Cooking for people with special dietary needs

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The CSU Extension office will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 26 and 27.

Thanksgiving dinner is one of the most anticipated meals of the year, yet it can be a challenge for people with special dietary needs such as gluten intolerance, or vegetarian or vegan requirements. It can also be a challenge for the cook/ host who on one hand is planning a traditional Thanksgiving meal yet wants to make sure all guests can enjoy the holiday feast.

The first step is to understand what a gluten-free or vegetarian diet entails and then plan a menu that works for everyone. It is also important to speak with your guests before the big day to understand their specific needs and to ask their help in preparing dishes that they can enjoy. They may also want to bring their favorite dish to share with the group.

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