Friday, March 6, 2015

Gluten-Free St. Patrick's Day

Top o’ the mornin’ to ya – St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! It’s one of my favorite holidays, for more than a few reasons. First, it means spring has (almost?) arrived. Second, we all get to don our pinch-proof green attire and head out for a day or night of good times with good friends. And third, it brings with it a bunch of great, holiday-themed food and drink options.

However, as we gluten-free folks know, we’ve got to watch those food and drink options. The good news is, there are a ton of gluten-free meals, snacks and drinks we can prepare and consume to elevate our Irish spirits this St. Patty’s Day, and many more down the road.
Give some of these a shot!

Gluten-free corned beef and cabbage

Ah, a traditional Irish meal! Most corned beef at your local market should be gluten-free to less than 20 parts per million, but junk that spice packet that usually comes with it – it’s loaded with gluten. No worries about the cabbage, though!

Gluten-free shamrock sugar cookies

These gluten-free shamrock sugar cookies will be a hit, no matter if you're sending them with your kiddo to school or featuring them at your Patty party. You'll need a gluten-free flour blend, sugar, vanilla extract, a gluten-free butter substitute and (of course) green food coloring.

Gluten-free beer and whiskey

Hey now, St. Patrick’s day just wouldn’t be the same without some adult beverages. Gluten-free beers are becoming more popular, and most experts view whiskey as safe to drink because distillation removes almost all of the gluten. But be careful, because a large minority of people with Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity report symptoms after drinking it. And that green dye in the beers at the bar? It’s probably not gluten free – why not just bring your own food coloring?

Other cool ideas include thinly slicing green peppers horizontally across the body of the pepper to uncover its cool, internal shamrock shape; preparing cucumber rolls with gluten-free wraps to make a tasty, green treat; and turning a rectangular veggie tray into the Irish flag by loading up the left side with broccoli, middle with cauliflower and right side with carrots. How festive is that?!

Check out our Gluten-Free Holidays board on Pinterest for many more St. Patrick’s Day snack ideas!

And here are a few more links to that will help make your gluten-free St. Patty’s Day a memorable one. Keep those bellies full, spirits high and those Irish eyes a-smiling!

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