Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips: 3 Scenarios
[We’ve been on the hunt for the best gluten-free holiday tips. Naturally, we asked NFCA volunteer Annsley to share her advice. Here’s how she stays gluten-free at Thanksgiving, no matter what’s on the table.]
Autumn is one of my favorite times of year because it speaks to cool, crisp air, falling leaves, harvests, family gatherings, and lots of food. This all sounds great! Then the reality of the situation hits; my imagination runs wild and I see a playground for gluten: The slide is a big wet lasagna noodle, the swings seats are plump, cushy pumpkin muffins, the dirt is stuffing giving way under the shuffle of feet as animals, adults, and kids slurp and slide all over, smearing gluten from one play structure to the next.
Then the chilly fall air blows across my face and I’m back to reality – gobs of friends and family hovering over the food, fingers picking, serving spoons jumping from one platter to the next. . . This could end up as a regular old disaster, but I then I take hold of my imagination and decide to control the situation with ORDER.
Tips for Thanksgiving when you have TOTAL control:
- If it’s up to you, make all dishes gluten-free. That way, you’ll have no cross-contamination issues!
Tips for Thanksgiving when you have PARTIAL control:
- Make sure there are some gluten-free dishes that are available to you.
- Ask to be the first one served and/or make your own plate before all the guests are served. Take enough for seconds, because once the dishes are touched by others, it could be a slippery slope.
- Set the gluten-free dishes on a separate table or a separate section on the table. They should be the first dishes in the line-up.
- If you’re feeling brave, make a little note next to the gluten-free dishes that says:
This dish is gluten-free and may become contaminated if brought into contact with other dishes. Please use only this serving spoon with it.
Tips for Thanksgiving when you have ZERO control:
- Bring your own food.
- Put your food on one of the plates that everyone else has and bring it out to your place when everyone else sits down to eat.
– Annsley Klehr
Gluten Freedoms, LLC
More from Annsley:
- 5 Rules for Healthy Gluten-Free Living
- My Gluten-Free, Soy-Free World
- Tips for a Gluten-Free Preschool Day