Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice that’s simmered in coconut milk and tossed with lime zest and cilantro makes the perfect gluten free and low carb side dish!

coconut lime cauliflower rice

Cauliflower rice. Have you had it? Move over startchy, carb-filled white rice because cauliflower rice is giving you a run for your money! The first time I made it I didn’t tell Erik what it was and served chicken stir fry over on top… guess what? He didn’t notice until I told him and he loved it!

I decided to put a twist on plain cauliflower rice by simmering it in coconut milk and tossing it with lime zest. This is the perfect addition to your meal, either as a side dish or throwing some veggies and/or meat on top!

I find cauliflower rice in a bag at Trader Joe’s (in the produce section), but I’ve also seen it at Costco (it’s not so finely riced though). If you can’t find these, don’t worry… it’s so easy! Literally grab a head of cauliflower and your food processor and in less than 5 minutes you can rice it yourself!

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and chopped (when you seed it, it’s no longer hot)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bag cauliflower rice OR 1 small cauliflower head cut into florets
  • 1 ¼ cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 limes, zest of
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. If using a head of cauliflower, add florets to food processor and pulse until it looks like rice. You may have to do this in a few batches depending on the size of your food processor. Make sure you pulse and not puree.
  2. Set cauliflower rice aside.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  4. Add onions and jalapeños, sauté for a few minutes until tender.
  5. Add garlic and cauliflower rice, stir so everything is evenly mixed. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in the coconut milk, stir and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and cauliflower is tender.
  7. Remove from heat and stir in lime zest, salt, pepper and cilantro.

coconut lime cauliflower rice

Enjoy!

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Tips for Gluten Free Air Travel

Tips for Gluten Free Air Travel

Air travel tends to be a little more challenging if you’re gluten free due to the lack of flexibility for you. From strict security restrictions, to unexpected flight delays. Just as with anything when you’re gluten free, preparation is key.

There is no reason you should avoid air travel just because you fear not being to find anything suitable to eat in the airport or on flight, or because you stress getting sick while traveling. 

Tips for Gluten Free Air Travel:

Bring Your Own Snacks/Food: Bringing your own food is the only way to 100% guarantee a safe meal for yourself. You don’t want to worry about food spoiling, especially if you have a long flight/layover so avoid anything that needs to be refrigerated. I always pack a ziploc bag filled with peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, gf crackers, gf cookies, protein bars, dried fruit, nuts, whole fruits (bananas, apples, etc.), carrot sticks, etc.

Getting Through Security: When deciding what to pack, keep in mind the security regulations. Travelers are allowed to bring 3.4 ounces of liquid or gel (per container) through security and it must be in a clear Ziplock bag (no larger than a quart). Don’t forget gel packs that keep your food cold also falls into this category, so that’s why I say you’re better off avoiding foods that need to stay cool. Also, don’t wrap anything in aluminum foil because it will interfere with x-ray machines.

Eat Before Your Flight: Since most short flights don’t offer meals and typically snacks on the flight aren’t gluten free, you will want to make sure you eat before your flight. Even if it’s a short flight, it never fails that your stomach will start rumbling as you look around at everyone snacking on their airline provided pretzels.

Research Airport Restaurants Beforehand: Just how you would research places to eat at your final destination, you need to do this for the airport as well. Even if you see that the airport has a restaurant you’re familiar with, make sure to call ahead of time and speak to someone regarding gluten free options. Often times airport restaurants have limited menus and differ from the same restaurant that’s not in an airport. Don’t be embarrassed to ask extensive questions regarding gluten free options (cross-contamination, how it’s prepared, ingredients, etc.). I don’t know about you, for me there is absolutely nothing worse than getting sick when you’re up in the air for hours just because you didn’t prepare ahead of time.  

Contact Your Airline Regarding a Gluten Free Meal: Most major global airlines offer gluten free meals for long flights where meals are offered. In order to get this, make sure your airline offers this at the time of booking. If so, it’s best to request this at the time you book your flight but then you MUST call the airline 48-72 hours prior to your flight to confirm your meal. I recommend you specify you have celiac, so they know your meal must be 100% gluten free.

