Challenging Thanksgiving recipes
A heaping scoop of homemade stuffing, steam rising off the top as it’s carefully ladled between mounds of mashed potatoes, and an oozing dollop of cranberry relish to top it off. What’s not to love?
For some, traditional Thanksgiving dishes like bread stuffing are anything but comfort foods. Having food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances can make mealtime isolating as friends and family pass loaves of crusty wheat bread while you are left wondering what options are safe. But finding “safe” foods can be just as confounding for the cook as for those with dietary restrictions.
Gluten-free diets can seem especially challenging for the standard holiday menu - Grandma’s flaky pie crust, chewy Parker House rolls, and all those frosted sugar cookies.
Gluten, a protein found in many grains such as wheat, barley and rye, is common in the American diet. For those with celiac disease, eating gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, reducing nutrient absorption. The Mayo Clinic estimates that one percent of the American population suffers from celiac disease, an autoimmune disease that prevents the body from processing gluten. Another ten percent of the population is reported to have gluten sensitivities. Chances are, there might be someone eating gluten-free at your family table.
For Thanksgiving, in many ways a food-based holiday, creating a family-friendly environment for the meal means serving dishes that everyone can eat.
Thankfully, there are an increasing number of businesses offering gluten-free products – everything from premade cakes and cookies to flours that simplify homemade creations. Gluten-free recipes are cropping up like weeds and chefs are beginning to offer classes focused on allergies and sensitivities.
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