Does the world really need another blog?
Do I think that I have something to offer the gluten free vegetarian world?
Well, I am not sure, but I do know that more and more people are being diagnosed with celiac disease every day. And more and more people are finding that they feel better without wheat, celiac or not. In fact, over the past year I have had a number of friends who have been either diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance or have decided to follow a gluten free diet for another health reason (migraines, behavioral issues, etc). Many of these friends have asked me for advice since they know I have been “around the (gluten free) block” a few times and that I previously advised and educated people about celiac disease and the gluten free diet as a support group leader.
It is through this blog that I wish to help these friends and others, vegetarian or not, ease into their gluten free lifestyle with fewer bumps. As you will see on my About page, I am not a creative, original cook. And I am not a baker. I am a cook, and so the goal of this blog is to help people with the basics of gluten free cooking and meal planning, mainly with putting meals on the dinner table. Occasionally I will write about a baking experience, but generally I avoid baking as I have found that it is not healthy for my waistline to keep such goodies around the house. And yes, most recipes on here will be vegetarian, in fact I would say that 99% of them will be vegetarian.
But you aren’t a vegetarian? That’s okay. I am not either (read my About page). But I cook almost entirely vegetarian meals. My goal is to help you learn that vegetarian cooking is more than rice and tofu. That it is more than just leaving out the meat. That it is more than salads and sprouts.
So even if you have never deliberately cooked a vegetarian meal, I would encourage you to read along and get a feel for things – you just might stumble on something you’d like to try. Or maybe you have thought it would be a good idea to reduce your meat consumption, perhaps in keeping with Meatless Mondays. Or if you happen to be one of our friends, you might find something on here that you can make for us the next time we come over for dinner! I hope this will help demystify the world of gluten free and vegetarian cooking for you. Welcome!