The 4th of July is for celebrating and spending time with our friends and family. However, no celebration is complete without good food. Which is always tricky for the celiac and gluten intolerant. But being gluten free doesn’t mean you have to stand around while everyone else enjoys what you can no longer have. We just have to be a little more careful so we don’t get glutened (which would be no fun at all). One way to assure that won’t happen is to plan a few things that you can eat. Preparation is the key. But by no means does it mean spending hours and hours in the kitchen. By selecting a few GF prepared items like those seen below, you’ll free yourself up to more fully enjoy your day (and those fireworks).
Whether you enjoy a *gluten free hot dog, hamburger, or a vegetarian version, both Rudi’s and Udi’s make delicious hot dog and hamburger buns – lightly toasted or grilled – just make sure it’s not cooked on a part of the grill or with utensils where there can be cross-contamination! (This is a teriyaki burger with grilled pineapple, and sauteed mushrooms flavored with San J‘s gluten free teriyaki sauce. It also makes a great dipping sauce!)
Speaking of vegetarian burgers/patties…I offer the following two for your consideration:
(This was served on my homemade flat bread.)
If you prefer to BBQ something other than hot dogs or burgers San J has a lot of fabulous flavors that may be used as marinades or drizzled over the top. They’re also pretty great on those burgers too! Meat or vegan.
And what would a feast be without side dishes? Deviled eggs and potato salad are great choices. Just be sure and make them with **GF mayonnaise!
Gluten free baked beans or a GF pasta salad like this one, are also a welcome addition. (And if you choose a gluten free pasta like Barilla, as I did here, no one will believe it’s gluten free!)
Of course there are a lot of other naturally gluten free choices – like corn on the cob, a fresh green salad (just watch those croutons and that salad dressing for gluten), or how about a super quick and easy Caprese salad like this one?
I got these fun, festive little sparkler party picks from Amazon.com but you can probably pick them up at your local party store.
And this feta mint watermelon bowl is a super refreshing option.
Finally, everyone’s favorite…dessert. Whether it be ice cream, GF brownies, cupcakes or the like, there’s no reason you can’t partake in a sweet treat too. Our 4th of July preference was always strawberry shortcake, so I came up with a GF version of those little sponge cakes. Only mine are lightly flavored with real strawberries. Top with whipped cream or a non-dairy cream. (Canned coconut milk also works great. I always have good luck with Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened. Just chill the can the day before. Skim off the cream and whip with a little vanilla and sugar and you’re good to go!)
So as you can see, whether you suffer from celiac or have a gluten sensitivity, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy the holiday too! Here’s to a safe and happy one!