For those of us that avoid gluten whether due to insensitivity, by choice, or full blown Celiac disease, the holidays can cause a double dose of stress with parties, shopping, AND having to cook gluten-free meals. Have you ever tried to successfully navigate a gluten-filled party buffet? It’s rough.
It’s rough, but it’s not a cause for despair. Every classic Thanksgiving recipe can be made both gluten-free and delicious. Personally, I think the gluten-free goodies are just as good or even better than the original counterparts. From pumpkin pie to the stuffing, gluten- free alternatives abound.
As always, reading ingredient lists will be crucial. Many, if not most, store bought packaged Thanksgiving shortcuts contain gluten. Gravy mix, stuffing seasoning…even the cranberry sauce can get you. Those challenges mean you get to be more creative, cook things from scratch, or shop at health food stores where gluten-free alternatives are plentiful.
So let’s dig into some info, tips, and recipes to rock Thankgiving g-free style.
*As strange as it may sound, don’t assume your turkey is gluten-free. A lot of brands use gluten when processing turkeys, so read the label! Of course, if you’re buying naturally raised, pasture fed turkeys like we all should, this won’t be an issue.
*Substitute gluten-free white bread or gluten-free cornbread into any stuffing recipe. Even if your family doesn’t like the taste and texture of gluten-free bread, stuffing is a perfect dish to pull off a disguise. Cube and toast the bread, then follow your favorite recipe. Here’s a winner from Celiac.com – Best Gluten Free Stuffing Recipe
*That said, you don’t have to have bread for stuffing. Rice and quinoa make great alternatives!
*Gravy mixes from regular stores are out. If you don’t want to make your own (why not?!), gluten-free mixes are easy to find at health food stores. For homemade gravy, thicken with corn starch, tapioca, or arrowroot flour. Ditch the bouillon cubes…they almost always have gluten (and MSG to boot – YIKES!).
*When it comes to the pie, I’ve always had the best luck just buying a gluten-free crust from the store. I’ve made this crustless, vegan pumpkin pie from Fooduciary.com several times and everyone always loves it. To blow everyone’s socks off, serve it with a scoop of Vanilla or Coconut NadaMoo ice cream. Wowzas…it’s good!
This year I’ve got my eye on some of the crave-worthy crusts and pies on our Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Pinterest board. The challenge here will be choosing which one to make!
Ok, cooking everything from scratch is ambitious. If you enjoy it, great. Go for it. If not, since the holidays are for spending time with our families and making memories, don’t stress out over minor details or trying to make everything perfect.
You have full permission to cheat. Almost every city has bakeries that make gluten-free dishes and desserts. If you don’t have a health food store near you, Celiac.com offers The Gluten-Free Mall…buy online and let others do the work for you. Yep, I like the sound of that. More football watching time for me.
Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at NadaMoo.