Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
It is my favorite holiday. You might wonder why. It is the one time of year I relax on my low carb, healthy fat lifestyle and just enjoy the moments.
I love gathering together with loved ones for a feast, but I also like taking time to reflect on all the blessings we have in our lives. Gratitude practices are part of my daily routine, but it is nice to have a full day devoted to thankfulness.
Believe it or not, I count Celiac Disease as one of my blessings. Yes, you read that right. I consider it a blessing.
It has freed me from the small confines that the SAD (Standard American Diet) tends to restrict us to. A whole new world of foods has been brought to my attention. My hope is that I can help others embrace a positive and grateful attitude towards their dietary lifestyle, whether by necessity or by choice.
Thanksgiving's focused around food can be a challenge when you have a food intolerance. My hope is that the recipes below will hep you fully enjoy every aspect of Thanksgiving and the festivities that follow.
I have been gluten-free for over a decade and primal/paleo since 2016. I have experienced the loneliness, alienation, feelings of being different that needing to eat a special diet brings, especially in family gatherings.
My first Thanksgiving gluten-free, I had only been on the diet for a month and was the only one eating that way. My plate looked very lean. I couldn't eat the stuffing, green bean casserole, pies or breads.
At the end of the feast I was still starving! I hated feeling different and having very little food choices at family gatherings. I felt misunderstood.
It is my mission to make paleo foods just as delicious, if not better, than what everyone is accustom to enjoying.
After lots of failures and experimentation, my husband, the brilliant baker that he is, and I came up with an almond bread recipe that was better than anything in the stores.
We kept at the formulating and came up with an gluten-free all purpose blend that works in every recipe we have tried.
We have continued with the refinement and now have a paleo blend that also works well for most recipes.
Armed with the bread recipe and the flour blends we made a Thanksgiving meal for family that was completely gluten-free. The best part?
No one even knew it was gluten-free!
I knew I was not the only one who felt the loneliness, alienation, and feelings of being different. I want to share the freedom I found from that with others who are on the same journey.
In May 2016, I published my cookbook, The Ultimate Gluten Free Holiday. You can order it here.
A couple years after going gluten-free, the symptoms I had returned. I couldn't figure it out. I was eating a strict gluten-free diet. Why was I feeling ill again?
After a lot of research I discovered why.
I learned that gluten is actually a family of proteins of which gliadin is only one.
ALL Grains have gluten proteins in them and they all create an immune response!
So the very gluten-free alternative flours I was using on a daily basis and in the commercial gluten-free products on store shelves was making me sick.
We started over. I revamped my diet again and went completely grain free.
We began experimenting and formulating again to create flour blends that would work that were grain free.
We are still working on sandwich breads, but we have a paleo all purpose blend that we love more than our gluten-free blend. We love our pizza crust blend as well.
The good news is we have been successful with converting our Thanksgiving recipes into grain -free options. I am sharing 4 of out families favorites.
I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as I do. Please leave a comment below. I'd love to hear how you are incorporating paleo into your holiday feasts.