Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Gluten Free Thanksgiving for All

I have always loved Thanksgiving. I love switching out dishes, trying new things. Thanksgiving is usually just as all family lives somewhere else and our girls are usually in 'The Nutcracker'.

This year, I am facing the issue of gluten. Gluten is in so many of my Thanksgiving favorites---the stuffing, the rolls, the gravy, the desserts. But the good news is many of the big dishes can get away with none--thankfully turkey is not usually wrapped in bread!

I have been scouring the internet looking for just the right recipe. I have decided to forgo the traditional 'pie' dessert and switch to creme brulee--simple, easy delicious and already gluten free!

I am also doing most of my favorites that I have put on my website, Whatsfordinnermommy.com. But many are still puzzling me. I usually do 'trial runs' of my dishes but to be honest gluten free bread crumbs are so expensive I don't think that will be happening. I did read of one blogger who uses toasted gluten free waffles for the stuffing but I am not sure still. It sounds interesting but I just don't want to chance it. I purchased some gluten free croutons from Whole Foods and noticed they had a stuffing recipe. Because I have had great luck with their recipes, I am going to give it a go :)

Anyway, here is my gluten free Thanksgiving menu.

Starters:

Baked brie with a cranberry chutney (served with gluten free crackers)

Salad:

Spinach salad with dried cranberries and walnuts (no dressing)

Main Meal:

Sauteed brocollini with garlic slices

Dessert:
Creme brulee

8 comments:

Anti-Supermom said...

Lisa, you sound like a fabulous cook - I'm pretty sure it is going to turn out awesome.

Take pictures, please!

CC said...

Although these things sounds great, being gluten-free would be soooooooooo hard for me!

realtor in Vancouver BC said...

Thanks for ideas for some gluten-free recipes. In our family we face with this problem already several years and every idea is very welcomed. Sometimes it's also hard to prepare something that is good and not so much expensive. However, my wife got used to it and nowadays it's little bit easier than before.

Take care,
Jay

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hey, best of luck with everything. It all sounds so yummy!

Susan said...

Sounds good!! I always love Pumpkin pie and Pumpkin Roll on Thanksgiving... maybe you could make some sort of Pumpkin pie w/o the crust!

Anonymous said...

I have heard that some Turkey's have Gluten (due to being shot with MSG).

dani said...

hey, lisa... http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/recipe.php?recipeId=1354 i found this recipe and wondered if you could substitute your croutons for the stuffing cubes... just a thought;)
much love,
dani xxxxxx

Nancy said...

Hey, if you want some other great recipe ideas. I found this woman by the name Rose Cole, she's a certified nutrition coach and she has awesome Holiday Recipes that are gluten free. Her site is www.RoseCole.com/HolidayCookbook. I highly recommend checking it out!