Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

There has been allot of Harvest Celebrations since the first discovery of Celiac conditions dating back as far as the first century AD. Dr. Stefano Guandalini at the University of Chicago notes that Aretaeus of Cappadocia, a Greek physician living in the first century AD wrote about “The Coeliac Affection.” This would have been the times of Roman Rule, Augustus Caesar, Titus, Jesus of Nazareth and his Disciples and Yosef ben Matityahu or Josephus among others.

According to Rebecca Sodergren at the Pittsburgh Gazette “The most common produce in Jesus’ day included lettuces, cucumbers, garlic and leeks; common fruits were apricots, figs, melons, and, of course, olives, which were important for their oil, as well. Unless a family was wealthy, large cuts of meat tended to be reserved for important meals. Meats of the day included goat, lamb, small fowl such as pigeon, and for those close to the water, fish. There also were a variety of nuts, herbs and spices to choose from, and people did make cheese and yogurt. So, their diet, assuming they weren’t extremely poor, was nutritionally sound and more varied than we might realize.”

Today the traditional American Thanksgiving meal consists of Turkey, Sweet Potato, Cranberries, and Pumpkin pie. Your family may add all kinds variations and side dishes of breads, olives, nuts, and salads. According to Fortune magazine, the famous brands that have supported the holiday include Butterball Turkeys, Libby’s pumpkin, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, Kraft Marshmallows, Bruce’s Yam’s, Pepperidge Farm’s Stuffing, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, and French’s French Fried Onions.

There are allot of choices for gluten-free recipes, some traditional dishes need no conversion at all. Allrecipies has gluten-free recipes for stuffing’s, pies, sausage gravy, bread, rolls, cakes, and more. Martha Stewart has a complete gluten-free Thanksgiving menu. Cooks Illustrated has re-engineered some traditional recipes. Don’t forget the leftovers. Some of the best meals are after Thanksgiving dinner.

Most importantly take time to be thankful.

Party Snack Mix – Gluten Free

It’s always good to have some kind of snack mix available for those times when folks stop by to chat or visit. I think we did more of that years ago but hospitality doesn’t have to stop because a generation passed away. The General Foods  inspired Chex Party Homemade Mix recipe below has been modified over the years and the one shown below is for those with celiac disease or are gluten intolerant. Eliminate the nuts of course if you need a mix for those with peanut or nut allergies. You may want to substitute other brands for the one’s listed. We had a friend who kept bags of chex mix trail mix in the freezer for when family and friends showed up. This is the perfect sweet and salty mix and an alternative to other snacks that aren’t enough to go around.

Microwave Directions

  1. In a large bowl mix cereals, nuts, pretzels and bagel chips.
  2. In small bowl melt butter until melted. Stir in seasonings. Pour over cereal mixture. Coat evenly.
  3. Pre-heat oven to 250F. Spread mixture into ungreased pan and bake for about an hour, stirring ever 15-minutes. Spread on paper towels to cool.
  4. Gluten Free mix can be frozen to have ready for those planned or spontaneous guests


General Mills Gluten Free Journey