A Gluten Free Holiday I: Staying Healthy Over the Holidays–with Coconut Raspberry Truffle Cups

Welcome to A Gluten Free Holiday 2010, the brainchild of Amy from Simply Sugar and Gluten Free! I’ve got lots to share today, so grab a cup of coffee and a (gluten free) biscotti, and read on! To enter the giveaway, click here :) [Update, November 10:  The contest is now closed.  Thanks, everyone, for entering!]

I’m delighted to be kicking off the gluten-free festivities here at DDD with some tips about how to stay healthy through the holidays.  Be sure to check this space every Thursday for five more themed posts from other gluten free bloggers. And please link up any healthier holiday recipes you have, via the linky tool at the bottom of this post–and don’t forget to enter to win one of two fabulous cookbooks by much-loved gluten free authors!

Those of you who read my blog regularly likely know two things about me: 1) I have been struggling with weight issues on and off for many years; and 2) I don’t believe in diets that impose too many “rules.”  I don’t count calories, points, or carb grams.  At the same time, I do believe–resolutely–in eating real, whole, healthy foods, and that the weight will take care of itself (so far, in the past couple of years, it’s worked for me: my weight dropped 45 pounds and has stabilized within a 5 pound margin by eating this way).

Still, the holidays can be tricky.  We all love to eat delicious food, and so much of it abounds this time of year! One thing I’ve learned after navigating this holiday land mine for the past two decades or so is to ensure that I never feel deprived.  It’s easy to “overcompensate” when everyone around you is drinking champagne, scarfing chocolate truffles, gulping eggnog or gorging on shortbread–and all you have are some celery sticks with almond butter. 

[Does this look like deprivation to you?]

My holiday food survival guide doesn’t include deprivation, “eating a small meal before going to a party” (that never worked for me: I ate the small meal beforehand, then still ate a full meal at the party); or living on liquids the day before a social event.  However, it does allow you to indulge, enjoy, and still avoid weight gain. Here are my own–albeit slightly unconventional–tips for staying healthy over the holidays.

1) Keep to your regular routine as much as possible.  This isn’t an “eating” rule per se, but it’s so crucial, I’m putting it first. Our bodies like routine.  I once read that Madonna rises at the exact same time each morning and works out even if she’s been on stage and out partying until 3:00 AM that same day.  Though you may be socializing more than usual at this time of year, if you can retain a semblance of your usual schedule, your body will recover faster.  And sleepy people tend to eat more, which can also lead to weight gain.  So try to keep to your regular sleep routine and keep exercising, even if it’s less than usual: take the stairs at work, park a bit farther and walk, march in place while you brush and floss your teeth (yes, I’ve been known to do this), do bicep curls in the car at red lights,  whatever you can.  

2) Go for quality rather than quantity, and consume whole food ingredients whenever possible. Sure, the seven-layer dips and cheese balls and canapes are incredibly appealing, and you shouldn’t deny yourself if that is what you really want.  But if you look for the nutritional value of the foods as your primary criterion, you’ll find you naturally eschew anything processed, artificial, or sugar-laden.  For me, the choice is easy because I can’t eat refined carbs (white sugar, white flour, etc.)–I will naturally gravitate toward the veggie tray, for instance.  According to this rule, even roasted nuts would be preferable to crackers and dip, though yes, they are probably higher in fat than the former. Since they’re also more nutritious and more satisfying, I find I’m happy eating a bit less, so it evens out in the end. If you stick to “real” in whatever you eat, you’ll find that naturally eliminates a lot of the holiday excess.

3) Don’t feel you have to “save the best for last.” In the past, I’d approach a holiday buffet table with the mind set, “I’ve got to try every food I like.” Yet I’d start with salads and veggies because they were “healthier.”  Then I’d want to eat the main dishes I liked, too, and by the time I reached the desserts, I’d be stuffed.  But who says you can’t start with dessert?  You may find that after a little piece of (real) apple pie, you are happy with nothing more than a cup of tea or a serving of veggies.  And since you’ve been maintaining your regular whole-foods diet at home, this little detour won’t impact your nutritional balance in any lasting way.  

