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Living Gluten-Free can be difficult, particularly during the holiday season. Attending parties, dinners and family gatherings where you may not be in control of what you are eating can be a challenge and cause a lot of stress.
So it’s a good idea to have a game plan of what you can enjoy. Whether you are preparing the meal yourself or taking a dish or two to share, here are some great tips from Kim Bassett. Kim is a former nurse with 25 years experience. Currently, she is the CEO of Norwood Hospital in Norwood, MA.
Kim offers some great recipes for traditional holiday fare that is gluten-free. And for those of you who are less familiar with the gluten-free diet, she offers up some great information for your as well.
Let’s turn it over to Kim…
Living Gluten-Free and Happy Through the Holidays, a guest post by Kim Bassett
There’s a lot of hubbub about gluten these days. The most frequent questions I hear are, “What is gluten?” and “Why is it put into food in the first place?”
Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale, which is a cross between wheat and rye. It’s put into foods to help them keep shape, almost acting as a glue holding food together.
Who has problems with gluten?
- Crohn’s Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Non-Celiac Gluten sensitivity
- Gluten Intolerance.
Researchers estimate that 6 to 7 percent of the population will fall into one of these categories, which amounts to about 20 million people in the United States alone.
Knowing that, how in the world can you enjoy eating throughout the holidays if you happen to be one of those lucky 20 million people?
So what can you eat during the holidays if you can’t have gluten?
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Here is a handy list of popular holiday foods that don’t typically contain gluten.
- Plain turkey. Skip the gravy and traditional stuffing. Bonus: Turkey contains a lot of yummy protein too.
- Plain ham. Meats are often gluten-free.
- Mashed and sweet potatoes. Skip the butter and be sure to check with the chef to be sure no flour was added to the potatoes.
- Vegetables and fruit are often healthy gluten-free options. If the veggie is covered in a cream based sauce, skip it, as most cream sauces have flour.
- For dessert, choose a gluten-free cookie or brownie mix abailable now at most grocery stores.
Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes
Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy
There’s a great recipe for turkey gravy at Gluten Free Cooking.
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Classic Bread Stuffing
Rhubard Pie with Gluten-Free Crust
Gluten-Free Girl has a terrific recipe for Rhubarb Pie.
Pull Apart Dinner Rolls
You can find a great recipe for some delicious, pull apart dinner rolls at My Gluten-Free Kitchen.
And my personal favorite…
Pineapple Fluff Pie
Makes two pies.
- 1 can crushed pineapple, well-drained
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 9 ounces Cool Whip
- 2 ready-made gluten-free graham cracker pie crusts
Mix all ingredients together and pour into pie crusts (split mixture).
Refrigerate overnight or until firm (4-6 hours).
Top with Cool Whip before serving.