What To Do With Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Leftovers

By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)

One of the greatest things about Thanksgiving is that come Friday you find yourself with a whole bunch of leftovers. Turkey and stuffing sandwiches are wonderful,  but what else can we make from gluten-free Thanksgiving leftovers?

Here are some fun ideas to keep you satisfied in the days, or maybe even weeks depending on how much extra food you have, after Thanksgiving.

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Grab a Piece of That Gluten-Free Pie!

By Bridget

Photo credit: WholeFoodsMarket.com

With it being Turkey Day, food seems to be the only thing on everyone minds. From what side dishes to prepare to how many turkey sandwiches they’ll be eating for leftovers (on GF bread, of course!), the big meal is something to be enjoyed over the course of days, not just for one meal.

One part of the meal you definitely don’t want to miss out on is the dessert! Pie making and eating can be considered synonymous with this holiday otherwise centered around turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberries. To keep dessert the sweetest piece of the meal, try one of these tips to keep the crust gluten-free (and still delicious!) Continue reading “Grab a Piece of That Gluten-Free Pie!”

5 Tips for Healthy Gluten-Free Holidays from Daily Bites Blog!

By guest blogger Hallie Klecker (Daily Bites Blog)

If you eat gluten-free and are wondering how to stay healthy this season, don’t fear! While navigating the gluten-laden waters of the holiday season can seem stressful at first glance (believe me, I’ve been there), approaching it with a positive attitude and a few tricks will take you a long and very merry way.

I’ve now lived through enough gluten-free holiday seasons to have developed a few tips and tricks for surviving the season with grace, sanity, and style while having quite a bit of fun, too. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be well on your way to a happy and healthy gluten-free holiday.

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Easy Delicious Gluten-free Dinners from Progresso

logoDuring this time of year, everyone is in a rush and most of us don’t have time to spend a lot of time making dinner every night. Thanks to the Chicken Cheese Enchilada soup from Progresso, we can have a super easy and gluten-free dinner without much work at all!

One can of the delicious soup will work for six small or four large boneless chicken breasts. Place the chicken in a baking dish and pour the entire can of soup over it. Use non stick spray for metal pans and no spray for glass dish. Bake for approximately 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Make sure chicken is cooked through and serve chicken and sauce over white or brown rice. Add some healthy veggies like asparagus or a nice green salad and you have and easy and tasty gluten-free meal.

Another idea for this versatile soup is to cook some gluten-free pasta and add the pasta to a saute pan of the heated up Chicken Cheese Enchilada soup. Thoroughly coat the pasta and get everything hot and you have another easy gluten-free meal that is anything but bland. You can also just serve the soup over rice since there is protein (chicken and cheese0 in the soup – easy, nutritious and delicious!

38804One of the reasons I like to support Progresso products is that they are removing MSG from all their soups and they are labeling the gluten-free soups they make right on the back of the can. The gluten-free marking is easy to see which makes is easy to grab and move on when you’re shopping. Any company that labels their products gluten-free and doesn’t add a lot of junk to their food is okay in my book.

Recently Campbell’s created a website that lists all their gluten-free items and none of their soups are listed. At one time about five or so Campbell’s soups were considered gluten-free by the company. The representative I spoke to said at present, there are no soups the company considers gluten-free in the product line, but they might be able to add some of the soups to the gluten-free list eventually. Several of their Swanson broths are gluten-free.

It is pretty easy to tell which companies care about making money off of the gluten-free consumer. In my opinion, the companies that take the time to know which of their products are gluten-free and label them as such, deserve my hard earned money. The companies that tell me to read their labels and I’ll be able to figure out if the product is gluten-free are essentially asking me to spend about three times as long grocery shopping as the average consumer has to. Label reading is certainly required much of the time so when possible, I choose to support companies that treat us like the valued customers we are.

Many people are surprised to find out how many soups from Progresso are now gluten-free and labeled as such. The Creamy Mushroom soup was what we used for our green bean casserole for Thanksgiving dinner. I thickened it with a little cornstarch and it was absolutely perfect for the dish. To check the gluten-free status of Progresso soups, click on ‘nutrition’ and then the type of soup on the website.  Thanks to Progresso for making some wonderful MSG and gluten-free soups!

Triumph's Thanksgiving Tips: Part 1, Giving Thanks for What's Already GF

Dreading Thanksgiving? Skeptical about whether gluten-free gravy and stuffing can really measure up to the “real” thing? Worried about negotiating a “mixed” Thanksgiving with GF and non-GF family members? Well, it’s time to stop worrying. (And don’t even think about eating some sad, dry turkey with no gravy, while everyone else chows down on all the fixings!)

You CAN make delicious gluten-free gravy, stuffing and desserts that everyone will love. In fact, I’ve been making Thanksgiving gluten-free since 2004…for nine people members who are not gluten-free. Now, these people are all family – close, outspoken and super-critical. But guess what? No one misses the gluten.

Besides, in a lot of cases, there is no gluten to miss! Let’s start this series of tips off on a positive note and go over what IS most likely gluten-free.

Turkey. If you buy an all-natural turkey with no additives, it is gluten-free. But be aware that some turkeys, especially the “self-basting” varieties are injected with flavors. (For the culinary curious among you, some companies inject the turkey to make it juicier and more flavorful.) Check with the manufacturer to make sure that your turkey is gluten-free. It probably is, but a quick phone takes just a couple minutes.

And for all of you with family members who like to stuff the turkey with non-GF stuffing, tell them to cut it out! It’s not safe for you, and if not done properly, it can be unsafe, period. Plus, unstuffed turkeys cook more quickly and are just as yummy. Check out this neat article on the topic, and scroll down to the question: “Does stuffing cooked inside the turkey taste better?”

Cranberry Sauce. Page 100 of our Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide lists cranberry sauce brands that are GF. For those of you who don’t own the guide, consider getting a copy. It’s a fabulous resource on what brands are and are not gluten-free. The most popular brand of cranberry sauce listed is Ocean Spray. And it is gluten-free. Or, if you want to make your own, it’s as easy as buying a bag of cranberries and cooking it down with some sugar and water, or orange juice (if you really want to get creative). We made our own sauce one year, but frankly, we found the canned version is just as good and a lot less work. After all, you’ve got a turkey to tend to!

Mashed Potatoes. Potatoes, milk, cream, salt and butter. All these ingredients are very unlikely to contain gluten. Just be sure to use a fresh stick of butter, especially if you have non-GF family members who might be using a contaminated butter knife.

Next in the Series. Feeling better? Remember, you don’t have to change EVERYTHING around to make a fabulous GF Thanksgiving. Next in the series we’ll tackle what’s likely NOT gluten-free…the gravy…and how to make a GF version everyone (not just you and the dog) will love!

Meanwhile, check out Tiffany’s awesome article on the more inter-personal aspects of navigating the gluten-free diet.