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Tuesday, 11/05/13 - Gluten Free For The Holidays Doesn’t Have to Be A Drag!

Howdy gang! 

The holidays are fast approaching and I love to eat good tasting healthy food don’t you?  Why of course you do! It wouldn’t be the holidays without all your family favs right?! 

This is my favorite time of the year especially since I Love to cook!   And cooking for other people gives me even more of a kick!  Whether it's for my family, friends, making Meals That Heal with the girlies at our church or pot luck!   You may have just discovered that you or a loved one must heed to a gluten free diet... don’t fret!  Help is on the way! 

Gluten free doesn’t have to be Tofu or taste like card board.   Perhaps you’ve been eating gluten free for years, looking forward to making all your family’s favorites  for the holidays, and interested in adding a new dish or two.  

Well here you are!  Be sure to check out my holiday recipe section at –  http://glutenfreelady.com/glutenfreeholidaymenu.php    You may want to print out the kick butt sausage and sage corn bread dressing recipe and don’t forget to try my famous Pecan Bars!  They’re so easy and I bet your family will go wild for these and request them every holiday!   I’ve got people at our church hinting about them at our next pot luck! 

Our sons are grown now.  One is off to college and the other one is in the Air Force now but my whole family eats gluten free when they are home. Not boasting or anything but the plates are always cleared and they’re going for seconds!   Unless it's brocolii!  My older son doesn't like it but I've got a really great new recipe for a raw broc salad that I think you and your family are gonna love! 

I realized through experience that making a big change like this in our diet is hard and it’s quite a challenge at first to go gluten free when we have health issues and our body demands it, so it’s got to become a way of life to save our life.  The best thing I ever did was learn to cook gluten free! 

Ok so the first thing I did when changing over to a GFree diet was switch over to Gluten Free flour’s I use for all my sauces, gravies, rues, etc,.   I’ve used Bob Red Mills All Purpose Gluten Free flour for about five years and just recently discovered a new blend from Simply Gluten-Free.   I like the texture of the dough when using this flour so plan to use it for baked goods!  I used it recently for my Pecan Bars and everyone loved them!  The dough was easier to handle, there wasn’t the usual aroma when the flour was wet and the crust was flaky and tasted great!   Unless you tell them, your family and friends will never know it’s gluten free!    I’m looking forward to finally making some pies this year!  It’s been way too long for this gal!   I may even tackle my mom’s famous Apple Dumplings!   Of course after about 64 years of baking she never uses a recipe! 

I’ve also switched over to using Coconut Palm Sugar.  I use the same amount as regular sugar. It has a lower glycemic index and it taste great!   Sometimes if it’s to gritty I just pulse some up in my Nutri Bullet.

The bottled Gluten Free salad dressings are a bit expensive and I’m not that fond of the taste so I make all my salad dressings using either Hellmann’s Mayo (if you love ranch or Caesar like me). I use Balsamic with Dijon and Honey a lot too.  And my new favorite is avocado dressing! 

Use One Avocado, ¼ cup sour cream or Hellmann’s mayo, ¼ cup olive oil, squeeze of lime juice, kosher salt, garlic pepper.  Pulse in the Nutri Bullet or your blender.  Add water if needed to thin out!  Yummy on a chicken cobb salad! 

Hey while you're here you might as well check out the FIRST GLUTEN SUMMIT by TheDr.com - the sessions will be Broadcast Online 24 hours a day November 11-17.  It’s Free to register visit :  Gluten Summit Registration   After you register you will receive a speaker line up! 

Ok now I’m hungry! 

Enjoy the Holidays and the Journey!

Gluten Free Lady… XO!

 

 




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