by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Eats, Entertainment, Film/TV, Lifestyle, Vegan
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Food Network Star Giada De Laurentiis is predicting the big food trend of 2012: vegetarian!

The chef says she is expecting veg cooking to be big next year and will be featuring meatless dishes on her shows. According to Vegetarian Star, Giada says she thinks people want lighter foods and have asked for more vegetarian recipes. “I’m testing out a lot of pizza recipes with gluten-free flours. Almond flour and quinoa are two of my new favorite ingredients to use in everything. I’ve been playing around with them a lot — how to make fresh pasta with it, how to put it into baked goods — and then, of course, agave as a substitute for sugar. I’m trying to find fun ways to incorporate these things that have actually been around for a long time, not necessarily in our culture, and make them more mainstream.”

De Laurentiis is responding to the demand for vegetarian meals not only from her viewers, but from family as well. She says, “I was shocked at the overwhelming response that most people wanted some really creative, tasty vegetarian dishes…My mother about 15-20 years ago decided she was going to become a vegetarian and that’s when I sort of made it my mission to start coming up with dishes that wouldn’t make you miss the meat.”

Watch Giada talk about the year of vegetarian and show some meat-free cooking in Food Network’s video below!

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

    No way, vegetarianism is soooo last century, its Veganism from now on.
    ;-) Just think Bill Clinton, Tyson, Oprah, to name a few.

    • Bad Kitten on a Rampage

      Hey now, for a lot of folks (especially in places like here in New Orleans) – they gots to go in baby steps and vegetarianism is a great baby step to take!

  • BenCat1000

    so true Herwin…….