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GFHolidayFavoritesThis week’s theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Favorite Thanksgiving Foods. It’s getting close to Thanksgiving now. If you haven’t started planning your meal or what you’re going to cook, now is the time! This month, we’ve already shared gluten-free Breads, Stuffings & Dressings and Desserts for the Holidays. So what other favorite Thanksgiving foods haven’t we covered?

Gluten-Free Turkey:
Most fresh and frozen turkeys are gluten-free these days, but some are still plumped up with broth and other flavorings that may contain gluten. So make sure you check the labels.

Here’s a list of gluten-free turkeys to look for in the stores.

Our go-to recipe for brining and cooking a turkey is Alton Brown’s method. Just make sure the broth you use is gluten-free.

Gravy:
It’s pretty easy to make gluten-free gravy. You really just need to use cornstarch instead of flour to thicken it. To use cornstarch, it is usually recommended to use 1/2 the amount you would normally use for flour. In addition, you should make a slurry by combining the cornstarch with cold water first, then add it at the end of cooking for thickening. As soon as it’s thickened, you should stop cooking it. If cooked too long, it will break down and become thin again.

If you don’t have a recipe to convert, try one of these gluten-free gravy recipes.

You may be surprised (or maybe not) to find that you can now also purchase Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Mixes. You can even purchase pre-made and packaged Gluten-Free Organic Roasted Turkey Gravy.

Cranberries:
There is no reason for cranberry sauce, salad, or relish to have gluten in them. But, you never know. So, make sure you check recipes and labels. Try one of these recipes:

Vegetables and Casseroles:

I can’t wait to see what everyone else is planning to make this season. Don’t forget to check below our menu for more gluten-free menus, meals, and ideas for gluten-free Thanksgiving foods.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Rainbow Apple Salad

Rainbow Apple Salad

Cilantro Rice

Cilantro Rice

Broccoli Mushroom Quinoa

Quinoa with Broccoli

Monday – Pizza, Rainbow Apple Salad

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos, Avocado Salsa

Wednesday – Beef Stew, Ciabatta Rolls

Thursday – Taquitos, Cilantro Rice, Guacamole

Friday – leftovers

Saturday – Hamburger Stroganoff, Green Beans

Sunday – Tilapia Parmesan, Quinoa with Broccoli

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Check back later to see who will be sharing their gluten-free menus, recipe links, and ideas for gluten-free Thanksgiving Favorite Foods.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us next week for sharing gluten-free menus and gluten-free Party Food and Drinks.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.
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AppleCranPieSliceI love all the traditional foods made for Thanksgiving — turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pies. But sometimes, I like to change things up a little…like adding chocolate to pumpkin pie or pecan pie. This year, I’m not adding chocolate to anything.

Instead, I’m adding cranberries to my apple pie. I absolutely love it! I love the burst of red color it adds to the pie, but I mostly love the burst of flavor it adds to each bite. The sweet apples and crumb topping are nicely complemented by the tart cranberries.

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pie Crust — uncooked, thawed if previously frozen

5-7 Fresh Apples — peeled, cored, sliced (I used 4 large Golden Delicious apples and 1 Granny Smith.)
1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
1/2 Cup Sugar
1-1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Crumb Topping Ingredients:
1/2 Cup gluten-free Flour (Fine Brown Rice Flour, or a mix of GF Flours)
1/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks (or Butter, Margarine)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Prepare your gluten-free pie crust.
  3. Mix together the crumb topping ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mix together the 1/2 Cup sugar and 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, and set aside.AppleCranPie
  5. Prepare the apples by peeling the skin, removing the core, and cutting into thick slices.
  6. Place and arrange half the apples in the prepared pie crust. Pour 1/2 the cranberries on top. Then, add the remaining apples, and cranberries on top. I like to pile them high because I know it will cook down.
  7. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the apples and cranberries. Be sure to spread it out evenly over the entire pie.
  8. AppleCranPieCrumbNow add the crumb topping to the pie, carefully spreading it to the edges of the pie crust and covering as much of the fruit as you can.
  9. Cover the pie crust edges with a Pie Crust Shield or strips of aluminum foil to avoid burning the edges. Bake in the oven at 400° for 40 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven and place on a baking rack to cool before serving. It slices best if you let it cool to room temperature — about an hour. Enjoy!

