Thanksgiving

Making Thanksgiving a Welcoming Meal for a Celiac Guest

Stephanie Diamond Gluten Free Works

gluten free thanksgiving partyThanksgiving can be the most depressing holiday for a celiac. It’s a whole day that centers around food. And no one wants to feel left out of the festivities. Part of being a celiac isn’t just the food, it’s the psychology of standing out in a crowd. I’ve found that I hate being pegged with the “special meal.” I want to fit in and eat the same food as everyone else. Thus, the most comforting thing for me is being invited to the home of someone who is aware of the simple steps that can be taken to make a gluten-free Thanksgiving that’s delicious for everyone.

It’s not necessarily about making gluten-free alternatives of “regular” food. It’s about finding regular food that happens to be gluten-free. You don’t need to spend a fortune at a specialty grocery store; most of Read More »

Gluten-Free Mango Cashew Cornbread Stuffing

We discovered during the past year that my 4-year-old son Ronin and my 21-month-old daughter Ellie are both gluten and dairy intolerant. My husband John is gluten-free too. The good news is that changing Ronin’s diet has helped his anxiety-related sleep issues decrease immensely. He used to have night terrors every night, but now only has them on the rare occasions we miss cutting out the gluten.

Since John has been gluten free for a while, I came up with this stuffing recipe a few years ago for Thanksgiving. And its always been a huge hit. This year I’ve modified it to also remove the dairy for the kiddos.

It. is. SO. Yum. If I do say so myself!

MANGO CASHEW CORNBREAD STUFFING (Modified Gluten & Dairy Free)

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Gluten-Free Holiday Snack Mix Recipe

Gluten Free Works Author Teri Gruss
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Gluten-free holiday snack mix recipe 2011 (c) Teri Gruss

 

Everyone loves Chex-style snack mixes. Our holiday blend is a twist on the original recipe. Poultry seasoning, dried cranberries and crisp gluten-free crackers add just the right holiday flavor in this fast and easy gluten-free snack mix recipe.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: About 12 cups snack mix

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Gluten-Free Turkey List 2011

Cheryl Harris Gluten Free Works

gluten free turkeyIt’s about that time of year! I always get so many questions from clients about which brands of what are safe, and so for the past 5 years I’ve put it all together to save you all the work!

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving,

Cheryl

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This list was last updated on Nov 3rd, 2011. Please let me know if there are any broken links!

General turkey tips:

  • Fresh, plain turkeys that are not stuffed are naturally gluten free
  • All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten, even if you don’t eat the Read More »

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes 3 Ways – Plain, with Apples or with Pecans!

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Gluten-free Pumpkin Pancakes. Photo- 2009 © Teri Lee Gruss

This recipe for gluten-free pumpkin pancakes 3 ways makes a light, spiced gluten-free pancake no matter how you make them- plain, with chopped apples or with chopped pecans. For a gluten and dairy free pancake, substitute coconut milk, or your favorite dairy free milk substitute for milk.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups canned light coconut milk OR milk
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pre-seasoned / sweetened pumpkin pie filling) Read More »

Gluten-free Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

Are you looking for gluten-free recipes for Thanksgiving?  If so, then we’ve got you covered.  The number of gluten-free recipes on blogs and websites are plentiful and offer a unique twist on traditional favorites.  Thanksgiving should not be a time of stress, but one where you enjoy gluten-free cooking/baking and sharing good food and conversation with the ones you love.

The list below is only a small sampling of gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes that can be found Read More »

Gluten Free Turkey List for Thanksgiving 2010

It is almost Thanksgiving and time for another holiday that centers around food.  This can be a time of stress for some on the gluten-free diet, but with a little research it is easy to determine which turkeys are gluten free.  It is important to note that fresh, plain unstuffed turkeys are naturally gluten free.  All regular stuffed turkeys contain gluten even if you don’t eat it because the gluten stuffing permeates the turkey while it is cooking.  Check the gravy packets very carefully to ensure they are gluten free as most are not safe and should be discarded.

We dined on a Honeysuckle White turkey last year and couldn’t believe how moist and flavorful it was, so that is now our turkey of choice.  If you question the status of a turkey call their customer service line for confirmation.  It is always better to confirm than to wonder or possibly eat a turkey that is not gluten free.  Here’s a list of turkey information from many major brands: Read More »

Top 10 Ways to Eat Gluten-free Safely for the Holidays

1)  Never assume.  Just because your host knows you’re on a special diet doesn’t mean they understand the nuances of your lifestyle.  Ask to see packages of foods before you eat them.

2)  Bring a protein-based dish to your next gathering.  That way, you know there will be something safe to eat, and you won’t be hungry.  Click here for a Holiday Read More »

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