I’m often asked about how to maintain weight and avoid gaining during the food-festive holidays. For me, it’s a matter of all things I enjoy – both food and drink – in moderation and with a healthy balance. I personally do not believe in deprivation or “good” and “bad” foods. Food is food, that’s all. Of course, we must avoid those foods to which we are allergic, but otherwise, there is nothing wrong in my opinion with enjoying foods we love, especially during the holidays. That said, avoid indulging with abandon and follow these 6 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Pitfalls so you’re looking and feeling like a million bucks when the New Year rolls around!
Even if you aren’t gluten-free, you may plan to host gluten-free guests in your home for the holidays. While there’s always more to learn about special diets and living gluten-free, here are five of my most useful tips to help you keep the holidays merry (and safe!) for your gluten-free guests this year. Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again, and I say bring it on! I love autumn and the holidays, not to mention all that delicious holiday food!
If you’re new to gluten-free living, you can have a “normal” holiday meal using these easy to prepare recipes. I promise there are no “difficulty level: challenging” recipes here! I don’t even think there are any on my entire site. The whole point of my sharing recipes with you is to show you how easy it is to eat gluten (and dairy, soy, peanut, tree nut) free without sacrificing on taste, texture and satisfaction. You can also cook only 1 meal for the entire family! That’s especially critical during the busy holidays, in my opinion.
If you’ve been living gluten-free for a while like I have, there’s still plenty here for you to enjoy. These recipes are the traditional standards most of us look forward to year after year.
You can plan your entire meal right from this list!
I know that recipe title doesn’t fit “the rules”, but I’ve never been one for rule-following. Besides, it’s a true title if I’ve ever written one. You will doubt me because it sounds far too simple to be holiday-worthy. Not to mention, most folks have worked themselves into a delusional frenzy of what holidays mean. Sadly, for many that meaning includes a frazzled cook by the time the meal is served or it can’t possibly be worthy.
Well, not in my world, friends. In Gigi Land, the cook (moi!) is relaxed and refreshed when it’s time to dine. Dare I say, I saunter to the table in heels and frills, champagne flute appropriately cupped in well-manicured hand. I make no apologies and I would have it no other way. That’s why the recipes you find here – including this birdie that really is fit for your Thanksgiving feast – are simple to make and please the whole crowd, including (and perhaps, especially) the cook!
Without doubt this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I developed it several years ago, after creating One Dish Baked Breakfast Quinoa. Using quinoa flakes instead of the whole seeds means incredible texture. Quinoa flakes bake up smooth and almost creamy and in this dish, the results are akin to that of holiday pan dressing. I won’t ever complain about something that’s good for me turning out like one of my favorite holiday dishes! Continue Reading
If you’re one of those who thinks Thanksgiving should be cancelled without a big creamy slice of pumpkin pie (with a homemade crust, no less!), I hear you! I love a good pumpkin pie, not too over-spiced, cooked to creamy perfection and topped with just a smidgen of cool whipped topping (dairy-free of course). It’s the ideal finish to the Turkey Day feast.
But what if you’re gluten-free? No pie? No way! Continue Reading