Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How to Stay Gluten Free on Thanksgiving

Oh Thanksgiving.

How you scare us all with your plethora of pies, stuffing, rolls, and breaded onion casseroles.

So how do you stay gluten free this Thanksgiving when the cooking is out of your hands? Eesh! It seems a little daunting, no? But hopefully with a little support and preparation, you can enjoy Thanksgiving without worrying about gluten coming to get you!

Help Me, Help You: If you’re spending the holiday with close family and friends, then help them create their gluten free menu. Let your family know the ingredients that are safe for you. Provide a list with gluten free cooking stocks or better yet, give the cook a few boxes. Give them the gluten free bread for the stuffing. Whatever you can do to inform and help will make it easier on everyone.

The Early Bird..: gets the ingredients! Show up early. Help in the kitchen. That way you’ll know what ingredients are in what items, and you can even help substitute to keep it gluten free.

Get Cooking!: Offer to make a side item or dessert. That way you’re helping lighten the load and ensuring you can eat that offering!

Show up Packing: When all else fails, make your own gluten free version of items you’re unsure of. Order a few inch thick slices of Boar’s Head turkey from your local grocer.

Stick to Veggies: Mashed Potatoes are cool without the gravy. Greens and such should be cool. Cranberry Sauce? Check!

But most of all, don’t forget: it’s not about the food. Make new traditions for Thanksgiving that don’t involve stuffing and gravy. Create healthy habits that will be good for you and your family!

Still looking for gluten free recipes to help you celebrate?





Hannah said...

Is oceanspray canned cranberry sauce gluten free?

Nikki said...

My first Thanksgiving after my celiac diagnosis a couple years ago, I used every one of your Thanksgiving recipes to contribute to the meal because I had no idea how to cook GF. I made your sausage balls, your popovers, your stuffing and one of your desserts I can't remember right now (I think it was some sort of cupcake). This year is the first year I am hosting the meal, and I'm literally making every single dish. I'll be revisiting some of your recipes again. Just want to say thank you :)

chaltom said...

Thanks for the great holiday idea and recipes. I can't wait to start cooking.

Tracy Anderson said...

Just thought I'd add to your post... there is no reason for gluten-free eaters to forgo the gravy if you can have your host make it with cornstarch instead of flour!

It's very easy... you just stir together equal amounts of cornstarch and water to make a "slurry" and then whisk it into the turkey drippings. Once you bring it to a boil, it should thicken up. My mom has been making gravy this way for years, so I have never known any other way... and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it's a great option for those going Gluten Free!