I know hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful- but it doesn’t have to be! After years of hosting a gluten-free Thanksgiving, I want to share my best tips with you.
1. Don’t Make It About the Food
This is a big one. Thanksgiving isn’t about the food. Not really, it’s about the people. I made it about the food in the beginning and the truth is I regret it. I missed a lot of joy. Holidays are about the people you’re with so, regardless of what food is in front of you, remember it’s just one meal and what you’re really celebrating is the people we love.
2. Quit Making Pies
I can make a really beautiful gluten-free pie – but honestly, the crust is so fussy and it makes my head spin. So, I quit making pies a while ago. Instead, I make tarts. Grab a nice tart pan. This is going to make your life so much simpler. My favorite sizes are 9″ round, 14″ x 5″ rectangle, and a super cute set of 4″ round tart pans.
If you’ve never made a tart, here’s why you’re going to love it! You can press your crust right into the pan. The pan has gorgeous fluted edges so there’s no fuss about making the crust look pretty. You can use a nut crust or a regular crust. It is so much simpler than rolling out that big old crust and trying to get it to fit in a pie pan.
Another great thing about tarts- if you want to make a really decadent dessert, by using the tart pan, you get a thin layer instead of that really thick pie layer. It’s so much better on your waistline! Who’s up for a great tart?
3. Try One or Two New Recipes at Most
I made this mistake my first Thanksgiving. I made everything from scratch, part of it flopped. We didn’t eat until eight o’clock that night – it was a nightmare. Thank goodness my husband is so graceful and didn’t complain at all. Now I only do one new dish a year. And I test it ahead of time. This way I know it’s good and how long it takes. And if you don’t want to make anything new this year- don’t.
Bonus Tip: Outsource Part of Your Meal
Seriously- buy something! It might sound strange coming from me because I love to cook and bake. More than that, I love enjoying my holiday and the people I’m with. I come from a family where everything is homemade. Look. If you are solely responsible for making dinner, and it’s early in your gluten-free journey there’s no shame in buying part of your meal. Grab some gluten-free bread. Try Schar or Canyon Bakehouse. Or maybe your local store makes a great side. Allow yourself some leniency and don’t feel like you have to make everything from scratch. Again, it’s about the people. This will give you more time to spend with the people you love.
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If you still need some recipe ideas, try these ideas:
65+ Best Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes from Allergy Free Alaska
What are your best Thanksgiving tips?