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Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Gobble Gobble Gobble…It’s almost time for one of the biggest feasts of the year! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means…spending time with friends and family, delicious food, holiday parades and vegging on the couch watching football games while trying to shake your food coma! Then once you’ve recovered…it’s time for round TWO! If you are one of the many people living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance you can rejoice in the fact that there are plenty of gluten-free products available for your Thanksgiving meal. Any food containing wheat, rye, or barley can leave gluten-intolerant people feeling sick, and not just because of that third helping. We have compiled a list of tips and foods to make your Gluten-Free Thanksgiving a success.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Meal Tips:
•    Turkey: All fresh turkeys (non-marinated and unseasoned) are gluten free. Beware of marinades, sauces, or gravy packets that may come with the turkey…there may be hidden gluten in there! Many turkeys now come with a gluten-free gravy packet made from rice flour. If possible, buy a plain fresh turkey and add your own seasoning. See below for gluten-free turkey suggestions.
•    Gravy: Use corn starch, rice flour, or potato flour as a thickener instead of regular flour for homemade gravy. See below for a list of pre-made gluten-free gravies.
•    Stuffing/Dressing: Make your own stuffing by substituting gluten-free bread for the regular kind. Cut the bread into small cubes the night before, bake for 15 minutes on 250 degrees, flipping once to dry out the cubes. Leave them out overnight. They will be ready to make GF stuffing the next day. Follow the stuffing recipe and make sure to double-check all other ingredients. See below for store-bought gluten-free stuffing.
•    Pie: Use a gluten-free pie crust which are available either as a mix or already pre-made crusts. If you really want the easy way out, just buy a pre-made gluten-free pie. See below for a list.
•    Side Dishes: All fresh vegetables (non-marinated/unseasoned), such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas, and carrots are all safe.
•    Cranberry Sauce: Fresh cranberries are gluten-free, for those individuals that make fresh cranberry sauce. For the quick way, open up a can of Oceanspray Cranberry Sauce, which is gluten-free.

If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner why not make it entirely gluten-free….that way you don’t have to worry about eating something that you shouldn’t have. If you are going to someone else’s home offer to bring a couple of gluten-free dishes. Always make sure to be the first in line for food (not to be greedy)…so you can avoid any cross-contamination from non GF foods. Most importantly…remember what the holiday is all about…be thankful for friends and family and everything you have.

Below is a list of gluten-free Thanksgiving foods.

Turkey:
Honeysuckle White Turkey, Butterball Turkey (their gravy has been reformulated to eliminate gluten, but certain gravy packets may still contain gluten; it will be listed on the ingredient statement). Always refer to product packaging for accurate ingredient statements.

Gluten-Free Gravy:
Full Flavor Foods (www.forfullflavor.com) – Beef, Chicken, Pork & Turkey Gravy Mixes
Imagine (www.imaginefoods.com) – Organic Roasted Turkey Flavored & Organic Savory Beef Flavored
Massel (www.massel.com) – Chicken Style Gravy Powder & Supreme Gravy Mix
Maxwell’s Kitchen (www.maxwellskitchen.com) – Brown Beef, Chicken, Pork & Turkey Gravy Mixes
Macayamas (www.mayacamasfinefoods.com) – Brown, Chicken, Savory Herb, & Turkey Gravy Mixes
Orgran (www.orgran.com) – Gravy Mix
Road’s End Organics Organic Gravy Mix (www.edwardandsons.com) – Delicious Golden, Savory Herb, Shitake Mushroom
Trader Joe’s (www.traderjoes.com) – All Natural Turkey Gravy

Gluten-Free Stuffing/Dressing:
Aleia’s (www.aleias.com) – Plain & Savory
Celiac Specialties (www.celiacspecialties.com) – Stuffing Mix
El Peto (www.elpeto.com) – Stuffing
Gillian’s Foods (www.gilliansfoods.com) – Turkey Bread Stuffing
Grandma Ferdon’s (www.grandmaferdons.com) – Sage Dressing
Mixes From The Heartland (www.mixesfromtheheartland.com) – Cornbread Stuffing Mix
Mrs. Crimble’s (www.mrscrimbles.com) – Stuffing Mix
The Grainless Baker (www.thegrainlessbaker.com) – Stuffing Cubes
Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/gluten-free.php) – Stuffing Cubes

Gluten-Free Pie Crust/Pies:

Pre-Made Crusts:
Andrea’s Fine Foods (www.andreasglutenfree.com)
Cause You’re Special (www.causeyourespecial.com)
El Peto (www.elpeto.com)
Gillian’s Foods (www.gilliansfoods.com)
Grandma Ferdon’s (www.grandmaferdons.com)
The Grainless Baker (www.thegrainlessbaker.com)

Pie Crust Mix:
Arnel’s Originals (www.arnelsoriginals.com)
Auguson Farms (www.augasonfarms.com)
Authentic Foods (www.authenticfoods.com)
Breads From Anna (www.breadsfromanna.com)
El Peto (www.elpeto.com)
Gluten Free Mama (www.glutenfreemama.com)
Gluten Free Creations (www.glutenfreecreations.com)
Gluten Free Pantry (www.glutino.com/our-products/gluten-free-pantry)
Grandma Ferdon’s (www.grandmaferdons.com)
Kinnikinnick (www.kinnickinnick.com)
Mixes From the Heartland (www.mixesfromtheheartland.com)
Really Great Food Company (www.reallygreatfood.com)
Silly Yak Bakery (www.freshglutenfree.net)
Whole Foods Market Gluten Free Bakehouse (www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/gluten-free.php)

Gluten-Free Pies:
Gillian’s Foods (www.glutenfreegilliansfoods.com) – Pumpkin & Apple Pies
Grandma Ferdon’s (www.grandmaferdons.com) – Pumpkin & Apple Pies
Silly Yak Bakery (www.freshglutenfree.net) – Pumpkin, Apple & Dutch Apple Pies

If you are still looking for more gluten-free products, Cecelia’s Marketplace Gluten-Free Grocery Shopping Guide can help. It lists thousands of gluten-free foods that are available nationwide. Click here to read more.

Happy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving!