FeaturesOct/Nov 2009 Issue

Cheers! Celebrate the Holiday Season with Allergy-Friendly Foods

Autumn conjures up images of beautiful foliage, crisp afternoons, Halloween costumes and festive dining. When planning party menus that are safe for food-sensitive family members and guests, look to the following gluten-free products and recipes for easy, delicious options.

Halloween Help
When it comes to feeding your little ghosts and goblins, Halloween doesn’t have to be scary. These kid-friendly suggestions for gluten-free Halloween party fare will be gobbled up by young and old alike.

Snacks are a must at any gathering, so be sure to serve a salty option to offset all the sweet treats. Arico’s Cassava Chips are good—and good for you. Original and Sea Salt varieties are kid favorites.

Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Glutino makes it extra easy—just microwave and serve for a satisfying main course.

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without treats. Whip some up yourself (and make extra for take-home goody bags) using Meyenberg’s goat milk products. Check out Meyenberg’s recipes, including Famous Chocolate Fudge, at meyenberg.com.

I scream. You scream. It is Halloween, after all! For a yummy ice cream alternative, serve Turtle Mountain’s Purely Decadent frozen desserts. Made with coconut milk, they’re dairy free and gluten free.

For pre-wrapped Halloween treats, nothing beats Organic Penguin Fruity Burst Crispy Rice Bars from Nature’s Path EnviroKidz. Certified organic and gluten free, these kid-approved flavors will be a parent-approved, too.

Allergy-Friendly Foods and Drinks

Raise a Glass! Offer adult guests a selection of glutenfree beer, now easier than ever to find at your local supermarket. Children love to join in the toast, too. Serve kid-friendly sparkling juices in fancy glassware.

Thanksgiving Ideas
For food-sensitive diners, Thanksgiving means a lot of food and a lot of precautions. Fortunately, there are scrumptious and convenient options to serve and safely savor for Thanksgiving dinner.

Save room for the main course but don’t scrimp on the appetizers. Pair Crunchmaster gourmet crackers with your favorite dairy-free cheeses and spreads. Crunchmaster offers a great selection of tasty munchies. Multi-Seed Rosemary & Olive Oil crackers will be a family favorite.

If nuts are safe for you and your guests, serve a bowl of Blue Diamond almonds. Both Traditional and Bold flavors are a real taste sensation.

Thanksgiving dinner takes a great deal of advance planning. Whether you’re serving a traditional or vegetarian menu, your main entrée will be more appealing when complemented by bountiful side dishes and condiments. Why not depart from tradition and enjoy a bone-in ham from Jones Dairy Farm? Now certified gluten free, Jones Dairy Farm offers an expansive array of gluten-free meats.

Nothing says festive like beautiful red cranberries. Products from Eden Foods provide a nutritious basis for memorable meals. Visit edenfoods.com for tantalizing recipes like Cranberry and Dried Cherry Sauce, guaranteed to wow your guests.

Pass the gravy, please. Orgran’s delicious gravy mix is the perfect accompaniment to roasted turkey and mashed potatoes—always a crowd pleaser.

Who doesn't love home-baked bread, warm and fresh from the oven? Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Hearty Whole Grain Bread Mix makes a loaf that’s the perfect addition to any holiday table. Add some old-fashioned Southern comfort to your holiday table by preparing a batch of corn bread using Tom Sawyer’s Gluten Free Flour. 

Build in a gourmet soup course for your guests but keep it simple by heating up soups from Kettle Cuisine. Choose a hearty option for vegetarian guests or a seasonal variation, such as Butternut Squash and Apple soup.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving. No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without pumpkin pie. Create a perfect crust with crumbs from Mary’s Gone Crackers. Fill with your favorite pie filling—and voila! You have the perfect holiday dessert.

Want more pumpkin goodness? Prepare light, fluffy pumpkin muffins made with modified tapioca starch from Expandex.

For more dessert decadence, make a tray of Pamela’s cookies or serve a batch of brownies from Betty Crocker's new gluten-free line of baking mixes. From cookies to cakes, the selection of gluten-free desserts just keeps getting better. LW


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