Additional Notes:

  • AppleCranPieBakedYou can use whatever apples you like best for baking. I usually use a mix of apples with 1 or 2 Granny Smith apples. Gala and Golden Delicious apples have worked well for me — good texture and flavor, but not too juicy that it runs all over the plate.
  • Need a recipe for a gluten-free pie crust? Check the list of recipes at this Thanksgiving Dessert Roundup.
  • I have also used 1 tub of Pillsbury’s Gluten-Free Pie Crust Dough to make both the crust and the crumb topping, as I did with my Peach Crumb Pie recipe.
  • To make a traditional Apple Pie, I use the same recipe above but without the cranberries. You may need an extra apple instead.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays, where you’ll find more ideas for eating gluten-free!

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Nov
11

FREE Thanksgiving e-Book from GF Jules

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As part of announcing Jules Shepherd’s new website and re-branding of her gluten-free products, she is offering her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book free for download today through Thursday, Nov. 13.

unnamedJules has updated her Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-Book this year with even more recipes in this 60-page e-book. It promises to help both those new to the gluten-free diet and those who are familiar with the challenges of navigating the big friends and family gathering. Jules also addresses both issues of hosting Thanksgiving at your house for both GF and non-GF guests, and the issue of being a GF guest in a non-GF household.

In addition to her guidance, this well-organized book includes:

  • 31 gluten-free and dairy-free recipes with nutritional information
  • a list of non-dairy and vegan ingredient substitutions, and
  • a timeline helping you plan your meal in advance.

This Gluten-Free Thanksgiving e-book is usually $12.95. But, with coupon code gfjules54601c422cfe8, you can download it for free until Nov. 13.

To get your copy:

  1. Go to http://gfjules.com/shop/gluten-free-thanksgiving-ebook/;
  2. Enter the code gfjules54601c422cfe8 into the box next to Apply Coupon;
  3. Click on “Apply Coupon” and then “Proceed to Checkout”;
  4. Fill out the form with your contact information, and click on “Place Order”;
  5. Scroll down the next page under the Product Details and click on “Download file: Gluten Free Thanksgiving Ebook”
  6. Open the file and start planning your Thanksgiving meal!

If you forget to enter the coupon code on the first page, you can also enter the coupon on the next page where it says “Click here to enter Coupon.”

Feel free to browse and/or purchase any of the new GFJules products while you’re there. I’m looking forward to trying her Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix and Gluten-Free Graham Cracker Mix. And don’t miss her Gluten-Free Gingerbread House Kit, which is also free while supplies last when you purchase $54 or more of products.

HolidayFavesIt’s less than two weeks until Christmas! I’m wondering what everyone’s favorite things are to cook, bake, and eat during the holidays. Since it is the theme for this week’s Gluten-Free Menu Swap, please share with us your favorite meals and recipes this season!

Our Gluten-Free Christmas Favorites:

More Gluten-Free Holiday Recipe Roundups:

What are your favorite things for the holidays? The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below will have more gluten-free menus and recipe links for Christmas/Holiday Favorites.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Pork Chops with Black Beans

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Hot Dogs in Pizza Dough

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Monday –  Eating Out

Tuesday – Pork Chops with Black Beans and Salsa, Rice, Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Wednesday – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Thursday – Party Dogs and Chili, leftover rice

Friday – Kimberlee’s Ranch Chicken Casserole made with Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free substitutes

Saturday – leftovers

Sunday – Grilled Steaks, Sweet Potato Casserole, Sautéed Spinach

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa says she’s spending too much time cooking these days, so she’s pulling out the slow-cooker to make better use of her time this week. For this week’s menu, she’ll be making Roast Beef with Vegetables, Bratwurst Stew, Sloppy Joes with Nacho Chips, and Paleo Chili with Veggies. She also has Halibut and Stuffed Acorn Squash on her menu, as well as plans for filling the freezer with make-ahead meals.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Kimberlee’s menu this week is filled with yummy meals to warm you up this season.  Beef and Veggie Soup, Taco Bowls, BBQ Chicken, Cheeseburger Pasta, Easy Potato Soup, Mexican Burgers, and one night of breakfast for dinner. She also has meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The Baked Oatmeal and Crunchy Chicken Salad got my attention.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth is keeping the meals simple for Christmas this year, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the day. She’s planning quick and simple Cinnamon Buns for breakfast and her favorite Grilled Shrimp (which my family enjoyed, too) for dinner. This week, she’ll be making Pumpkin Molasses Cookie Dough Balls, and Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Puppy Treats. The remainder of her meals this week will include Pancakes, Grilled Cheese, Sloppy Joe’s (Sloppy Lentil Joe’s), Veggie Soup, Pizza, Spiced Salmon, and Smoothies with Popcorn.

