When I lay out a plan to seat my guests at a dinner, I want to balance the personalities at each table. I want each group to have some who are gentle and mature, some who are a little outspoken and some who maybe are energetic with a few good stories to share. Similarly, when I’m looking for a completing touch to a gluten-free holiday menu, I can add this tangy, saucy, sweet and spicy choice that is already gluten-free — Spiced Cranberry Pear Sauce.
A perennial dinner favorite in my house is Creamed Tuna. It’s good when I’m short on time and I need to go shopping, but we’re hungry right now…so my gluten-free diet also has to satisfy everyone in the family.
The foundation of this easy dinner is a medium white sauce. I learned a long time ago that a basic white sauce or cream sauce is a kitchen standby, and it’s just as useful for a gluten-free diet as it is for gluten-y cooking. It works for a lot of my favorite 30 minute meals!
This old family favorite is made from scratch, even the sauce, so you know that it’s safe for a gluten-free diet. Since the chicken is boneless and skinless, it’s easier to serve and clean up than the bone-in version.
You can use your favorite vegetables in it, but our favorites are either green beans, or peas and carrots, or chopped broccoli. You’ll have a complete meal in one dish with this gluten-free casserole. If you want to make it dairy-free, you can use the oil instead of butter or margarine, and also use a dairy-free milk, or mushroom or vegetable stock instead.
Vibrant, zesty salsa adds excitement to a gluten-free main dish, side or snack. Having an easy basic recipe for it is a must in my family. Here is one of…
What’s the best thing spooned onto a plateful of turkey and dressing? The gravy! How can you put delicious gravy on the table without much fuss? Make this easy, gluten-free version with stock (or bouillon or broth) instead of drippings!
My son adds a warning in his meatloaf recipe to “be considerate” since cayenne pepper figures prominently in the ingredients when he makes it his favorite way. My version of it would be considerably tamer than his regarding the pepper (and mine would be gluten-free) but the concept of seasoning combinations reminded me how much I like having made up some personalized seasoning blends for my husband and me
“parsley recipe…for all sorts of uses from spreading on crackers or crispbread, to melting over broiled fish or steaks, to tossing with hot cooked green beans or noodles, and many more.”
Flat leaf parsley combines with garlic, almonds, olive oil and Parmesan cheese to make this version of pesto.