Anyone with celiac disease or food allergies knows how stressful the holidays can be. If you are a newly diagnosed celiac it is hard to imagine having a safe Thanksgiving. Thankfully I was very fortunate this year my entire family has let me take the reins for this years feast. It will be completely gluten free and dairy free. I wanted to share with everyone before the meal the recipes I am using and where I am picking up some of my pre-made items. This may help some of you who are in the same situation and need some alternative recipes. I'll be posting how it all turned out with pictures after the big dinner!
Turkey: Honey Baked Ham
Pulled Pork: Slow Hand BBQ
Rolls, Pies, and Cookies: Imagine it Bakery
Mashed Potatoes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
Prep Time: 30 minutes
4-5 medium RUSSET POTATOES
1/3 cup potato cooking WATER
2 tablespoons melted EARTH BALANCE SOY FREE BUTTERY SPREAD or olive oil
1 tablespoon NUTRITIONAL YEAST (such as Bragg's—adds cheesy flavor)
2 teaspoons GRANULATED ONION
1 teaspoon CHICKEN BOUILLON
1/4 teaspoon SEA SALT
1/4 teaspoon BLACK PEPPER
1. Peel and slice potatoes into 1/2" rounds. Add potatoes to a large stainless steel pot, cover with water, bring to boil and simmer until are tender.
2. In a small bowl whisk together remaining ingredients and set aside.
3. When potatoes are tender, strain and return to pot. Pour "buttery" mixture over potatoes and whip using a hand-held or stand mixer until smooth. You may want to add a bit more water to achieve desired consistency.
Wild Rice and Cranberry Stuffing with Walnuts (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Soy Free)
Serves 14 to 16
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
7 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups uncooked wild rice or wild rice mix
2 cups uncooked basmati rice
2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
Pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add broth and salt and bring to a boil. Stir in wild rice, cover, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 45 minutes.
Stir in basmati rice, cover and simmer until rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes longer. Stir in cranberries, parsley, thyme, and walnuts, cover and cook for 5 minutes more. Season with pepper and additional salt to taste.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Transfer rice mixture to dish and bake until light golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.
GREEN BEANS WITH BACON AND SHALLOTS (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
2 pounds of frozen green beans
8 slices bacon
3 T Earth Balance soy free Buttery stick
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
Cook bacon until crisp, chop in small pieces, set aside. Add 3 T. Earth Balance to a skillet, melt, add shallots. Cook until tender. Put two pounds of frozen green beans in a saucepan with l l/2 cups water, shallots and salt and pepper to taste. Cook until tender, add bacon and serve.
ORANGE MANDARIN GELATIN (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
1 6oz. package of Orange Flavor Gelatin
1 15 oz. can Mandarin Oranges (drained)
2 cups miniature marshmellows
Prepare gelatin according to directions on package. Add drained mandarin oranges and marshmellows.
MASHED SWEET POTATOES WITH MARSHMELLOWS (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Nut Free)
8 sweet potatoes, not yams
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup Earth Balance soy free Buttery stick
1/4 to 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 to 3 cups miniature marshmellows
Scrub potatoes, cut in pieces and cook, unpeeled, in a pot of salted water Cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, cool, peel and mash. Mix mashed potatoes with orange juice, butter and brown sugar until smooth. Spread in 9 X 13 baking dish. Place in a 350 degree oven about 30 minutes. Cover with marshmallows and place dish under preheated broiler until marshmallows turn brown.
How will you be celebrating your allergy friendly Thanksgiving this year? Comment and Share!