Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Gluten Free Holidays

I'm about to go Celiac on your ass. That's right, this is a gluten-free filled post, but with some things, you non-celiac, but gluten-friendly readers may enjoy.

The holidays can be a tough time to be celiac. What do I eat at these Holiday parties? Are naturally gluten-free choices like cheese and veggies safe, or have they been cross contaminated? Christmas cookies? Yup, the indulgence most people try to avoid, I HAVE to avoid, and sit and drool over them wondering if I could ever make a gluten free alternative to my mom's famous cut out cookies that would taste half as delicious as her's.

So, that's why I have a few great things for you celiacs and gluten-free lovers in my life these holidays.

Last night, I had a great gluten free meal at Wildfire Restaurant with my friend Kristin. I had eaten at their Minnesota location before I was gluten free, and it was delicious, but was anxious to try their gluten free menu.

Because of being in a nice suburb, and near the Vikings practice facility, the Minnesota location is a well known Cougar Den (if you don't know what that means, check it out on Urban Dictionary), their Virginia location had a different feel, with a vibrant bar area filled with people of all ages and several work holiday outings happening, making for a busy Tuesday night.

I had heard from my friend Amy that their gluten free menu was delicious and diverse, and she was not kidding. I had a side Caesar salad and a gluten free pizza with crumbled sausage and caramelized onions. Delicious. They have great gluten free practices, assured me of them, and I can't wait to go back. Plus, with it being a steak house, I know my husband will really enjoy this gluten free friendly restaurant because there's plenty of meat and potatoes for him! I meant to take a picture of my pizza before I ate the leftovers for lunch today, but it smelled so good, I gobbled it up before I remembered!

For gluten free at home eating, I found a great, easy, and wasn't even trying to be gluten free, recipe from Mellissa at Fit and Spicy Life I have to share with you all, her Bean and Feta Salad. It's easy, clean food, filling and delicious. I highly suggest you check out this recipe, and her blog for other great similar recipes. I made this in under ten minutes, and it made a huge portion!

Bean and Feta Salad for lunch!

Another easy to make gluten free recipe I've come to love with soups and salads is this gluten free cornbread. It is easy, delicious and no one can tell it's gluten free when I serve it to them!

Now, one of my favorite gluten free brands, Rudi's, is offering you a special gluten free Holiday gift pack you could win.

This "swag bag"includes: A Rudi's bag, a t-shirt (and I have this t-shirt, it's super comfortable, and great for lounging in), a coupon for Rudi's goods, Gluten Free Recipes, post it notes, a sandwich box, and a bread clip!

Awesome Swag Bag!

There are a few ways you can enter (and leave a separate comment for each entry)
  1. Leave a comment telling me what your favorite gluten free snack is
  2. Tweet the following and tell me that you did: "@AlexaTC is giving away @RudisGlutenFree #glutenfree Holiday swag bag, check it out!"
  3. Link this give away on your blog, and leave a comment with a link to it
  4. Leave a comment with a link to, or write out, a gluten free recipe

Rudi's is not paying me to endorse their brand, or do this giveaway, I am simply doing it because I love gluten free, great tasting, foods and want to share them.

The giveaway is open to enter until Friday, December 31, 2011 at 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

The randomly chosen winner must contact me at: by 11:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, or a new winner will be drawn.


Erin Slocum said...

My favorite gluten free snack is homemade chex mix.

Erin Slocum said...

I loved these cookies before going gluten free and am so glad that I was able to eat them again! Here's a link to a recipe someone posted. The one I've always used I just subbed in my gluten free flour mix but they show that on their recipe!

Sara Workman said...

My favorite GF snack is probably rice works chips or tortilla chips!

Kerri said...

My favorite is popcorn!

Bill Stokes said...

I love BBQ Potato Chips which GF in not a problem for the most part.

jess b said...

I have a friend that is celiac and this has been a whole new lifestyle for her but a learning experience for me.. I can't imagine.

Terri said...

My favorite gluten-free snack is Trader Joe's granola!

Kari said...

My favorite gluten-free snack is Paula Deen's (I know, I know) Peanut Butter Cookies. They were so good this Christmas!

Joanne said...

My favorite gluten free snacks would be a snicker's bar and Crunchmaster multi-grain crackers.

Anonymous said...

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RJ said...

Smucker's natural peanut butter with apple slices or celery sticks is delicious!

Lena said...

Rudi's original gluten free bread with homemade almond butter! YUM!

Lindsey said...

I love any gluten free bread - as bread is now a treat!

Lindsey said...

and a quick gluten free treat - flourless pb cookies -

1 cup pb
1 cup sugar (white or brown)
1 tsp baking powder
optional mini choc chips

mix all and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Yum!

Ann said...

My favorite gluten-free snack is fruit. Is that totally boring or what?

Ann said...

And I just tweeted your give-a-way. :)

Food Rookie said...

I love slicing apples and then topping the slices with almond butter!

Ann said...

Also - just blogged about your give-a-way. :)

Jess B said...

Fav gluten free snacks - Edamame or apple butter on a rice cake

Love your blog!