Notify Your Flight Crew About Your Meal: Once you’ve boarded the plane, introduce yourself to the flight crew and double check they know and have your gluten free meal. This way you can feel comfortable knowing they’re aware of your situation and won’t give your meal to someone else who decides last minute they want a gluten free meal.  

Double Check Your Gluten Free Meal: Just as you would at a restaurant, when your meal is delivered double check with the flight attendant that it is in fact gluten free. Anything packaged that’s given to you (cookies, crackers, etc.) read the label to make sure it’s gluten free.

If you follow these simple rules while flying, you can safely enjoy your trip and not having to worry about getting sick from gluten!

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Slow Cooker Taco Soup

This taco soup recipe is the perfect way to modify your taco Tuesday! It’s simple, gluten free and hearty enough to fill you up!

slow cooker taco soup

This slow cooker taco soup is so easy to make that you just need to spend a few minutes preparing it in the morning, throw all your ingredients into your slow cooker and then let it cook! When you get home at the end of the day, not only will your house smell amazing but you will have a delicious meal waiting for you!

If you like the heartiness of chili and all the bold flavors of chicken tortilla soup, then this is calling your name! This recipe can easily be made gluten free just by purchasing gluten free ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 package of lean ground turkey (you can use beef if you prefer)
1 medium onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
Olive oil
1 (32 oz) box chicken broth
2 (10oz) cans diced tomatoes with chiles
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (10 oz) can enchilada sauce
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained and rinsed
1 package gf taco seasoning (McCormick makes a gluten free taco seasoning)
Sour cream, to garnish
Shredded cheese, to garnish
Green onions, to garnish
Corn chips, to garnish (I used Fritos)

Instructions:

Drizzle a little olive oil in saucepan. Add onions and bell peppers to pan, and sauté for a few minutes until onions become translucent.
Add turkey and brown. Drain any excess liquid.
Add ground turkey mixture to slow cooker, along with all other ingredients (minus the ingredients for garnishing).
Stir to combine and place lid on slow cooker.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
Serve soup warm with sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions and corn chips (or any of your other favorite garnishes!).

slow cooker & gluten free taco soup

Enjoy!

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2017 Gluten Free Tea List

gluten free tea list

I know what you’re thinking… Really? Tea? Do I really have to worry about gluten being in my tea bags? If you’re drinking plain tea- black or green, then you don’t need to worry about it having gluten in it, assuming it hasn’t been cross-contaminated with any gluten during processing.

On the other hand, many herbal teas add barley malt as sweetener or use roasted barley as an ingredient. As with anything when you’re gluten free, always make sure you read the labels or call the manufacturer before putting anything in your mouth!

Don’t worry, if you’re a tea drinker you have many options that are gluten free! Here’s a list of large brands that offer gluten free options, including some of their statements regarding their products.

Bigelow: All current Bigelow Teas are formulated to be gluten-free. According to the company “we do not use any of these grains in our products”.

Celestial Seasonings: The company states that most of their teas are gluten free, testing less than 20 parts per million. According to the company, “two of our teas (Roastaroma and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride) contain roasted barley, an ingredient that contains a form of gluten. We label every box of tea we make as either “gluten free” or “contains gluten” for your convenience.”

Great Value (Wal-Mart): According to Wal-Mart, the following are gluten free: Black Tea Iced Tea Brew (Bags)
– 100% Natural Green
– Naturally Decaffeinated Black
– Naturally Decaffeinated Green

Lipton: According to Lipton’s website they do not publish a list of gluten-free varieties. However, they state “we recommend that you read the label each time before buying our product. If gluten is present, it is clearly listed in plain language on the ingredient label (i.e., wheat flour, rye, barley, oats, and malt).” They also note, “We do not use any glue in the assembly of our Tea bags or tags. Where a staple is not used, we use pressure and heat to adhere the string to the tag and the bag.”

Mighty Leaf: According to their website,None of our blends contain wheat, rye, barley, or oats, so the tea itself is gluten-free.  However, our teas may be processed in a facility that also processes gluten products, opening up the risk for cross contamination”.

Numi Organic Tea: According to their website “All Numi Teas are gluten free. Our teas are packaged in facilities and on machines that do not process or work with gluten”.

