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There's a potluck style family gathering coming up. I never know what to bring even without dietary restrictions. The hosts are grilling burgers and hot dogs. I know of one person bringing potato salad. Anyone have suggestions/recipes of something suitable to contribute? The other people with dietary restrictions include diabetes and an allergy to alcohol. There will also be lots of children.

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For yourself, the meat and vegetables wrapped securely in a tin- foil packet to be put on the grill, something to drink, and some sort of gluten free bread if you're into buns. If you don't have gluten-free buns readily available, you can make a gluten-free microwave bun-in-a-cup for yourself.

You could do coleslaw. Take bag of cabbage shreds and add a gluten free dressing. (what gluten free dressing, she asks. take some gluten-free mayo, apple cider vinegar, salt, sweetener.)

How about a watermelon.

Corn chips. Salsa. Bean dip (take can of beans, drain, mash add olive oil and spices, cook til warm.) or baked beans with molasses, same deal, only don't mash the beans.

pan of corn bread if you can find gluten free cornmeal, this is good with some amaranth and sorghum. Actually, amaranth, sorghum, and almond with molasses tastes suspiciously like cornbread. ;)

Quinoa tabouleh salad with olive oil, lemon, and mint.

hummus with chickpeas dip.

deviled eggs.

Also, you could bring a bag of gluten free marshmallows for the kids, and some chocolate bars, if you really wanted to splurge, then also some sort of gluten free graham cracker type thing.

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I often bring a fruit salad or a big tray of fresh veggies with gluten-free dip. Your diabetic family member might really appreciate fresh vegetables to eat since they're such a staple for folks with diabetes.

Another thing I sometimes take is either cupcakes or brownies made with the Betty Crocker gluten-free mix so I don't feel left out at dessert. That might not be as good if you are concerned about bringing food your diabetic relative can eat.

A watermelon always goes over great with kids.

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I'm bringing quinoa salad (quinoa, black beans, tomato, green onion, basil) and brownie (BC cookie mix on bottom of pan, BC brownie mix as top layer).

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Definitely bring your own meat in foil.

I just brought a black bean salad and it was a big hit.

1 can black beans rinsed well,1 box frozen corn do not cook just run under warm water for a minute. Add about a 1/4 finely diced onion, green pepper and red pepper( add more or less to taste). Toss in lightly a 1/8 c of Wishbone Italian dressing (it's gluten-free). This is a refreshing side dish, really easy to make and healthy. Can easily be doubled for more.

Also,

You can do a veggie tray with gluten-free dressings , chips and Salsa's , fruit platter with yogurt dip , or a pickle and/or olive tray.

My sisters makes BBQ butter beans which is 2 cans butter beans, 1 cup bbq sauce (Bullseye is gluten-free) ,1 cup karo syrup (dark) and 1/2 cup brown sugar and 4-6 slices diced bacon, simmer for 1-2 hours. the longer it sits the better it is. Corn on the cob .

Swedish meatballs can sit in a crock pot all day also.

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Fruit dip....

1 8oz container strawberry cream cheese, 1 container marshmallow fluff, and 1/2 container of KoolWhip stirred together --- LOTS of stirring to combine fluff in evenly....

Chill it and serve with fruit...really great with banana pineapple grapes & apple slices (not too great for the diabetic though...LOL)

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Fruit salad. If you have watermelons available in your area, check this link for cool patterns for carving watermelons. They're pretty easy, fun, and everyone loves them.

http://www.watermelo...ertainment.aspx

How totally clever! My mouth is watering. :lol:

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