I woke up.
It's that time of year again. The time of year where the leaves start to turn golden brown, fireplaces begin to ignite, and a faint sense of holiday cheer fills the air. For most of the population, its time to break out those aprons and oven mitts and start baking, whisking and stirring. It's the season of indulgence. For a small population though, it's a time of ultimate temptation. Our feasting is solely limited to what we consume in our dreams. And I must say, after a few mentions of holiday parties and after watching one too many episodes of Holiday Cupcake Wars, my decadent food related dreams are becoming quite vivid.
Unfortunately, when festivities roll around, Lyme Disease, Chronic Illness, Celiac Disease and Food Allergies don't take a holiday. Food sensitivities are the gift that never stops giving. For most of us, our food related symptoms are so drastic and consuming allergens are so detrimental that it isn't worth indulging with the rest of the population. The resulting weeks of hives, swelling, digestive upset, dizziness, migraines, immune suppression and overall feeling of malaise is just not worth the moment of taste-bud related satisfaction.
Yet, even though we may not be able to participate in feasting on the traditional glutenous, creamy, sugar filled dishes, our tastebuds don't have to be entirely deprived. A handful of talented and creative gluten free bloggers have whipped up some delicious recipes that may be just as good (and definitely much healthier) than the conventional tried and true favorite holiday dishes. So, I've created a recipe round up comprised of gluten free, refined sugar free, corn free, soy free, nightshade free, peanut free, shellfish free, egg free dishes that aren't free of flavor or holiday spirit. It's my hope that at least one of them satisfies one of your Christmas cravings, Thanksgiving temptations, or harrowing Halloween Hankerings.
Instead of traditional Candied Apples or Caramel Apples-
The Little House on The Canyon's Coconut Covered Apples
Instead of those notorious Halloween party Doughnut Holes-
Cats in The Kitchen's Gluten Free Carrot Cake Bites
Healthy Blender Recipe's Raw Vegan Mango Coconut Ball
Instead of Conventional Pumpkin Pie-
Real Sustenance's Gluten and Dairy Free Pumpkin "Cheesecake"
Instead of Mashed Potatoes and Cranberry Sauce-
The Prairie Homestead's Whipped Carrots and Cranberries
Instead of a Stuffed Butterball Turkey-
Primal Palate's Roasted Turkey Breast and Asparagus
Instead of Candied Sweet Potatoes and Stuffing-
Elana Pantry's Acorn Squash and Cranberry Apple Stuffing
Instead of Gingerbread Cookies-
Sketch Free Vegan's Gluten Free Gingersnaps
Instead of Green Jello Salad or Holiday Jello Pie-
Wheat Free Meat Free's Avocado Pie
Instead of Chocolates, Candy Canes and Christmas Cookies-
Healthy Blender Recipes's Raw Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Instead of Eggnog-
Healthy Blender Recipe's Creamy Cranberry Smoothie
Elana's Pantry's Vegan Eggnog
Whether you are a Late Stage Lyme Patient, Gluten Free Feaster, or you are merely a Health Conscious Holiday Celebrator, I wish you a very happy, healthy holiday season.