The holiday season is in full force and on Thursday Americans will be giving thanks for what they have (or in some cases -- what they're happy not to have) and enjoying good food with good friends and family.
For some, big holiday dinners can pose a challenge, especially when it comes to food allergies and food intolerances.
Thanksgiving meals are traditionally full of gluten as it can be in the turkey (oddly), the stuffing, rolls and dessert. However there are so many resources available for an amazing gluten-free (GF) experience that one should not feel deprived.
First, go to the web. There are some great websites entirely dedicated to a GF meal. After a quick search, you will have thousands of recipes at your fingertips.
Remember, even if you have not been diagnosed with celiac disease, the same foods qualify as problems for gluten sensitivity.
Therefore you could type "celiac" into the search engine and find what you are looking for. There are also several yummy cook books available to meet everyone’s intolerance or allergy needs.
Second, talk with your grocery store. So many stores nowadays have GF options and cater to those with food allergies and food intolerances.
My local Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s showcase ingredients and recipes to meet everyone’s needs. Many companies have online websites allowing you to purchase directly the rolls, bread, desserts, pie crust and more, and have shipped to your door.
Third, remember that you're definitely not going to starve. Unless a gluten-containing ingredient is added to the food, meat, most dairy products, vegetables, beans, lentils, fruit, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, nuts and seeds are inherently gluten-free.
Substitution will be your best friend, and reading labels (as usual) will be key. Consider flours such as almond, coconut, rice, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and corn when making meals.
There are several GF stuffing options available, plus the mashed potato and sweet potato/yam dishes are delicious. Don’t forget salads, cranberry and rice dishes as well.