If you have to eat gluten-free, you know the Holidays can be so incredibly difficult. Between the fantastically flaky bread rolls, to crumbly pie crust, to fluffy stuffing, gluten is everywhere you turn! And that doesn’t even include the plates full of cookies that come to every gathering all season long! It’s hard, so hard, to stay gluten-free during the holidays, but it can be done!
I have to stay wheat-free or else I pay the unfortunate digestive consequences. I’ve gotten pretty good at coming up with great alternative to all of the gluten-full goodies that are served at the Holidays. It CAN be done and it can taste great too. For once you won’t feel like you’re completely missing out, and the others at the table might not even notice that your creations are missing gluten!
Whether you are cooking up some gluten-free options for yourself this year, or you are hosting a holiday dinner this year and want to include some great gluten-free selections for your guests, here is a survival guide to turn to when you need ideas!
Swap Out Traditional Flours
Gluten is typically in flours, so if a recipe calls for all-purpose flour, simply swap it out for a gluten-free flour. It helps to add 1/2 tsp of Xantham Gum per 1 cup of gluten-free flour to help thicken dough as normal flour would do.
Utilize Cornstarch or Arrowroot as a Thickener
Use Gluten-Free Breads
It’s pretty easy these days to find pre-made gluten free breads or rolls. Swap out the gluten-filled rolls for gluten-free ones. Or if you need bread crumbs or cubes for your homemade stuffing, simply chop up some pre-made gluten-free bread and you’ll never notice a difference!
Enjoy Naturally Gluten-Free Foods
The Holidays are naturally full of many naturally gluten-free foods like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, turkey, ham, sauteed green beans, roasted squash, salads, cranberry salads and more. Enjoy these freely without the worry of sneaky gluten!
It’s actually very simple to make one traditional pie for dessert, but also make a second pie with a gluten-free crust. As long as there are no flours in the filling, find a ton of easy gluten-free crusts here or simply pick up one in the freezer or refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Find Recipes on Pinterest
Pinterest is FULL of gluten-free recipe for whatever you could possibly want to make. From rolls to cookies, there is a recipe for it! Start there for sure! Here are some of my favorites:
- Cranberry Apple Sweet Potato Crisp (my all-time favorite sweet potato side dish!)
- Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls from mygluten-freekitchen.com
- Hawaiian Rolls from glutenfreeonashoestring.com
- Green Bean Casserole from hummusapien.com
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie from lovefromtheoven.com
- Gluten Free Dutch Apple Pie from glutenfreeonashoestring.com
- The Very Best Gluten Free Christmas Cookies from glutenfreeonashoestring.com
Do you have more ideas for making your gluten-free holiday a little bit easier? Share with us in the comments below!
Photo credit: Satya Murthy
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