With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here are some fun gluten-free, and just overall healthy recipes that you can use to make your Thanksgiving, or any other holiday, both healthy and tasty!



While these three recipes are a perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday, they can be used for any other time of the year you like. Don’t feel the need to limit yourself to enjoying healthy meals to only one day a year!



The first recipe is for a delicious gluten-free stuffing recipe. Most stuffing is commonly made with bread, but this recipe uses either wild or brown rice as the base. This makes it both tasty and exotic!



Wild or Brown Rice Stuffingbrown rice

Servings: 4

Ingredient:
1 onion, finely chopped
2 Tb. Vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups wild or brown rice
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
Salt, pepper
1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, walnuts,
pine nuts, or pecans, chopped
1/3 cup currants, dried cherries,
raisins, or dried apricots
1 Tb. Chopped thyme
4 scallions, thinly sliced

Instructions:

1. Saute the onion in the oil in a
medium saucepan for about
three minutes until tender.

2. Add the rice and sauté 2
minutes while stirring.

3. Add the stock and a good
pinch of salt then cover.

4. Bring to a boil over med-hi
heat.

5. Reduce heat to low and cook
until tender. Wild rice this
takes about 45-55 minutes
while brown rice should take
about 25 to 30 minutes.

6. Drain any remaining liquid and
transfer to serving dish.

7. Add remaining ingredients
(nuts and berries, etc.) and
toss well.

8. Season for taste and serve
warm.



The next recipe is a desert recipe, but it contains no sugar, gluten, or dairy. This banana bread recipe, though technically a dessert, is also great for breakfast or snacks. A note about sugar substitutes: This recipie is best with some type of sweetener added, but obviously sugar is the least healthy choice. The recommended sweeteners are the sugar alcohols manitol, sorbitol, xylitol, erythritol, etc. These are sweet, gente, and perfectly safe when consumed in moderation. Too much can cause loose or irritated bowels in sensitive individuals. Each, however, requires a different amount to reach the appropriate sweetness level. The table sugar equivalent for the recipe is given, but you must determine the appropriate amount of the sugar substitute to use.





Banana Breadbanana bread

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

1/3 cup safflower
2/3 cup sugar equivalent
2 large eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups baking flour (Use Bob’s
Red Mill All-Purpose Gluten-Free
Baking Flour, found at Whole Foods)
2 tsp. Baking powder
1 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Xanthum gum
1 1/2 cups ripe banana, mashed
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts, or
sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raisins or mulberries

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Take a 9 in. x 5 in. bread pan
and coat inside with thin layer
of safflower oil.

3. In a large bowl, mix together
the eggs, Sweet Spot®,
safflower oil, vanilla extract
and baking flour.

4. Add the xantham gum and
baking powder to the mixture.

5. Add cinnamon and mashed
bananas.

6. Stir in nuts and berries.

7. Beat the resulting batter until
mixture is soft.

8. Place the finished batter in the
bread pan and bake in oven
for 1 hour.

9. Remove from oven and let
cool until safe to touch bare
handed.

10. Turn pan upside down and
retrieve loaf, then slice and
serve.



The third recipe is a traditional European holiday recipe perfectly complimentary to a complete Thanksgiving meal. This red cabbage recipe is quite delicious and requires a simple Dutch oven to make.





German Red Cabbagered cabbage

Ingredients:
1 medium head red cabbage, cored
and sliced
2 large tart apples, peeled, sliced,
and cubed
1 medium sweet onion, sliced and
separated into rings
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup (organic) apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar substitute equivalent
1 tsp. salt
6 whole peppercorns
1 cinnamon Stick
2 whole cloves
2 tsp. Potato starch

Directions:

1. In a Dutch oven, toss
cabbage, apples and onion.

2. Add water, vinegar, Sweet
Spot®, and salt.

3. Place the peppercorns,
cloves, and cinnamon stick on
a double thickness of
cheesecloth; bring up corners
of cloth and tie with kitchen
string to form a bag.

4. Add to Dutch oven and bring
to a boil.

5. Reduce heat; cover and
simmer for 1-1/4 hours.

6. Remove and discard spice
bag.

7. To thicken, combine potato
starch and cold water in a
small bowl and stir until
smooth.

8. Add starch mix into Dutch
oven then cook and stir for 1-2
minutes, or until thickened.



These recipes should add a nice healthy touch to your Thanksgiving and save you from some of the unwelcome after effects of less health oriented dinner choices. Enjoy!