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#647044 1St Gluten Free Holiday Coming Up - Need Pep Rally!

Posted by on 17 October 2010 - 06:34 PM

I read in another thread that someone made gluten-free cornbread and then cut into bite-sized cubes and baked, then made traditional cornbread stuffing.

I think you could also use a packaged gluten-free bread and make your own breadcrumbs/cubes.

Check locally, too. There's a gluten-free bakery near me that is offering gluten-free breadcrumbs for sale during the holidays.
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#646977 1St Gluten Free Holiday Coming Up - Need Pep Rally!

Posted by on 17 October 2010 - 01:44 PM

So glad to be reading this thread! Thanksgiving and Christmas have been in the forefront of my mind lately since they're already drama-filled. Our new gluten-free adventures will just add excitement to the festivities! :)

I have seriously considered just bowing out of our families' celebrations for Thanksgiving this year. I've been craving a nice quiet holiday for years and I always cave and spend the weekend in a flurry of activity, which translates into messed up routines and crazy behavior for the kids. Throw in CC and I don't even want to imagine it. Everyone we celebrate the holidays with lives within 15 minutes of us, and we see them regularly so it's not like we're missing the once-a-year visit from Great Aunt Hilda who travels 15,000 miles to see her one-and-only nephew at great personal expense and threat to life and limb. lol

Does anyone know if there is a Gluten-free option for ordering a Thanksgiving dinner (like from Whole Foods or the like?)

Christmas will be a bit more complicated, as there's the whole "holiday spirit" thing going on. ;) What really scares me is that besides my own two monkeys, there are 15 children ages 1-12 in attendance at every family occasion, none of whom have ever heard the word gluten. Can you say cross-contamination, kids? I knew you could!

What I did at the one family gathering I attended (and didn't host) since we went gluten-free, was to bring all of our food in a cooler, and I got it out and served it right at dinner time along with everyone else. I tried to bring foods similar to what was already being served, but I still got a chorus of "why don't WE get THAT??" from some of the cousins when they saw my kids' plates.
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#638646 IL's Are Really Trying!

Posted by on 10 September 2010 - 06:56 PM

Today is my baby boy's birthday - he's THREE today!

We had dinner at the IL's to celebrate. Originally the plan was to have them over for dinner, but it's been a really bad week for us and we all decided to switch to eating over there. I made gluten-free cupcakes to bring, and there was absolutely no grief about it.

In fact, they actually researched gluten-free recipes and cooked a gluten-free casserole for us! MIL and I had a little chat about gluten-free food - she commented that gluten-free recipes seem to be heavy on the fat and sugar. I replied that some of the gluten-copy type stuff can be, but we usually try to just combine whole healthy foods to eat gluten-free at home. Like the other night I made Shepherd's Pie... she said "I love Shepherd's Pie!" and I could kinda see the light bulb lol.

It was a really nice, snark-free, worry-free evening. :)
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#637827 What's Your Favorite gluten-free "mainstream" Meal?

Posted by on 07 September 2010 - 09:33 PM

How could I forget stir-fry! One of our favorite quick meals. Dice up a bit of chicken, throw in some frozen veggies and gluten-free soy sauce and a few spices and YUM. :)
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#637825 What's Your Favorite gluten-free "mainstream" Meal?

Posted by on 07 September 2010 - 09:11 PM

I'd love some more ideas for gluten-free meals that aren't designed to be gluten-free. Like tonight we had Shepherd's Pie (aka hamburger pie) - casserole layered with seasoned ground beef, tomato sauce, a veggie (I used diced zucchini), mashed potatoes and cheese.

Other meals we like include:

- Hamburger patties with fries and a veggie (usually corn or peas). We just skip the buns.
- Bacon & eggs + fruit
- Taco stew (see the recipe on the Whole Foods site) - similar to chili, and we serve it with tortilla chips.
- Quesadillas - we make them with everything under the sun inside, we just use corn tortillas instead of flour. (My friend who is from Mexico said "Of course you use corn, why would you make them with flour tortillas??" lol)
- Sausages (made fresh at our local grocery store) with sauteed onions and red potatoes plus broccoli. My mom, who shuns all things gluten-free, LOVES this meal and was shocked it was gluten-free.

My kids also love pancakes, and we've had really good luck doctoring up the Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free mix. We add flax meal, fruit, zucchini, nuts, berries, you name it. Plus the toppings - stewed apples & pecans, berry compote, cinnamon sugar. We have turned pancakes into an art form in our house! Seriously - last time DH made them, I decided we have Cracker Barrel beat by a long shot. lol

Share your favorite meal!
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#630441 "But You Can Eat Whole Wheat, Right?"

Posted by on 09 August 2010 - 12:38 PM

I went to IHOP with a friend who is supposed to be on a gluten-free/cf diet for her daughter, who has mild Autism and is still nursing. On the way there we were talking about the evils of wheat and I showed her the DH breakout I was having on my arm on the way to our table. The waitress saw it and said OMG what's wrong? I told her it was an allergic reaction to wheat. "Well I guess you shouldn't eat the whole wheat pancakes!"

Then the kicker! My friend asks the waitress, "Do the regular pancakes have ww flour in them or just white flour?" I jokingly reminded her that white flour has wheat in it too, and she said "Oh really? OMG I didn't even think about that." She then ordered and ate pancakes.

We also had a brief discussion about hidden wheat (IHOP uses pancake mix in their scrambled eggs to make them fluffy) and cross contamination, which she'd never heard of.

To her credit, her daughter is doing much better on the diet even with the apparent occasional wheat exposure. :)
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