It’s that time of year again – menu planning at my house is in full force and I’m excited for another gluten-free Thanksgiving. Though the sound of a gluten-free turkey or side dishes may initially leave your guests feeling turned-off, they can rest assured that a gluten-free Turkey-Day won’t mean any less taste on your dinner table, nor will it keep you from serving a classic Thanksgiving feast! It will require some planning on the host’s part, but what Thanksgiving menu doesn’t?
This year, make these items your gluten-free staples to replace the “regular” versions:
- A FRESH Turkey. Avoid turkeys that have broth or stuffing already added. These ingredients are red flags for gluten.
- Gluten-Free Gravy. Make your own using the juices from your bird and adding corn or potato starch as a thickener instead of wheat flour.
- Gluten-Free Corn Bread. Make a batch of Bob’s Redmill GF cornbread instead of dinner rolls.
- Gluten-Free Stuffing. Check out Udi’s recipe!
- Gluten-Free Pie Crust. You can make your own or buy it already made. Whole Foods has it in their freezer section and I highly recommend it…very tasty!
I don’t indulge in sweets very often…my health depends on me maintaining a whole foods diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and seeds. Yet when it comes to my birthday, I prefer to have my cake and eat it too. And with my 35th birthday coming up, I thought I’d post some of my favorite recipes for Gluten-Free treats, including a delicious cupcake recipe that you can easily make without refined sugar or dairy with just a few simple substitutions!
Almond-Cashew Butter Fudge: Great for dinner parties (everyone loves something sweet at the end of the meal) or as an after-school snack for the kids. It’s not too sweet and has a touch of saltiness.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites: These are gluten-free and grain free! And if you use vegan chocolate chips, they are dairy free too! You may be turned off by the main ingredient – but don’t be! These really do taste like little chocolate chip cookies.
Dairy-Free GF Cupcakes: Replace the 2 cups of sugar with a little less than 1/3 cup of raw honey. Oven temperature should be 325 (instead of 350). Use store-bought GF/DF frosting or make your favorite homemade version (in this, substitute your favorite dairy-free milk).
Enjoy this dairy-free milkshake as an alternative to your fast-food go-to shake. It’s a great treat for the kids too. Play around with the ingredients too – add cocoa when you feel like a chocolate treat!
1 13.5 oz can light coconut milk
3 tbsp almond butter
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 pitted and finely chopped dates
Handful of ice
Optional: 1/4 c of your favorite berries for a fruiter shake
Combine all ingredients in a blender and enjoy! Serves 2.