A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
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Let’s start with appetizers. How about an antipasta filled with gluten-free organic cheese and organic sliced lean meats, fresh herbs, olives, roasted red peppers and marinades mushrooms. You can easily serve this with hummus and Greek plain yogurt as well as a flavorful tapenade. Gluten-Free crackers and crudités are great to serve with these appetizers and can be enjoyed guilt-free for all of your gluten-free guests.
Moving on to your main course, go for the turkey but make sure to create your own brine as some pre-made turkeys are made with a gluten-ous glaze. Mashed sweet potatoes? Check. Roasted vegetables? Check. Gluten-Free stuffing and gravy? Check and check. Try making healthy gravy using low-sodium vegetable broth, dried oregano and low-fat milk; heat until mixture thickens. And be sure to keep an eye on added salt. Season your dishes with fresh herbs such as thyme and marjoram along with balsamic vinegar and a small spoonful of Dijon mustard instead of reaching for that salt shaker.
Now it’s time for dessert. Choose dark chocolate as it’s a great nibble for your sweet tooth and can be enjoyed melted over fresh fruit and Greek plain yogurt for a homemade ice cream without added sugar and processed ingredients. Just be sure to reduce the amount of added sugar in your baked goods and enhance the natural sweetness by adding in more all-spice, cinnamon and almond extract. You can also create fresh fruit purees and pumpkin puree to add into brownies, cakes and pies for a healthy gluten-free spin on the classic gluten-ous and calorie-laden desserts. I like to add applesauce, pureed banana and pureed prunes for a tasty and fiber-rich way to add naturally gluten-free flavor to any dessert.
Have a Happy and Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving.
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