[Everyone will want to share if you show up to a party with these babies!]

4) If you really want to enjoy dessert with abandon, it’s best to bring your own. I’ve gotten in the habit of volunteering to bring dessert whenever I’m invited to someone’s home for dinner.  That way, I know that I can enjoy the dessert with everyone else, and the other guests never know they’re eating something “healthy.” These raspberry-filled truffle cups are a perfect indulgent treat, and one that contains good-for-you ingredients. They’re sweet, rich, delicious–and you won’t feel as if you are missing a thing.  In fact, you might wish to make a double batch to ensure that you actually get some before they’re all scooped up! (See recipe, below.)

5) Remember that the real purpose of the holidays is to connect with people who are important to you; so focus on the human interactions and not the interactions of food and your mouth.  If you concentrate on socializing and enjoying your friends and family, you may find that sampling all the holiday comestibles becomes a bit less important in your list of priorities this time of year. But even if you veer from your preferred eating habits, don’t berate yourself; move on and return to your regular habits the following day.  

Andrew Weil, the popular doctor-cum-alternative health guru has some relevant advice in his bestselling book, Eating Well for Optimum HealthAs Weil points out, sometimes the social aspect of eating has a larger impact on our overall health than the specific nutritional value of the food.  He concludes with an anecdote illustrating that when “food is blessed by being shared, by being eaten in fellowship amidst conversation and laughter. . . all food is ‘health’ food.” I couldn’t agree more.

Here’s to a healthy, happy (gluten free) holiday season!

 

And now that we’ve eaten, let’s have some prizes!

As promised, each installment of the Gluten Free Holiday event brings with it giveaways!  If all this talk of healthy gluten free food and dessert is making you hungry, you can enter to win one of two amazing cookbooks–we’ve got four books to give away!  To learn more and enter the giveaway, just click here! (Sorry for the extra click–I am abiding by the rules set out by BlogHer, which stipulate that I can’t post a giveaway on the main page of my blog.)

Of course, you’re still welcome to link up a healthier recipe at the bottom of this page–it will still count as an entry!

PLEASE NOTE: This is not an exclusively vegan event as there are six different hostesses participating and not all of us are vegan. It’s the holidays: let’s open our kitchens to everyone on this one! :D

The contest is now closed.  Thanks, everyone, for entering! :)

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  1. Ooh those truffle look delicious, I love raspberries, in fact they’re probably tied with peard as my favorite fruit. At the holidays I always make several healthy appetizer dips and spreads. Last year I made a creamy curried butternut squash and cashew spread and baba ghannouj. I also love to make roasted fall vegetables. They’re delicious and most people gobble them up!

  2. …Staying healthy with truffle cups…I love the way you make that happen! Yum! They look sumptuous.

    • Thanks! I firmly believe that dessert is part of a healthy diet! And with these, you use good fats, control the amount of sweetener (no sugar, either) and use fresh fruit. . . all good for ya! :D

  3. Do these truffle cups count as healthy? I can imagine them becoming a favorite holiday food, right up there with salad! :D
    I always like to provide a fresh fruit salad as a dessert choice.

  4. alisa joy says:

    ooohh…these look incredible!

    i love to make a sauce/compote of apples (or pears) and fresh cranberries. i chop up the apples, add a little water, toss in the cranberries and simmer the living daylights out of everything. a dash of agave or stevia and some cinnamon and cloves makes for a tasty compote on top of gluten-free pancakes or rice! plus, it makes the house smell great!

  5. alisa joy says:

    i became a fan on facebook!

  6. alisa joy says:

    subscribed via google reader!

