Tired of the heavy sides and mundane main dishes at your Thanksgiving table? Well, I’ve got some fun, fresh n’ healthy tips to keep your dining experience as pleasureful and worry-free as possible…
What scares you most about enjoying Thanksgiving gluten-free? Is it the contamination? The stuffing? The lack of taste?
We’ve all got our ‘scaredy pants’ on during the holidays…worries there may be a trace of gluten or soy or dairy in a beverage, dessert, main dish, side or condiment…
No matter what worries you the most, be sure to always check the ingredients on the labels and stick to ‘fresh, clean’ foods made from Mother Earth…
Here are a few tips n’ swaps for you to test out on your Turkey table…
Steer Clear of Canned Gravy
Instead use the drippings from your freshly roasted turkey. I don’t like to take a chance on ‘processed’ foods, when you can simply get creative and combine your fresh drippings with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of oregano and black pepper.
Swap Out the Pumpkin Pie Filling
Who doesn’t love pure, organic canned pumpkin? I know I sure do…use pure pumpkin instead of the pie filling to nix the added sugars.. the real stuff is best when you use it with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice. You won’t be sacrificing the flavor and you’ll reap the healthy vitamins from the pure pumpkin, too!
Jarred Cranberry Sauce
Create your very own chutney using fresh cranberries, apples, pears, stevia and ginger. The taste will surely beat that of anything inside a jar…so, go ahead turn on that stove top and whip up your very own cranberry sauce or chutney to serve atop your turkey and roasted veggies. You can even use this chutney to top your desserts, as well.
Heavy Whipped Topping
Instead, try whipping a mixture of Greek yogurt with gluten-free vanilla extract, stevia on medium-high speed with a mixer until stiff peeks form. This will create a beautiful whipped topping without the additives or preservatives in bottles whipped toppings and processed heavy creams.
Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Break out the creativity at your farmer’s market or produce stand. Try mashed beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips…I could go on forever…these natural root veggies add the perfect touch of sweetness without the starchy additives, sugars and preservatives. Serve these mashed veggies with the above chutney and whipped topping for a special decadent treat.
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Also, I’m offering all of you Free Shipping for any order in my Shop over $50 with code: FREESHIP50Here are a few Gluten-Free dishes you can easily serve up for your Turkey Table…Chilled Cranberry Macadamia CrunchIngredients
1 cup fresh cranberries
3 large pears, cored and chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
12 dates, chopped
3 large Honey crisp apples, cored and chopped
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. stevia
1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp. freshly graded lime zest
Pinch of all-spice
Pinch of chili powder
Topping: Greek plain yogurt
Topping: Ground flax seeds
DirectionsGluten-Free Golden Stuffin’ MuffinsIngredients
1 ripe avocado, very finely mashed
2 large sweet potatoes, diced
2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
12 pieces gluten-free bread, roughly chopped into 1/2 inch cube-like pieces
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup baby portabello mushrooms, chopped
1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
1 large egg
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Sea salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste