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iStock 610673602 CroppedThis year, instead of bringing boring brownies or bland crackers to your holiday get together, try out some of our gluten free favorites like loaded cauliflower crisps and chocolate dipped cherries. Ditching gluten at the door during all your festivities can help you feel better about overindulging while you enjoy time with friends and family.

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Cauliflower Crisps

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray, for pan

3 Cups of cauliflower

2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

Dash of salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

5 slices bacon, cooked crispy and chopped

1 tbsp. finely chopped chives

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425° and grease a baking sheet.

Chop the cauliflower into small pieces and boil for about five minutes or until tender.

Place the boiled cauliflower on the baking sheet and top with salt, pepper and olive oil and garlic powder.

Top each cauliflower with a dash of cheddar cheese, bacon and chives. Bake the cauliflower pieces in the oven for about 15 minutes or until crispy.

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Chocolate Dipped Cherries

Ingredients:

1 bag of dark cherries

1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips

1 Tbsp. of coconut oil

Walnuts, coconut, chocolate sprinkles

Place one Tbsp. of coconut oil in a pot, wait until it’s melted and chocolate chips

Once chocolate chips are melted, grab a cherry by the stem and dip in chocolate

If desired, roll the chocolate covered cherry in walnuts, coconut or sprinkles. Toppings are not required, but can add a festive touch to this gluten free dish.

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Sweet Potato Winter Salad

 

2 cups spinach

1 Cooked sweet potato

½ Cup cooked chickpeas

½ Cup cranberries

½ Cup sunflower seeds

Mix the spinach, chickpeas, cranberries and sunflower seeds into a large bowl and set aside. Next, chop up the sweet potato into cubes and place on top of the salad. Top with balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and sea salt for a guilt free and gluten friendly lunch.

By sampling one of these recipes, you can  integrate a gluten free diet into your holiday routine.

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