  7. Hi there – clearly I am missing something because I cannot seem to find the Linky tool. Will check back later but in the meantime here is the link to my post for this event: http://www.citylifeeats.com/2010/11/healthier-through-holidays.html

  8. I don’t own either book but the Blackberry quinoa muffins from the Allergen-free baker’s handbook look lovely, as do the wide variety of recipes in Ali and Tom’s book (which I have been eyeing for a while online but have never seen in person).

  9. Cybele’s Thai Noodle Salad with Chicken would be lovely – I would make it with tofu or tempeh for a lunchbox, or perhaps with chicken for dinner: http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1345

  10. Ali’s Spicy Butternut Squash stew looks amazing: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2008/12/spicy-butternut-squash-stew.html

  11. I subscribe to your blog.

  12. Follow you on twitter.

  13. And facebook too! I will be back later to see if the Mr. Linky is up.

  14. Yum! So – do you have any advice on subbing powdered stevia for liquid? I bought some powdered at Trader Joe’s ’cause it’s a lot cheaper than the liquid, but all my favorite recipe writers use liquid. (Silly me.)

    • You can use the same volume, apparently–about 1/4 tsp is 5-6 drops, and use 1/4 tsp of the powder in most cases. There’s a handy chart on one of the stevia websites–will look for it to send!

  15. I visited Cybele’s blog….. Blueberry Boy Bait it is!
    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=606

  16. I visited Ali and Tom’s blog and I want to try the raw caramel dip: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/09/raw-caramel-dip-for-apples.html

  17. I follow you on Twitter.

  18. I follow you Facebook, too.

  19. Fave holiday food: that is a tough one. Either my brother’s mashed potatoes or mini pumpkin cheesecakes.

  20. AWESOME first post for Gluten-Free Holiday! I love those coconut raspberry treats. Decadent! Yum.

  21. I linked up to a post on Healthy Holiday Tips with links to my favorite GF holiday recipes. Your recipe looks incredible, Ricki!

  22. Cybele’s Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps have my mouth watering!
    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=501

  23. I follow you on Twitter.

  24. I’m a DDD fan on Facebook.

  25. Brussel Sprouts ARE my favorite and perfect for holiday meals. They seem to go with everything!

  26. The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook sounds amazing! I would love to try the Spinach and Tofu Enchiladas with Spicy Ancho Chili Sauce. YUMMERS!

    By the way Ricki, your tuffles look so decadent!!! I need time to make these.

  27. @singerinkitchen subscribes to your twitter page!

  28. Thanks for the helpful tips! I like the last one the best; holidays should be all about the people and the love. :)
    My favorite healthy dish during the holidays is vegan spinach and artichoke dip, made with nutritional yeast and cashews instead of cheese. I think it’s even more delicious than the “original,” and, apparently, so do my family and friends, because they always devour it.

  29. I am a fan on Facebook too!

  30. I subscribed to your blog by email! Sorry I had not done it before! :(

  31. Oh, and I was just looking through the index of The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, and plum coffee cake muffins sound amazing!

  32. I love cranberries during the holidays…spice cranberry sauce, muffins, with cheese, etc…

  33. My favorite healthy holiday food? Too many to pick one. I make lots of yummy things with seasonal veggies, and I love them all (though last year I made roasted root veggies with a maple cardamom glaze and those were pretty amazing!)

  34. Wow, these cookbooks look amazing…and I don’t have either one! I would love to make the lemon poppy seed bundt cake from Allergen Free. Sounds delicious!!

  35. I browsed through Cybele’s blog, but just kept coming back to the first page. Donuts…mmmm!!

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

  36. First of all, those truffles look amazing – almost too pretty to eat :).

    I also headed over the the Allergen-Free Baker’s blog and this chocolate bbq sauce sounds so good – kind of like a mole sauce, I would love to try it on tofu or chicken! (this is the recipe link – http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1588)

  37. Ricki, you always have the best holiday ideas. I love those truffles!
    Our hlidays are already pretty healthy, my Dad usually cooks a vegan meal. My favourite are his tofu and vegetable fritters.