Stash Teas: According to the company, We actively maintain signed statements from our ingredient suppliers stating that all ingredients purchased by Stash Tea Company are gluten-free. We do not use barley malt in any of our blends”.

Tazo: In an email from the company, “because Tazo products and ingredients are not tested for gluten content, we are unable to say that they are gluten free”.

Teavana Teas: According to a company representative, all of Teavana Teas are gluten free.

The Republic of Tea: The Company states, “The Republic of Tea is the first and only tea company in the United States to be certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO). This ensures most of our full-leaf and bagged teas are absolutely free of gluten and possible cross-contamination from gluten. You will find the Gluten-Free logo on teas and other products with the Gluten-Free certification”.

Tetley Teas: Stated on their website, “To the best of our knowledge, our products are gluten free and do not have any processing contact with products that contain gluten. However, we cannot guarantee 100% that our products are free from all traces of gluten. Tea is a natural product typically made from a number of origins where there is a very low risk of contamination from the supply chain environment”.

Twinings Teas: Twinings Teas are all gluten free and state, “Twinings products do not contain any of the major food allergens”.

Yogi Tea: According to their website, “All natural flavors used in Yogi teas are gluten-free as are the tea bag material and packaging. Yogi has over sixty varieties of tea, and only four of our current recipes contain barley malt, and therefore gluten: Calming, Healthy Fasting, Kava Stress Relief and Stomach Ease. At this time, we are pleased to share that we are in the final stages of examining the removal of barley malt from these four formulas without disrupting the flavor of the teas”.

If there is another brand that you’d like to know about, please let me know and I’ll be happy to find out for you!

**This list is for the US. If you’re in another country, please contact the manufacturer first.

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{gluten free} Cinnamon Roll Muffins

The gooey goodness you love about cinnamon rolls, but these muffins are gluten free and are made start to finish in less than 30 minutes!

gluten free cinnamon roll muffins

Cinnamon rolls are something I didn’t eat often, however they’re one of my most missed food items since going gluten free. Funny how that works, right? I didn’t realize how much I loved them until I can’t have them!

gluten free cinnamon roll muffins

Lets face it, the gooey wonderfulness of cinnamon rolls is something we all love, yet they’re quite time consuming to make the dough, let it rise, roll it out… etc. If you recall I made gluten free cinnamon roll bread last year and it was such a hit! In fact, it’s my most repinned recipe on Pinterest!

Since we all love cinnamon rolls, but don’t always have the time to make actual rolls and incase you want another option besides my gluten free cinnamon roll bread, I’ve made you these incredibly easy cinnamon roll muffins!

gluten free cinnamon rolls

Ingredients:

Muffin Batter:
2 cups gluten free flour (I use Cup4Cup)
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup sugar
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1 egg
1 cup milk

Filling and Topping:
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
¾ cup pecans, chopped
3 Tbsp butter, melted

Glaze:
1 Tbsp butter, melted
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners and set aside.
  3. Place your filling/topping ingredients to a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
  4. In another bowl, add gluten free flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix with a fork so evenly combined.
  5. In a large measuring cup, melt your butter and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
  6. Add milk and egg to your melted butter and whisk together.
  7. Pour this mixture into your dry ingredients. Don’t over mix. Just stir until combined.
  8. Stir in a little more than ½ of your filling/topping mixture to your batter and fold together. Again, don’t overly mix.
  9. Add batter to your muffin liners and top each one with the remaining filling/topping.
  10. Place in oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. While muffins are baking, make your glaze by mixing all ingredients together until smooth. Add more milk or powdered sugar until you get the consistency you prefer.
  12. Drizzle the glaze over warm muffins.

gluten free cinnamon roll muffins

Enjoy!

 

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10 Surprising Items that Contain Gluten

10 Surprising Item that Containing Gluten

For those of us following a strict gluten free diet, reading food labels is a part of life. Gluten is something we think about often, especially before we put anything into our mouths. Typically when you think of gluten being used in items, you think of it as a “glue” that holds food together or a sticky binding substance. The first items that come to mind are bread and pasta, since they have that elasticity texture.

