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How to Be a Gluten Free Hostess with the Mostest

By Blogger Heather Nolan

Chances are someone in your family or circle of friends is required to live gluten free. So, how do you cook for them? It’s tricky! I polled my readers and the most popular response I got was that they just bring their own food. I get that, I really do. As a former vegetarian, it was hard to put trust into someone who doesn’t know all the ins and outs of my diet… but unlike being a vegetarian, a ‘little bit’ of gluten can cause a whole lot of pain and illness to someone with celiac disease.
 
With holiday season just around the corner, here are the most useful tips I’ve put together to help you become the Gluten Free Hostess with the Mostest:
 

  • Let your guests help you build a menu! Ask the gluten-free people in your life what foods/recipes they love. If they still insist on bringing their own food, work together to build an awesome gluten free spread.
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  • Simple, unprocessed foods are your best bet. Meat, vegetables? All gluten free, naturally. If you are using purchased foods, it’s really necessary to make sure the product says ‘Gluten Free’, like Catelli’s Gluten Free pastas, all of which are identical in taste to the original wheat-based varieties. It’s made with the finest quality white and brown rice, corn and quinoa and since the majority of pasta sauce recipes are naturally gluten free, serving pasta is a great choice that everyone will enjoy.
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  • Serving a completely gluten free meal is best. But if you do serve a combination of both, whatever you do, have the foods in different areas and serve, or let the gluten free guest do up their plate first. Cross contamination is the worst enemy for someone with Celiac Disease. One invisible fallen bread crumb in the gluten-free hummus can undo everything.
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  • Let your guests know what each item is and what its ingredients are. Even if they don’t have Celiac Disease, they may get horrible indigestion from onions or an upset tummy from too much milk.

 
With a bit of planning, knowledge and communication, hosting friends or family who are required to eat gluten-free will become much simpler. Of course, always keep in mind that your guests are there to see you and it’s your friendship and company that is the most important.

Blogger Heather Nolan

Halifax’s Heather Nolan can usually be found in one of three places: on the beach, on her phone, or in her kitchen. When she’s not sharing her stories or recipe creations at mmmisformommy.com, a blog she started in 2011 when she was home with her baby girl, as a self-proclaimed ‘Pasta Wizard,’ Heather is making magic over her stove.

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