Saturday, November 17, 2012

Tips and Recipes for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, but for my friends and relatives in the United States, it's right around the corner.  So, in the spirit of giving, I thought I would repost my Thanksgiving menu plans from the last two years, including links to some recipes. 

This year I have a lot to be thankful for, including a new baby, a new niece and nephew and another nephew on the way.  I hope you have a lot to be thankful for too, and that you get to spend this family surrounded by those you love. 

Thanksgiving Menu 2012

Here's what we ate this year.  Click on the highlighted items for recipes.

Turkey Breast Roast: This is similar to a pork or beef roast, in that it's boneless and tied up and ready to go. It only takes about an hour and a half to cook, and is all white meat. I wanted turkey, but without all the work of cooking a whole turkey. This served 6 adults and 2 children, and there were leftovers.

The Roast, before being sliced

After being sliced (I actually got 2 platters of meat, this was just 1/2 the roast

Gravy (I use Imagine Organic Gravy- gluten and dairy free)

Gravy, in my fancy-schmancy gravy boat that comes out once a year

Cranberry Sauce (click HERE for recipe),   Applesauce (click HERE for recipe), Roasted Red Peppers and Sweet Onion Sauce

Mashed Potatoes

Cubed Butternut Squash with Butter and Sage (this was a Martha Stewart Recipe, super easy)

Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad


Zucchini Muffins

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Topping  (no one thought to take a picture)

Gluten Free Cupcakes (I use Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix )

Gluten Free Cupcakes

Last year, we had a slightly different menu. 

Thanksgiving Menu 2011

Carrot Spice Soup (you could also go with a butternut squash soup.  click HERE for recipe)

Carrot Spice Soup
Turkey Pie with a Gluten Free Pie Crust (This is a Jamie Oliver Recipe that I adapted to be gluten free)

Cranberry and Applesauce

Homemade cranberry sauce

Gluten Free Cornbread Muffins (made from Bob's Red Mill Cornbread Mix)

Cornbread Muffins

Deep Fried Stuffed Olives with Goat Cheese Filling and a GF Breadcrumb Crust. My photo-taking ability doesn't do these babies justice. My sister modified a recipe to make them suitable for my son, and they were delicious. Good enough to just eat on their own with a glass of wine...

Deep Fried Olives

We also had mashed potatoes, quinoa pilaf, cauliflower and a green salad on the side. I was too distracted by the olives to remember to take pictures of them.
Apple Crumble  (Recipe HERE)

Whipped Topping

Whipped Topping. YUM!!!!

Vanilla Cupcake with Pumpkin Icing (We used Bob's Red Mill Vanilla Cake Mix.)  For the icing, my mom just added a few spoonfuls of pumpkin puree to regular icing.

Cupcakes with Pumpkin Icing

I hope this gives you some ideas for your own Thanksgiving, especially if you're looking for alternatives to the traditional turkey.  Aside from the main dish and the salad, I generally prepare most of my meal ahead of time, so that I can actually enjoy the day with my family. 

I hope you get to enjoy yours too!

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