Last Minute Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

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Attending a Thanksgiving dinner and worried about how to stick to your gluten-free diet? Just found out that one of your guests is gluten-free but already have your menu set? Here are some last minute tips and recipes to help you enjoy your turkey day!

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Holiday Party Blues

crackers and cheeseAs the holiday season approaches, many of our social calendars are being filled with holiday parties and family get-togethers. Good food, drinks and company always make for a festive atmosphere, but what happens if we have food allergies or intolerances? So many of your typical party foods are laden with gluten, dairy, you name it…This has the potential to stop us from enjoying the same refreshments that are on offer, especially if it is a work function and you don’t want to come off as the picky eater or play 20 questions with the party organizer about food ingredients. And what if the party is after work and before dinner, and you’re HUNGRY? Here are a few tips that require a bit of proactive-ness and pre-planning on your part, but really could pay off at the end of the day. Continue reading

President Signs Food Allergy Awareness Bill

By KIMBERLY HEFLING AP Education Writer
The deaths of two girls in Illinois and Virginia from severe food allergies have helped spur efforts to get schools to stockpile emergency medications that can save lives.

That effort has now reached the highest level: President Barack Obama’s desk. The president signed a bipartisan bill on Wednesday that offers a financial incentive to states if schools stockpile epinephrine, considered the first-line treatment for people with severe allergies. The medication is administered by injection, through preloaded EpiPens or similar devices. Continue reading

Quinoa and Corn Pilaf with Pine Nuts (GF, DF, V)

quinoa-pilaf2Looking for a festive lunch or side dish? Check out this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan recipe for quinoa and corn pilaf with pine nuts from Veg Kitchen . We here at the Tasteful Pantry love quinoa – it’s an ancient grain that is packed with protein, is low in carbohydrates, and really absorbs the flavor of whatever sauce you prepare it with. Enjoy!

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Partner Feature: Sugar Beak Bakery

We here at the Tasteful Pantry love discovering local small businesses that are aligned with the Tasteful Pantry’s mission of transforming ‘free-from’ snacking into a delightful experience. Sugar Beak Bakery does exactly that! Based in Orange County, CA, Sugar Beak was started this August by Ashley Fiocco to provide homemade baked goods that are both delicious AND healthy. All of her treats are vegan, organic and full of fresh produce, plant-based protein, fiber, and omega-rich seeds, nuts and grains. She doesn’t use any refined sugar or preservatives, and most of her products are also naturally gluten-free!

Dark Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Bread

Dark Chocolate Coconut Zucchini Bread

With products like Double-Chocolate Spinach Brownie Bites and Quinoa + Hemp Chocolate Chip Cookies, you might have your doubts about really how tasty these baked goods can be. But I assure you, they are decadent and delicious. I couldn’t even taste the spinach in the Double-Chocolate Spinach Brownie Bites – it was just pure chocolate heaven. Continue reading

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes and Pancake Pops (GF, DF, V, SF, NF)

???????????????????????????????Last week, I saw a carton of pumpkin spice coconut milk from So Delicious at the store and decided to buy it, thinking I could use it in my coffee or to make a festive hot drink. Then over the weekend, I was in the mood to make a special indulgent breakfast and spotted the recipe for pumpkin spice pancakes on the side of the carton, so I tried it. Usually I expect recipes on the side of cartons to have about 2 ingredients and 2 steps (combine one premade ingredient with another and bake), but this actually was a full recipe from scratch, and it turned out DELICIOUS! Paired with scrambled eggs with rosemary and Daiya non-dairy cheddar, it made a complete gluten-free, dairy-free indulgent breakfast! Continue reading