Although hosting a dinner party is something people have been doing for many years, there are many things that a host must now take into consideration before deciding what to serve. Gone are the days when a menu could be planned out without checking with the guests to see if there were any food restrictions. No longer can someone invite people over for a dinner party without either inquiring if anyone has any food allergies or intolerances.
Although there are quite a few types of food intolerances, gluten intolerance is one of the most common.
When someone is gluten intolerant, they have a sensitivity to eating foods that contain gluten. Gluten is a protein that’s found in wheat, oats, barley and rye, and can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, headaches and more. The best way for people to avoid these unpleasant symptoms is for them to avoid any foods that contain gluten.
Many people aren’t even aware of gluten intolerance and what it can do to them, as there hasn’t been a lot of attention on this food intolerance until the past few years. Fortunately, there’s been more and more attention being placed on the foods we eat, which is mainly due to the fact that so many people are experiencing so many various illnesses and ailments these days. This has warranted a whole new way of looking at our food system, which is necessary in order to find some of the root causes of these ailments.
What to Cook for a Gluten Intolerant Guest
If your dinner party includes a guest who is gluten intolerant, then you’re going to need to take this into consideration when planning the menu. And it isn’t going to be as difficult as you may think!
Although you’re going to have to eliminate foods that contain wheat, oats, barley and rye, there are substitutes you can use, such as amaranth, cornmeal, soy flour, rice flour, Quinoa, tapioca, and more. For a delicious bread choice, try baking with mesquite flour. Delicious!
A few ideas for serving gluten-free foods at your next dinner party:
Gluten Dinner: Chicken with Pasta
Substitute: Chicken with Quinoa, White Beans and Tomatoes
Gluten Dinner: Shrimp and Pasta
Substitute: Shrimp with Rice and Vegetables
Gluten Dinner: Steak Sandwiches
Substitute: Steak and Spaghetti Squash, with a Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad on a Bed of Greens
Good to Know
Did you notice that gluten is found mostly in pastas and breads? Also, be careful to not cross-contaminate any gluten foods with gluten-free foods when preparing the food. And look on the packages to make sure it states that the food is actually gluten-free, which makes it easy to find new foods to try!