How To Avoid Gluten on Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free

Avoiding gluten is difficult on Thanksgiving.

I will take a typical Thanksgiving meal, the one I will be eating at my mother’s house, and tell you where the gluten is.

1) The muffins and bread!

2) The stuffing, which is made out of bread!

3) The turkey parts that touch the stuffing.

4) The gravy is thickened with flour.

5) Toppings on veggies or other things might have some bread crumbs or flour.

6) Desserts like pie, cake, and cookies are made with flour.

7) Beer and grain alcohols are made from wheat, barley, and rye.

What can you do to avoid gluten and eat gluten-free on Thanksgiving?

1) Don’t eat the bread.

2) Eat the top part of the turkey, furthest from the stuffing, and get it before it hits the stuffing or juice.

3) Don’t eat the gravy. I use cranberries as my sauce and that is delicious.

4) Eat vegetables that are not mixed with any other ingredients, other than butter & spices.

5) Bring your own gluten-free wheat-free desserts like brownies and apple crumble that you make at home before you go.

6) Bring gluten-free appetizers for everyone, like rice crackers, cheese, and olives.

7) I also bring my own alcohol such as hard cider (made from apples), tequila (made from agave), and potato vodka (you can find at Trader Joe’s: 1782 Monopolowa, smooth taste and only $9.99).

 

In bringing food and drinks, you are a more polite guest and offering up more eats for the family.

You don’t even have to say why you brought it or that it is gluten-free.

I like bringing foods and drinks to events and only informing people that something is gluten-free after they have commented on how delicious it is. People have this idea that anything healthy or gluten-free must taste disgusting, but times have changed and we’ve figured out to make yummy gluten-free foods. It’s better to let people make an unbiased opinion.

Thanksgiving is always a gluten health risk kind of day; I allow this as one of the days that I will probably get sick, but the pain is worth the time I get to be with my family. Just do your best to avoid gluten and enjoy your family.

Let the fart competitions begin!

Gluten-Free Blueberry Chocolate-Chip Banana Pancakes

November 4, 2011 by  
Filed under Gluten Free Breakfast

This sorta healthy, sorta sinful, breakfast is a regular staple at my house. After years of trial and error, this is the recipe I came up with for my Gluten-Free Blueberry Chocolate-Chip Banana Pancakes. I always alter it a bit here and there, depending on what supplies I have.

Mix well 2 eggs with 1 cup of plain yogurt (Fage tastes the best!).

Add a few drops of Vanilla and/or Orange extract, if you have it, and a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin spice. Stir them in.

Add 1/2 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix, this is the magick ingredient.

Add 1/4 cup of Brown Rice Flour.

Add 1/4 cup of Tapioca Flour.

Add a pinch of baking soda.

Mix well all the flour and liquid ingredients. Pre-heat a non-stick pan at medium low.

Add to the mix 1 banana, either small slices/chunks if ripe, or mashed if banana is brown and aged.

Toss in a 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of washed blueberries.

Gently mix in the banana, chocolate-chips, and blueberries.

* If your batter is too thick, add a little milk at your discretion. *

You may add butter to the pan or not. The pancakes are smoother without the butter, but butter tastes better.

For another treat, as if they are not loaded enough already, you can add some coconut shavings to the wet side of the pancakes while cooking. (The coconut didn’t taste all that great when I mixed it into the wet mix.)

When the edges have cooked a bit and the top doesn’t look so fluid, flip the pancakes; they should be a light golden brown.

These pancakes taste pretty great all on their own without any sugar added, but I add 1 or 2 spoons on top of organic maple syrup. Yum!

In this breakfast, you get your serving of fruit, dairy, protein, and grain. Even though it tastes amazing, it is pretty healthy, giving you the energy you need to start your day.

For pancakes that take less thought and preparation, but are also not as nutritious, Bisquick offers a very tasty Gluten-Free Pancake Mix.