If you eat a gluten-free diet, Thanksgiving dinner can be a tricky meal to navigate. From the processed foods (many use gluten as a thickening agent) to the pie, there's gluten in a lot of dishes—especially the stuffing recipes. So we put together a list of five gluten-free grains for you to use in your stuffing recipe (just be sure to use gluten-free broth if your stuffing recipe calls for it!). Super tasty and boosting nutritional benefits all their own, your guests may not even know that they're eating a gluten-free stuffing recipe!
5 Grains to Make Your Stuffing Recipe Gluten-Free
1. Gluten-free cornbread. It's pretty easy to find gluten-free cornbread at health food stores, so swap your usual stuffing recipe out for cornbread for a fun twist on a Thanksgiving favorite.
2. Wild rice. With a pleasant nutty flavor and a chewy texture, wild rice makes a great stuffing-recipe alternative. High in niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, potassium and phosphorus, it's also really nutritious. Try this Wild Rice with Dried Cranberries recipe!
3. Quinoa. Higher in protein than other grains, this gluten-free grain alternative is great in a stuffing recipe. Whip it up for Thanksgiving with this Herbed Quinoa recipe!
4. Millet. This gluten-free grain comes in white, gray, yellow or red, making it a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Try this Vegan Sweet Potato Millet Pie instead of your usual stuffing recipe to give millet a try!
5. Gluten-free bread. If you just have to have the texture of a bread, opt for a loaf of gluten-free bread from your local health store. It may not taste quite as yummy as the normal stuff, but it'll give you the stuffing texture you're looking for!
Are you following a gluten-free diet? What's in your stuffing recipe?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.