With all the festive foods and baked goods, some people may find it difficult to stay true to a gluten free diet during the Christmas season. But if you have celiac disease, it is best to stay on a gluten free diet to stay healthy. Consider the options for eating gluten free during the Christmas holiday.
Gluten Free Stuffing and Turkey Dinner
Traditional turkey dinner on Christmas can be easy to keep gluten free. Turkey is, of course, gluten free, and is a healthy choice for a main course. Vegetables are also a healthy choice and are a generally safe side dishes for turkey dinner. But when it comes to traditional stuffing, eating gluten free is sometimes forgotten.
Try making a gluten free stuffing. Gluten free stuffing can be made out of gluten free bread in a similar way to regular stuffing. Kinnikinnick’s brown rice bread has a good consistency for stuffing, and it can be seasoned just like regular bread. Find a gluten free stuffing recipe and feel free to experiment.
Where to Find Gluten Free Foods
Gluten free food is becoming more and more common, and it can be easy to find good gluten free desserts. Check local health food stores or specialty stores, like Bulk Barn, for gluten free food. In a regular grocery store, gluten free food is often found in the freezer and in the midst of any section labelled “natural” or “organic.”
There can be found ready-made gluten free bread, muffins, cookies, crackers, pasta and more, as well as flours and flour mixes for making particular desserts. Remember that not all organic food is gluten free; read the packaging carefully.
Gluten Free Christmas Desserts
Consider the variety of gluten free desserts – store-bought as well as homemade desserts. Shortbread cookies and gingerbread can be made gluten free with a few substituted ingredients, and can taste just as they should. With a little creativity, you can even make a gluten free gingerbread house from scratch.
Pumpkin pie is a traditional Christmas dessert that is easy to make gluten free. Bob’s Red Mill white rice flour includes a simple pie crust recipe that makes for a good, although fairly plain gluten free pie crust. Just a sprinkle of added cinnamon or brown sugar makes it sweet and tasty. Be sure to read pie filling ingredients carefully, or use pure pumpkin, as some pie fillings have wheat flour in them.
When it comes to gluten intolerance, it is important to stay on a gluten free diet and stay healthy. Eating gluten free during the Christmas holiday can be easy with a little extra grocery shopping, and a homemade baking experiments.