Special Diets on on October 16 2017 by Bob's Red Mill
Celiac Friendly Thanksgiving
It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s coupled with all the requisite family and friend gatherings, and laden with food and drink. It’s that time of year where all those home cooked goodies you can’t resist make their grand appearance. Foods that are loaded with delicious carbs, sugar, and that sneaky little ingredient called gluten are trotted out one by one, tempting you to partake. Unfortunately, dealing with celiac disease isn’t fun, and sometimes you may feel it limits your ability to enjoy the holiday and the typical Thanksgiving dining fare. Perhaps you have friends who keep telling you to try different gluten free recipes, but those recipes just continue to stare you down. If you’ve never made gluten free treats before, a stare down is normal. You might even feel a bit daunted, thinking there’s no way gluten free treats can be made and still be called “treats.” We promise you, they can indeed be done, and you can have a celiac-friendly Thanksgiving with all the dishes (and treats) that are just as good (or even better) than those from your Thanksgiving gatherings in the past. So good in fact, your guests probably won’t even realize they are eating gluten free. Unless, of course, you tell them. We won’t if you won’t. All it takes is a little extra effort and creativity to determine where gluten may be hiding in your cherished box of recipes, and then ferret out all the gluten free ingredients that work well as substitutions. You can take baby steps and try a wide variety of ready-made gluten free foods, or you can go all in and do things “Grandma style,” making all your dishes from scratch, using gluten free ingredients. It’s entirely your choice, and thankfully, when it comes to going gluten free, there are many of them. That said, here are a few recipes you can add to your gluten free recipe box and enjoy for many more Thanksgivings to come! Nothing says Thanksgiving like a good pumpkin pie, maybe topped with a healthy dollop of whipped cream for good measure. You might have thought a gluten free, vegan version of your old favorite wasn’t even possible. Fortunately, it’s not only possible; it’s doable with just ten ingredients. This pie recipe features Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour, along with vegan butter, pumpkin puree, and plain almond milk. Mix those things with tasty ingredients like maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut oil, cornstarch, and pumpkin pie spice, and you’ve got the makings of one tasty gluten free pumpkin pie. Don’t really care for the cinnamon and spice pumpkin flavors found in a pie? How about some savory pumpkin and sage cornbread instead? This recipe is low sugar, low carb, low calorie, and lactose-free. It features ingredients like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour, medium grind cornmeal, corn grits (polenta), pumpkin puree, and pumpkin chunks. Add to that list sea salt, sage, vegetable oil, eggs, and baking powder, and you have all the fixings for a crumbly and delicious pumpkin and sage cornbread. Side Note: This recipe can double as an excellent gluten free cornbread stuffing too! Nothing says festive holiday like a toppling plate of snickerdoodles! And when those little mouthwatering cookies also happen to be gluten free, there’s nothing standing between you and utter Thanksgiving bliss. This recipe features Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour as the premier ingredient, along with sugar, unsalted butter, eggs, baking soda, cream of tartar, and of course, cinnamon. Really, who can go wrong with cinnamon and sugar? Who doesn’t love drizzling savory, homemade turkey gravy over a side of mashed potatoes loaded with butter? Unfortunately, most gravy is made using flour, which contains gluten. This is where you can substitute Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour in your favorite turkey gravy recipe, and we bet your guests will never even notice the difference. You could also try your favorite gravy recipe using sweet white rice flour instead. Either way, satisfy your craving for gravy minus the gluten, and your body will thank you for it. So will your gluten-sensitive guests! As you can see, preparing a celiac-friendly Thanksgiving get-together doesn’t have to be stressful. With careful label reading and some high-quality gluten free substitutions, you can make just about any favorite Thanksgiving recipe celiac friendly.