Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

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This Thanksgiving marks my one year anniversary of going gluten-free. Last Turkey Day I filled my plate with whole wheat honey rolls, glutinous salad dressing, homemade cookies and of course pumpkin pie complete with a crisp flour crust.

If I was going to say goodbye to gluten; I had to do it in style.

This Thanksgiving I'd politely refuse that same plate of food knowing that misery would be mere minutes away since my sensitivity to gluten has increased over the last 12 months.

If you're new to going gluten-free, or are preparing Thanksgiving Dinner for a gluten-free guest, check out my 5 tips for making your holiday meal delicious and safe for people with Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivities.

5 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

1. Prepare gravies and cream sauces with potato flour. Since most creamed vegetables or thickened graves are poured over mashed potatoes anyway, the distinct potato flavor of the flour mixes well with the meal.

2. Try pie alternatives. Everyone wants a pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving, but you don't have to have pie. Instead, make a pumpkin cheesecake with a crust made of crumbled gluten-free cookies. Use the same directions as you would for a graham cracker pie crust (minus the graham crackers--which are not gluten-free). Or, try my recipe for Gluten-free pumpkin muffins. They are so moist and fluffy, you won't believe they are gluten-free.

3. Serve lots of simple, whole foods side dishes.
Skip the dressings, sauces and blends of spices. These contain hidden thickeners that may contain wheat, barley or rye. Instead of green bean casserole, opt for a healthy bowl of steamed green beans topped with toasted almond slivers. Or, try grilled corn on the cob served with a pat of butter and fresh ground black pepper.

4. Make a rice dressing. Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it's usually made with bread cubes. Why not try a new recipe this year and opt for a rice dressing seasoned with dried cranberries, nuts and cinnamon.

5. Ask questions. Your gluten-free dinner guest is truly the expert. Instead of guessing, make a quick phone call while planning the dinner menu. For every glutinous food, there's a replacement or close equivalent.  Let your dinner guest offer meal suggestions and tips.

Do you have some tips and tricks for preparing a gluten-free holiday dinner? Have a question I can help with? Please share in the comments below.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living