Sorry to tell you, gluten is found in many items that may shock you! Manufacturers often add gluten to products as a stabilizer and thickener. You may be surprised to learn that many of these products, some non-food, contain hidden sources of gluten.

10 Surprising Items that Contain Gluten:

Imitation Seafood: Often times imitation crab you may find in sushi contains fillers made from wheat.

Licorice: Many brands of licorice contain wheat, such as Twizzlers.

Beauty Products: Even though you’re not ingesting beauty products, some products such as lipstick can easily enter your mouth. Many beauty products contain gluten in the form of wheat germ oil or hydrolyzed wheat protein. Hydrolyzed gluten is used to make emulsifiers and  stabilizers. Ingredients containing gluten in beauty products are listed under a variety of names. To see specific ingredients to avoid, click here!

Stamp and envelope adhesive: These often contain gluten as a “glue” for the products. Make sure you don’t lick envelopes and wash your hands after using stamps/stickers.

Play-Doh: Wheat flour is a main ingredient of Play-Doh. Even though you can’t absorb gluten through your skin, many children place their hands and toys in their mouths, which can cause contamination.

Medication: Some medications contain gluten-based filler ingredients. These ingredients are often added to the active drug, so many pharmaceutical companies won’t list this on the bottle. It’s important you discuss the ingredients with your pharmacist or call the pharmaceutical company directly. It’s recommended that you do this each time you get a new medication because pharmaceutical companies often change the inactive ingredients without warning. Generic drugs are more likely to contain gluten.

Vitamins and Supplements: As with medication, gluten may be used in vitamins and supplements as a binding agent.

Pet Food: Many brands of dog food, cat food (and kitty litter!) and fish food contain gluten. If you touch the food and then forget to wash your hands or if your pet licks you after eating, you could be getting contaminated.

Communion Wafers: Communion wafers are traditionally made from wheat, but now you can find some that are gluten free such as these.

Spices and Seasonings: In their pure form, spices and seasonings should be safe. However, be aware of spices with “declumping agents” as these often contain gluten. To see a complete list of gluten free seasonings click here.

As always, make sure you read labels and contact the manufacturer if you’re unsure. Also, when in doubt… go without!

Question:

  • Which item on this list surprises you the most?
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2016: Year in Review -The Best of MsModify

16 Year In Review MsModiify

What feels like the blink of an eye is the year coming to an end. 2016 overall was a great year for me both personally and professionally. In honor of the year ending, I thought today we could look back and reflect on some of the highlights from MsModify! I chose posts to share that had the most comments, re-pins, likes or just meant a lot to me.

January

Best Recipe: {gluten free} Cinnamon Roll Bread

Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Bread

 

Best Tip: {Updated} Gluten Free Cold/Flu Medication List

updated gluten free cold/flu medication list

February

Best Tip: Natural Sore Throat Remedy

at-home sore throat remedy

*Since we got married this month, I didn’t post as much

March

Best Recipe: Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup {dairy-free}

tomato basil soup

Best Tip: Sandals Resort- Royal Bahamian: Gluten-Free Review

Sandals Resort Gluten Free Review

Best Personal Experience: Bahamas Recap!

Best Personal Experience: Reliving my Wedding Day

April

Best Recipe: Gluten Free Greek Easter Cookies {Koulourakia}

gluten free Greek Easter Cookies

Best Tip: Plastic Microbeads in Beauty Products- Why it’s an issue and what you can do to help!

May

Best Recipe: {Gluten Free} Baked French Toast Casserole

overnight baked french toast casserole

Best Tip: Celiac Disease Resources

Best Personal Experience: 10 Reasons I’m Grateful for Celiac Disease…

10 Reasons I'm Grateful for Celiac Disease

June

Best Recipe: Greek Tacos

Greek Tacos

Best Tip: Gluten Free Dining in Phoenix

gluten free dining in Phoenix

Best Personal Experience: Erik is 30!