Angela’s Kitchen: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Angela’s Christmas Favorites begin with a variety of cookies. Check out her recipes for Allergen-Free Brownie Bites, Jam-Filled Thumbprints, Russian Tea Cakes, Spritz Cookies, and more. Other holiday favorites at their house include Potato Pudding, Lefse, Swedish “Rye” BreadMaple-Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped SmokiesFresh Spinach SaladChicken (or Turkey) Wild Rice Soup, Dairy-Free Eggnog, and Slow-Cooker, Dairy Free Hot Chocolate. For dinner this week, Angela’s family will enjoy Balsamic Glazed Chicken, Shrimp Pad Thai with Broccoli, Beef and Butternut Stew, Braised Mediterranean Chicken, and Taco Pizza. Be sure to check out her full menu for all the recipe links.

Thanks for joining us this week, come back next week to see what gluten-free meals we’re serving when Entertaining Friends and Family.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for meals to serve when entertaining friends and family.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

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TurkeyIt’s Turkey Week at the Gluten-Free Menu Swap…and for most of us in the U.S. Most of us will be enjoying roasted turkey for Thanksgiving meals on Thursday.

I think most fresh and frozen turkeys you buy in the grocery stores are now gluten-free, but you should still read the labels! Some turkeys are plumped with broth to make them nice and juicy. Broths can be made with wheat starch, so you still have to be careful which turkey you purchase. In addition, be aware of gravy mixes and pre-made gravies that may contain gluten. I did some research to give you a head start in your search for gluten-free turkeys and gravy recipes this week. Hope it helps you get through the Turkey Week, gluten free and healthy.

Gluten-Free Turkeys to look for in the stores:

Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Recipes:

The Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup will be included below. Don’t forget to check it for more gluten-free menus and turkey inspiration for your meals.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Guacamole

Guacamole

Parmesan Tilapia

Parmesan Tilapia

Red Potato & Green Bean Salad

Red Potato/Green Bean Salad

Monday –  Chili and Cornbread

Tuesday – Shredded Chicken for tacos or maybe for nachos, Guacamole

Wednesday – Grilled Steaks, Oven-Roasted Potatoes, Sautéed Broccolini

Thanksgiving Day – I’m taking Ham, Apple Crumb Pie, and Gingersnap Cookies to the family feast!

Friday – Parmesan Tilapia, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Green Beans

Saturday – Pizza and Spinach Salad

Sunday – Pork Tenderloin, Red Potato and Green Bean Salad

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Mom’s Plans: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Menu
Melissa has a Turkey Meatball Soup on her menu this week. She will be also be taking advantage of Thanksgiving leftovers for Friday’s meal. For the remainder of the week, she and her family will be enjoying Roasted Pork with Apples, Turnips, and Cabbage; Bacon and Butternut Pasta; Chicken Apple Sausage and Kale Soup; Slow-Cooked Roasted Chicken, and a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday.

The Girl Who Couldn’t Eat Anything: eating without Gluten, Dairy, Peanuts, Oats, or Meat
Elisabeth doesn’t eat meat, so no turkey for her this week. Instead, she’ll be eating Egg Salad, Spicy Shrimp in Saffron Tomato Sauce, Butternut Squash Nuggets, Fish, and Popcorn. For Thanksgiving, Lentil Mushroom Meatballs, Popovers, Mini Pumpkin Pie Shooters, and Apple Chia Seed Jam mini-pies.

The Peaceful Mom: Simple Gluten-Free Menu
Like so many other Americans this week, Kimberlee will be enjoying Turkey on Thanksgiving day. For the rest of the week, her family will be eating BBQ Pepper Jack Bacon Burgers, loaded Baked Potatoes, Taco Bowls, Spicy Black Beans, and Easy Potato Soup. She’s also sharing a link to her recipe for mini Pumpkin Pies.

Check back later to see who else may be joining the GF Menu Swap this week. 

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Join us here again next week for sharing gluten-free menus and ideas for Holiday Cookies, Baked Goods, and/or Treats.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • smallbuttonLaura at OrgJunkie.com hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.

 

Categories : Holidays, Menu Plan
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