Living with celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity can be very tricky, especially on days like Thanksgiving when certain dishes are to be expected when you sit down for dinner with your family and friends. But eliminating gluten from traditional Turkey Day recipes isn't as hard as you may think.
If you or someone coming to your dinner is unable to properly digest gluten -- which is found in wheat, barley and rye -- try making these swaps so your Thanksgiving menu is pleasing to everyone's palate and stomach.
1. Use an alternative grain like quinoa or millet to make stuffing or dressing instead of bread. These grains provide fiber to support the heart -- they can also fill you up faster to help you avoid that second plate.
2. Swap out white flour for options like brown rice, chickpea or sorghum flour to make toasty dinner rolls and to thicken hearty gravy.
3. Roast veggies like heirloom carrots, beets and brussels sprouts in the oven and finish with fresh herbs or seeds to make a side dish rich in vitamins and minerals.
4. Add a little heat to your meals with fresh chilies instead of bottled sauces that can contain gluten. Use them to give veggies some zip and they'll also provide the metabolism-boosting benefits of capsaicin.
5. Mix chopped nuts like almonds and walnuts into your stuffing or dressing to bulk it up and make up for the absence of bread. Nuts also offer vitamin E, an antioxidant.
6. Dress a salad with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar instead of going for a pre-packaged dressing. Olive oil is a wonderful source of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
7. Bake up a batch of tasty dinner rolls with buckwheat flour instead of white. You'll need to add guar gum or xanthan gum to replace the gluten.
8. For dessert, you can use any of the aforementioned flours to make favorites like pumpkin pie, or you can go a less traditional route by making your own fruit crumble or baked pudding.
Just because you can't have gluten doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Let us know how you cook with gluten on our social media accounts. Check us out on Facebook