now that more research is being done and more health issues are found to be related to gluten allergy and intolerance, more and more products are promoting gluten-free ingredients. The media has certainly jumped on the bandwagon, making the American public more aware of this growing epidemic.

If you're not allergic to gluten, however, but know someone who is it becomes tricky figuring out what to cook when you're having them over for dinner. Or, perhaps, someone in your household has an allergy or intolerance and you find it challenging to fix fod them and for the rest of your family. The good news is that you can easily make a meal that everyone can enjoy together. Most everything in nature is gluten-free (other than wheat, barley, and rye), so that leaves you with a plethora of other ingredients to cook with without having to rely on mass-marketed "gluten-free" items that you generally find in the boxed, convenience isle. Make sure, however, when you are shopping for recipe ingredients (think sauces, marinades, etc) that you're reading labels. Some items listed can contain gluten without blatantly saying it: hydrolyzed vegetable protein, maltodextrin, and natural flavoring are just a few. Below is a menu for a dinner party or simply a nice prepared meal for your family that is completely gluten-free.

Appetizer: Homemade guacamole with fresh-cut veggies

Main: Baked salmon topped with dill and lemon slices

Side: Salad of artichoke hearts, sweet corn, romaine, and Parmesan with olive oil and lemon juice

Dessert: Berries, homemade whipped cream, chopped almonds and fresh shaved dark chocolate

For more information or ideas on gluten-free cooking, contact us at Fitness Together anytime!

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