Whenever I mention these food issues I always get a look like I’ve lost a puppy or something. To be perfectly honest I actually LIKE my intolerance's. It forces me to pay attention to what I eat and only put good food into my body (most of the time). Wheat and dairy actually aren’t that good for you to begin with - but yes I know they taste oh so good.
So what about the holidays? Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and yams? Do I sit in the corner and chew on a celery stick watching everyone stuff their faces with delicious food? Absolutely not! I am here to tell you that it is entirely possible to have a completely gluten/dairy free Thanksgiving or Christmas Dinner and not loose out on anything! I’ve done it many times - and my guests have all been pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food.
So if you have allergies, intolerance's, want to try and cut down on your wheat and dairy intake, or just have guests who have food issues, here is how to make yourself a G-Free D-Free Holiday Dinner!
(I couldn't help myself and ate a piece of the turkey before I took the photo. It is very important to taste your food before serving it!)
Stuffing: This is the one that makes people scratch their heads. “How can you make gluten free stuffing?” they ask. Easy. Use gluten-free bread! It’s really that simple. Also be sure that your chicken stock is G-free (organic, low sodium is best). You can find my favorite stuffing recipe HERE
I have a killer Yam recipe that is guaranteed to be the first dish to be eaten, but if you want that you’re gonna have to email me for it :)
Gravy: This is a big one. The main ingredient in most packaged gravy as well as gravy recipes is flour. Why you ask? Flour is a binding agent as well as a thicker. Have no fear though! There are two ways to make amazing gravy that is G-Free/D-Free! First, get the packaged kind. Roads End Organics makes an amazing gravy that you can heat up in minutes. You can keep it as is for vegan/vegitarians, or you can add turkey drippings. I recomend the ladder - it tastes amazing! If you have the time and want to make it from scratch, take your favorite gravy recipe and just replace the wheat flour with rice flour. Easy as that!
Carrots: Cut your carrots into thin disks, then instead of boiling your carrots in water use Orange Juice instead! Then as they are boiling, add honey (or agave). Taste as you go to see how sweet you want them. Seriously so yummy :)
So there you have it. It’s possible to make a holiday meal that everyone can eat and that everyone will enjoy - no matter what their food intolerance's are.
So here is me, wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!