July

Best Recipe: Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

mediterranean quinoa salad

Best Tip: How to Avoid Gluten when Staying at Someone’s House

How to avoid gluten at someone's ouse

August

Best Recipe: Watermelon Lime Popsicles

watermelon lime popsicles

Best Tip: Back to School Part 1: 504 Plan & Students with Celiac

504 plan and students with celiac

September

Best Recipe: {gluten free} Enchilada Pasta Casserole

gluten free enchilada pasta casserole

Best Tip: Gluten Free Soup List

gluten free soup list

Best Personal Experience: Things I’d Tell My 20-Year-Old Self

Things I would tell my 20 year old self

October

Best Recipe: {gluten free} Pumpkin Cookies

gluten free pumpkin cookies

 

Best Tip: How to Dilute Essential Oils

How to Dilute Essential Oils

Best Personal Experience: Friday Favorites: Texas Trip Recap

November

Best Recipe: {gluten free} Cheese & Herb Bread

gluten free cheese & herb bread

Best Tip: Gluten Free Spices & Seasonings List

Gluten Free Spices and Seasonings List

December

Best Recipe:  {gluten free} Kourambiedes – Greek Christmas Cookies

gluten free Kourambiedes - Greek Christmas Cookies

Best Tip: Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contamination at Parties

Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contamination at Parties

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for sharing this journey called life with me! I look forward to seeing what 2017 brings and wish you all a healthy and happy New Year!!

Cheers to 2017!

xo, Kristina

 

 

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Gluten Free Alcohol List

gluten free alcohol list

When you’re following a strict gluten free diet, you not only need to be aware of what you can and can’t eat, but also which drinks you consume. Alcohol is something I find to be more on the difficult side when trying to determine what is and isn’t gluten free.

There is a big debate in the gluten free world regarding distilled alcohol. Most experts believe that distilled alcoholic beverages, even those made with gluten containing grains are safe to drink because all the gluten is removed during the distillation process. For me personally, I avoid all alcohol made with gluten containing grains, even those that have been distilled. It’s important that everyone does what works best for their body!

Gluten Free Beer (*Some of these brands are strictly gf and others offer gf options):

Gluten Free Hard Cider:

Gluten Free Vodka (I did not include gluten containing grains that have been distilled):

Gluten Free Tequila: When tequila is made the traditional way from a blue agave plant, it will be gluten free. In order to make sure your teguila is gluten free make sure the bottle says, “100% agave”.

Gluten Free Rum:

Wine and Champagne: Wine is made from grapes, so it’s considered gluten free. The only time wine can be a concern is when a wine sealant is used in wine barrels, and this can cause cross-contamination. Most wineries no longer use this wheat paste as a sealant, however if you’re concerned I recommend you call the winery.

Brandy and Cognac: Brandy and cognac are made from grapes, so they’re generally considered gluten free. Just watch out for any flavored versions. Here are some of the more popular brands:

Whiskey: Whiskey is made from gluten grains, however they’re distilled. As mentioned above, many people say the gluten is removed during the distillation process. Please drink with caution.

I get asked a lot about wine coolers. Wine coolers contain barley malt, so they’re not gluten free!

I included some of the more popular types of alcohol. If I left something out that you’re interested in, please just let me know!

Please keep in mind this list was made December 2016, so the status of the list can change any time after.

Cheers!

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{gluten free} Vasilopita- Lucky Greek New Year’s Cake

This traditional Lucky Greek New Year’s Cake called a Vasilopita, has a hint of orange flavor, is covered in powdered sugar and has a coin hidden inside for good luck! 

gluten free Vasilopita-Greek lucky New Year's Cake

My Greek culture plays a huge part of who I am and the older I get the more I realize that. Being Greek, we have so many traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. Food and family go hand in hand in our culture, so naturally many of these traditions revolve around food!

Vasilopita is something my family bakes and cuts on New Year’s Eve at midnight, or New Year’s Day every year. It can be made as a bread or cake, and you place a coin into the dough before baking. The bread/cake is sweet which symbolizes the sweetness and joy of life. The Vasilopita also represents the hope that the New Year will be filled with life, health and happiness.

You cut a piece for “the house” and one for each person. Whoever gets the coin has good luck for the entire year!

