Monday, November 25, 2013

Great Recipes for Gluten-Free Holidays

Here are some websites with recipes to help fill your holidays with homemade food from the heart.

Slice of pumpkin pie
Resources abound online for gluten-free recipes to substitute for some of your holiday favorites.

Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie and the smell of bread baking in the oven? As the holidays approach, having a gluten-free diet can be quite challenging when sharing meals with others. It’s great when your family and friends understand what it means to be gluten-free and are willing to adapt their menu items.

But it's also nice for them to not have to worry about all the hidden sources of gluten. Bring your favorite gluten-free item so you know you will have an option at holiday meals. Here are some websites with recipes to help fill your holidays with homemade food from the heart:

Nourishing Meals

nourishingmeals.com

This blog is created by two Bastyr nutrition graduates who have published two gluten-free cookbooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. The recipes are straightforward and very kid-friendly. Some of my favorite holiday recipes include gluten-free gravy, spiced pumpkin soup, beet pear and almond salad, pumpkin-quinoa cornbread and pumpkin spice cake.

Gluten-Free Goddess

glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com

This blog is written by a woman with celiac disease who shares recipes that are unique and wonderfully tasty. She also has a thorough and enlightening gluten-free diet cheat sheet. Recipes include pumpkin pie with praline and coconut-pecan crust, butternut pecan scones and sweet potato cornbread. This site has an entire selection of menu items for the holidays.

Gluten-Free Girl

glutenfreegirl.com

This blog is from a local woman with celiac disease. She has created delicious recipes, including some specific and traditional holiday menu items such as pumpkin pie, gravy, stuffing, butternut squash soup and cornbread.

Free and Whole Living

freeandwholeliving.com

This blog is written by a chef educated at the New England Culinary Institute who recently discovered she is gluten intolerant. Her recipes are dairy- and egg-free and she posts pictures through the cooking process. Her recipes are fantastically detailed, drawing from her culinary back ground while maintaining great taste and presentation.

— By Melinda Bower, ND, naturopathic doctor and resident at Bastyr Center for Natural Health.

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