Man, sometimes having dietary restrictions is TOUGH! Especially when you want to hang out with friends by going out to dinner or attending a gathering at someone’s house. This came up for me when I went to a friend’s house to watch the SuperBowl this past weekend and could not eat Gluten or Dairy. Its hard enough to resist the unhealthy snacks, but having explain your reasoning is also uncomfortable sometimes. That’s why, this year, I decided to bring my very own snack/meal that mimicked “mainstream” party snacks. I bought ALL of my supplies from Greenstar and was surprised at how easy everything was to put together. What I find is that people are interested in trying the “gluten-free” version…and sometimes you can even inspire someone! Check out what I made!
There is often cheese and crackers at a party. So, I purchased Mary’s Gone Crackers herb crackers, Treeline Cashew Cheese (I am obsessed with this right now) and a bag of organic dried figs from the bulk department. I made a beautiful plate of the crackers with some smeared cashew cheese and a thin slice of fig. They were gorgeous and so delicious. Maybe it’s been a long time for me, but I swear that cashew cheese tastes like the real thing!
Next, as a main course, I took a Gluten Free Pizza Crust from Rustic Crust (this is my favorite option right now-by far the fewest ingredients!), put some Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce on and a ton of Daiya Shredded Mozzarella style cheese and put it in the oven. After it was done, I topped with with capers and salad greens. A salad pizza! It was delicious. The crust comes in a package of two so there was enough for me and enough to share with anyone who wanted to try.
Now, I am not one for “replacements” in my diet. If I want to avoid dairy and gluten, I just don’t eat it and focus on my vegetables, proteins, fats and occasional gluten-free grains. BUT every once in a while, these types of foods are a total treat. They are great to take to parties or even to serve at your house when people are coming over.