Gluten Free Vasilopita- Greek lucky New Year's Cake

I’ve shared this recipe in the past, however last time I made it in a bunt cake, whereas today I’m sharing the traditional way a Vasilopita is made.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups gluten free flour (I use Cup4Cup)
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • Powdered Sugar
  • A Coin

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9-10 inch cake or bunt pan.
  3. In a bowl, cream the sugar and butter.
  4.  Add the orange juice, vanilla and orange zest. Mix with a mixer.
  5. Add the eggs to the butter mixture and mix.
  6.  In a medium bowl mix the flour and baking powder and add to the wet ingredients and mix.
  7. Add the coin in the batter. The batter will be thick.
  8. Pour batter in the pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  9.  Bake for about 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  10.  Remove from oven and let cool.
  11. Release cake from pan, turn right side up and sprinkle top with powdered sugar.
  12. Cut the cake and hope you get the coin!

I hope your family tries our family tradition!  Enjoy!

 

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Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contamination at Parties

Avoiding Gluten Cross-Contamination at Parties

With Christmas being this weekend, that means lots of food and parties! Of course those of us who need to be on a strict gluten free diet don’t attend parties and intentionally eat gluten! However, whenever eating gluten free food that has been prepared in the same kitchen as gluten, we always run the risk of cross-contamination.

Trust me, I know attending parties centered around food when you’re gluten free can be stressful, but they don’t need to be! It’s normal that you don’t want to stand out as the weird person that’s paranoid about food… I get it more than you know! I follow these rules when going to parties and don’t have to worry about getting sick!

Tips on Avoiding Cross-Contamination at Parties:

Call Ahead of Time: Don’t forget to be prepared and plan ahead! If you’re invited to a party at someone’s house call ahead and see what they’re serving. This way you can have an idea if there is anything you can eat. Also, ask the host if you can bring a dish for everyone (this way you know for sure you can eat something!). If you’re attending a party at a restaurant, call ahead and speak to the manager about gluten free meal options. If you don’t feel comfortable with their options or preparation, let the manager know you will be bringing in outside food due to your dietary restrictions  (I do this all the time and have never had an issue).

Avoid the Wood Cutting Board: Don’t eat anything that has been cut on a wood cutting board, or even if it’s just being used for cheese and fruit. The reason for this is because wood is porous, so no matter how much they’ve been scrubbed small amounts of gluten can stay in them.

Pass on the Butter: Even if you know the butter is gluten free and you’re eating a gluten free dinner roll, chances are the butter at someone’s house (a non-gf kitchen) contains bread crumbs on it (kind of gross.. I know!) even if you can’t see any. Always ask for a new stick of butter.

Bring an Appetizer or Dessert for Everyone: Even if the host says you don’t need to bring anything, bring something! This way you know you can safely eat and I guarantee everyone will love that you did. I always bring gluten free dessert to parties, and I’ve never had a host be upset about it! Chances are people will say “wow this is gluten free?!”.

Pack Your Own Meal: If you don’t think there are safe gluten free options for you, just pack your own meal! It’s best for you to call the host ahead of time to see what they’re serving so you can do something similar. I don’t mean cook the same meal, but if it’s a party with just appetizers and drinks, then I would just pack that.

Eat Ahead of Time: That’s right! Never go to a party on an empty stomach because just incase there are no safe gluten free options, you don’t want to get tempted to try something!

Avoid the Dips: Even if you think you’re just dipping your veggies into the bowl of hummus or guac, don’t do it! Someone may have just dipped their gluten containing chip/cracker into the same dip, leaving traces of gluten in it! I always pack individual packets of hummus with me.

Serve yourself First: If they’re serving buffet style, always be in the front of the line. I know this sounds rude, but really who cares! You need to worry about not getting sick and this is important so that you can use clean serving utensils for gluten free items first and not have to worry about them being used on gluten items.

Know your Alcohol: Avoid beer, unless it’s labeled “gluten free”. Stick to wine and distilled alcohol. Avoid pre-made mixtures and try to use soda or fresh fruit juice.

Over the years I’ve learned not to make it a big deal and just to have fun. If you’re in control and act like it’s not a big deal, chances are others will too! Just plan ahead and be prepared so you can enjoy yourself and not have to worry about what you can eat! Remember why you’re there… it’s not about the food, it’s about enjoying the company of other people!

And… as always…when in doubt, go without!

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