Try Our Best Gluten-Free Recipes For Your Holiday Dishes
At LowFatLowCarb.com, we suggest you do indulge, but be smart about how you do it. Cook up some delicious AND healthy meals that won’t make you regret your indulgences in the New Year. If you’re trying to avoid carbs, then don’t be afraid to cook up the fat.
There are many things to enjoy about the holiday season, but one of the top things on (mostly) everyone’s list is indulging in decadent meals and drinks that they swear they only partake in once a year. We’re talking about the Christmas feast: a veritable smorgasbord of mouth-watering dishes laid out in plain view on an overly decorated table; the turkey, stuffing, bread, mashed and sweet potatoes, a variety of veggies, and of course a boat of gravy to drown it all in. Even the most conscientious eater can get lost in the fray and find themselves’ over-indulging on a second plate, when the first heaping plate was likely enough to last them 2 meals on its own. One thing that can really weigh you down is the carb-loaded offerings that make up about 75% of any meal and have you wishing you didn’t take that third spoonful of mashed potatoes after all.
Willpower and Sticking to Your Diet
If will-power simply isn’t your strong suit (monitor your portions), then we have some great tips for the best gluten free recipes you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. “Gluten-free” you say? What exactly is gluten?
Simply put, gluten is the substance that can be found in cereal grains (especially wheat) which can attribute the dough with that “elastic” feature we often see. While it can cause illness in those with celiac disease, gluten is also something people are trying to avoid in hopes of a healthier eating lifestyle.
Gluten free recipes, by their very nature, attempt to provide you with that delicious meal you crave, while avoiding, well, the gluten.
Here are a few tips for the best gluten free recipes we’ve come across, for your future indulgence:
Substitute your bread for gluten free bread: In a beautiful gluten free parsnip, pork, and apple stuffing you can nix your regular bread for the gluten free variety, not diminishing the flavour at all, while still giving you that delicious filling you want to side with your turkey.
Fill up on veggies: This should be a no brainer but just because the turkey is the star of the meal doesn’t mean you can’t load up on the delicious greens surrounding it. Any good gluten free recipe will feature vegetables because not only do they not contain gluten, they provide a major health-kick during an indulgent feeding period.
Desserts can be made gluten free as well: the best gluten free recipes will find alternatives to ensure the sweet end to a filling meal is never missed. Using gluten free flour and baking powder is an easy fix and the results are identical, if not better! Try some gluten free blondies, chocolate brownies, or even chocolate cake at your next meal.
Remember, the holiday season is one meant for family and food, and no one should be left out. Feel free to look up more of the best gluten free recipes and make this holiday a memorable and delicious one.
To help you out, we’ve made a list of our 10 best gluten-free recipes for healthy eating over the holidays:
These handheld stuffed pepper boats are so easy to make (and eat)! The shrimp, garlic, and soy sauce filling are inspired by traditional dim sum recipes. Just make sure the soy sauce you buy is gluten free and you’ll have the best gluten-free dim sum you’ve ever imagined!
This mouth-watering appetizer will be gone in minutes, so we recommend you make extra! Even those who don’t like crab will be reaching for seconds.
Janeva’s Buffalo chicken meatballs are a healthy option that are a favorite holiday appetizer at LFLC. This easy-to-make gluten-free recipe is tasty and high in protein!
For a vegetarian alternative to Buffalo chicken wings, try these Buffalo cauliflower wings. These are a favorite for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, and are one of the best gluten-free recipes out there!
Since smoked salmon is a holiday favorite for appetizers, why not add some crispy and fresh endives to the plate? It’s a great spin on this familiar dish… your family and friends will be so impressed!
Soups are a cozy and comforting dish for the holidays and throughout the winter. This delicious and healthy soup recipe will bring any holiday meal together, pleasing palates and warming bellies!
The side dish of all side dishes, this gluten-free recipe combines cauliflower, tomatoes, and green beans with plenty of tasty seasonings!
Quinoa salad is an easy gluten-free recipe that works well as a side dish for your holiday meal. If you haven’t tried Quinoa before, we really recommend it! Not only is it gluten free, but it’s backed with protein, making it tasty AND nutritious.
If you’re not going all-out and cooking the full turkey for your holiday meal, try this delicious turkey cutlet recipe. You can still enjoy turkey for the holidays!
After feasting on appetizers and main courses, your holiday meals aren’t complete without dessert. Instead of over-doing it and trying all the pies and sweets, go for this simple yet tasty dessert that is both good for you and gluten-free!
Whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner, or bringing a dish to a potluck, these easy and quick gluten-free recipes will please your palate while keeping you on the right track for a healthy lifestyle.
So make sure you try some of our best gluten-free recipes over the holidays… your friends, family, and New Year’s resolutions will thank you!