A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

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If you are going gluten free this year (or every year, for some people with no options), Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a complicated affair.  Some of the most basic holiday foods, like the turkey, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes normally have no gluten in them already- so huzzah!  Several steps down, several more to go.

What to do about the foods you love that DO normally have gluten in them?  Well, turns out it might not be as bad as you think.

ready to use gluten free stuffing

image via Glutino.com

Start with the stuffing

You can make your own with gluten free bread that you let get stale, or you can make it from a mix if you are pressed for time.  You can also go non-traditional if you feel like getting wild and crazy, with cornbread or even wild rice stuffing.  For me, personally, I’d go cornbread, but I am a sucker for that stuff every. Single. Time.

If you don’t have time to make your own (or you just don’t feel like it- hey, no shame) Aleia’s, Glutino, and Williams Sonoma all make gluten free, ready to make stuffings.  There are more, but hey- you know where you shop. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are usually pretty good for gluten free options as well.

easy pumpkin pie

image via bettycrocker.com

Save room for dessert

You know you will want a pumpkin pie to round out dessert time- and it’s OK, you don’t need to forgo it.  You are going to need to use canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix, should you not want to use real pumpkin.

I found two amazing recipes that we tried out- I will say I favor the “Impossibly Easy Pumpkin Pie” from Betty Crocker- you can’t go wrong, it’s really fast and easy to make, and it’s delicious.  You can also check out AboutFood.com ‘s option- it takes a little more time, but had a more complex flavor.

Dine on, my friends.


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