Elisabeth Hasselbeck swears it’s energizing, Gwyneth’s done it to drop pounds and both Oprah and Martha Stewart have discussed its benefits. (No, it’s not a romp in the sack with a smoking hot celebrity, although we’re sure that also applies.)
It’s a Gluten Free Diet; and though some see it as a trendy way to stay slim, most people who maintain one do so because of Celiac Disease (gluten allergy).
So what is gluten anyway? It’s a protein in wheat, barley and rye. Lots of common foods (think: everything with flour) are off limits. Meaning going gluten-free can be tough but it is possible.
Whether you want to try the new diet, or just want to impress a guest who has given up the gluten, or if you are gluten intolerant yourself, check out these simple but delicious recipes.
Grilled Vegetable Kabobs: Olive oil over eggplant, squash, zucchini, tomato, onions and any kind of pepper work. Careful; many salad dressings and marinades contain gluten as a thickening agent — go for balsamic vinegar!
Portobello ‘Burgers’: Sautee a portobello cap with onions, peppers and garlic until it’s soft. Plate it, top it with the veggies, hold the bun (save them carbs AND a bellyache!)
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers: Say what?! Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a grain that looks like couscous but with way more protein. Cook in vegetable stock, mix with black beans, cooked onions and a dash of crushed red pepper flakes. Stuff the mixture into a halved, steamed red pepper. Your friends will be asking for the recipe.
Corn chips, guacamole, hummus and salsa are gluten free, and therefore a perfect appetizer.
Fruit and Cheese Plate: Cookies and cakes are a no-no; stick with a fruit and cheese plate or try a yummy yogurt parfait for dessert!
xx, The FabFitFun Team