Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let’s Eat Gluten Free on Thanksgiving

Oh Thanksgiving.

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

So how can you Eat, Drink, and Be Merry with all those gluten landmines?

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Especially if the cooking is out of your control!? 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. I’ve been known to bring my own cupcake to a birthday party…..

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and I wouldn’t hesitate to bring my own dessert to Thanksgiving! Make sure you can enjoy your favorite part of the holiday – whatever that is.

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.

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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 foods to help you celebrate? Click the photos below for the recipe!

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