Vegetarian Diet For Celiac Disease

Advice needed on gluten free vegetarian diet for someone with Celiac Disease


So many great foods that other veggies enjoy (veggie burgers, soy crumbles, etc.) have gluten, and are off limits to me. It does get a bit discouraging at times. There is a great Veggie group where I live and I can’t even attend their monthly dinners as they are gluten-heavy. Thanks! D.H.

Savvy Vegetarian Advice

It’s hard enough having to be gluten free, but being a gluten-free vegetarian or vegan is much harder! If it weren’t for that, you could just find a gluten free support group and be perfectly happy.

What to do?

First, let the group members know that you would enjoy attending their monthly meetings, but that you have Celiac Disease, and can’t have any gluten. You can’t expect them to eat entirely gluten free on your behalf, but if it’s a pot luck, and they know about your situation, at least some of them would make gluten free dishes – and you could too.

If you’re eating at a restaurant, ask the group organizers to make sure there are several gluten free dishes, and to plan for restaurants where that’s possible.
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You could make a presentation to the group on CD. Tell them that Celiac Disease is thought to be quite common, with millions of people undiagnosed – that might put the idea in their heads that they could also be Celiacs and should go along with your gluten free diet for their own good. Oh, I’m so diabolical!

On a gluten free diet, rice and quinoa are your friends. At our house, we eat one or both at most meals. We’ve also developed quite a few gluten free recipes.

I always have a pitcher of gluten free dosa batter in the fridge, to make Indian crepes which we wrap around veggies, or gluten free flatbread dough to make sandwiches.

You can also throw a handful of quinoa, rice or millet into any soup to thicken it. Kashi brand rice crackers are a staple ‘fast food’ for me – I love them with avocado, hummus, or nut butters.
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Millet, teff and buckwheat are other grains you can enjoy in many forms, although some celiacs can’t eat them. Check with your doctor, maybe get tested for those grains.

There are different opinions about oats, but my celiac friends don’t eat them. They might be tolerated on their own, but are often contaminated with wheat in processing. But you can now buy certified gluten free oats.

Beans and lentils are tasty and versatile and you can find many gf recipes using them.

On the celic/sprue website, there are lots of tips and suggestions for a gluten free diet, as well as recipes and recipe books you can download or buy.

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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One Response to “Vegetarian Diet For Celiac Disease”

  1. Anna says:

    Thank you for a lovely article. Very helpful and supportive.

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