Web Only ArticleDecember 15, 2010

Don't Let Scrooge Dampen Your Holidays

If you or someone you love has celiac disease or food allergies, the holidays can be punctuated with conflict, stress and a general humbug feeling. From pot luck gatherings to cocktail party, cookie swap and after-caroling festivities, the season is filled with opportunities to feel left out.

Relax! We at Living Without want you to join the party. Here are a few tips to help you feel included and make the season stress free.  

Do Ahead

  • Prepare a batch of homemade cookies. Bake and store them in the freezer for last-minute cookie needs. Keep batches of cookies and other treats on hand so you’ll never be without.
  • At LivingWithout.com, wonderful cookie recipes abound. Don’t miss the new allergy-friendly Holiday Cookie E-Book, a free download sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill.
  • Stock up on ingredients for easy last-minute meals that can double up and are perfect to enjoy at home or to take to pot luck gatherings--frozen gluten-free pizza shells, dried gluten-free pasta, vegetables and prepared marinara sauce. Who can resist a bowl of freshly made penne or a homemade pizza topped with these simple fixings? 

Create a Family Project

  • Make and bake roll-out Holiday Lemon Sugar Cookies that are dairy free and gluten free. Bring the family together and let everyone try their hand at decorating.

Last-Minute Gift Idea

  • Give the gift of chocolate--coat strawberries or your favorite commercially made cookies or biscotti in melted chocolate. Top with a sprinkle of nuts (if tolerated), chopped dried cranberries or colorful sprinkles.

Try this Quick Candy Break-Up

  • Combine 1½ cups Rice Chex, 1 cup crushed candy cane, ½ cup sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and ½ cup dried cranberries. In a medium bowl, melt 1 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips. Pour melted chocolate over Chex mixture and toss to coat. Line two sheet pans with aluminum foil and spread the mixture evenly over the pans. Refrigerate until set. Break into chunks and serve. 

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