Christmas can be a scary time for those with Celiac Disease. It can be risky to dine out and potlucks are my worst nightmare. I was diagnosed in September 2011 with Celiac Disease but didn't quite come to terms with it until I had a very painful Thanksgiving 2011 as a result of eating gluten while dining out.
Since 2011 we have planned 100% gluten free feasts for all of our holidays! I am not upset on what I am "missing" instead I am actually excited about our Gluten Free Meals at the holidays with my family. I wanted to share with you my Gluten Free Christmas Menu and recipes as well as a few tips to help you with planning.
If you are dining out please be very careful with marinades, sauces, gravies and seasonings. The safest bet is to dine "in" and help prepare the Christmas Meal so you are sure to be able to enjoy your holiday. If you are eating a Pot-Luck I suggest bringing several dishes or collaborating with family members so that you will have several dishes to enjoy. In my opinion it is easier and safer to cook. I am lucky that my Mom and brother are also gluten free so it makes easier in terms of serving for the family.
It is very important to read the labels and be sure that your family members understand the importance too. Often times family members will think a "little gluten" won't hurt you however we know a little gluten can ruin your holiday.
Gluten Free Christmas Menu:
Diestel’s Organic Oven Roasted Turkey - Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic
Cranberry Sauce - Ocean Spray Brand is Gluten Free
Fruited Turkey - GREAT healthy idea for the kids
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Beans (Allen Brand) or Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole
Gluten-Free Mashed Potatoes
Linda’s Deviled Eggs
About Diestel's Brand:
Diestel’s Organic Oven Roasted Turkey is available at Whole Foods Markets, select natural food stores across the country. The family also carries a Naturally Smoked Turkey, a Naturally Oven Roasted Turkey, and a Fra’Mani Brined & Seasoned Raw Turkey to make holidays easier.
- Non-GMO Project Verified, USDA Certified Organic
- No gluten, casein, carrageenan, phosphates, MSG, artificial ingredients or preservatives
- No antibiotics, growth stimulants, or hormones
- 100% vegetarian diet, enhanced with vitamins and minerals, milled and mixed daily on the ranch
I hope this helps make your Gluten Free Christmas Menu Planning easier and safer. Enjoy your Gluten Free Christmas dinner with peace of mind knowing you won't be sick this year for Christmas!