  38. I am definitely making the Butternut Squash Casserole with Sage & Shallots from Ali & Tom’s blog. Wow, looks and sounds amazing.

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/butternut-squash-casserole-with-sage.html

  39. I follow you on Twitter.

  40. My favorite healthy food is sweet potatoes – but I need to come up with something innovative to do with them for the SOS challenge! I mostly just love them roasted and topped with toasted pecans and little sea salt! I even had this for breakfast this morning with a side of sauteed greens :) Yummy!

  41. I “liked” you on Facebook!

  42. Ricki – I love your tips. I have surrendered to the fact that if I’m in Ohio for Christmas I have to eat meat & veggies. I know, not fun but I’m not there long enough to cook for myself and no one has ever tried to cook for me. Or I would totally take your advice and bring my own dessert. :) And, yes, regular routine is important. In fact, that’s what my post is all about…my boring old regular routine. It works.

    Thanks so much for being the most gracious host and helping spread the word about how to have a happy & fulfilling Gluten-Free Holiday. Sending big hugs!
    Amy

  43. I would also love to try Ali and Tom’s Adzuki bean and yam hash (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/01/adzuki-bean-yam-hash.html). I love beans, but they don’t always love me. I heard for a long time that adzukis were some of the easiest to digest, I tried them for the first time this week and didn’t seem to have any tummy problems. I’m excited to try some more recipes using them, and as I already said in my previous comment I love sweet potatoes so this recipe sounds like a real winner!

  44. Wonderful recipe and great holiday tips! I simply love anything “pumpkin” during the holidays…my other favorites are Pumpkin Pecan Pie, Chili-Spiced Carrots and Cranberry Orange Relish…never have a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal without them! I have also subscribed to your blog and became a fan on your FB page.

  45. I love the turkey. Yes, I like crustless pumpkin pie, yes, I like maple mousse, but I love the turkey. =)

  46. Ooh! I can’t wait to try the Truffles. Clicking on your site for the first time from Amy’s (SS&GF). thank you for all of the great tips! I love holiday cookies! So I always bring my GFSF pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. That way the kids and I can indulge without getting sick! I just made them for my daughter’s Halloween party at school too, I love when little ones gobble up GF whole grains, flax, pumpkin and other healthy ingredients with no idea they just ate food good for their bodies and brains…now if we could just reach all of their parents! Looking forward to diving into all of your site info, thank you so much!

  47. Pumpkin Butter shortbread made with homemade pumpkin seed butter instead of dairy butter or scary margarine…and brown rice flour instead of all-purpose flour and of course maple syrup to sweeten. The best part is dunking these cookies in some dark chocolate (at least 70%) and letting them set up in the fridge… Happy holidays always include chocolate :)

  48. Following you on Twitter and “liked” you on Facebook :)

  49. Ali and Tom’s The Whole Life Nutrition…The Dark Choc, Almond, Cran dessert of course! I would love the eat that today! http://bit.ly/bsNeuN

  50. Tami Groth says:

    Oh the truffles look SO yummy! I will be making those this holiday season!!!! :-)

    My favorite healthy food during the holidays are cranberries and the various versions of cranberry relish that I can make that everyone loves and never even misses the canned stuff! :-)

    Thank you for the recipe and informative post!

  51. Linda Wray says:

    I LOVE the cookbook the Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook. I’ve taken it out of the library a bunch of times and have it on my Christmas list. There are too many recipes that look good in it-Cinnamon Rolls, Pizza Crust and all the bread recipes. I’ve been too busy to try any of them yet but its on my agenda!!!!!

  52. YUM!!! The recipe for old-fashioned gingersnaps from Cybele’s site would be a recipe I would like to try. Please enter me in the cookbook giveaway. Thanks!

  53. I love to eat squash. Sometimes stuffed, sometimes just on it’s own, it’s a lovely treat.

  54. Oh, Ricki, I would love that allergen cookbook!!! My 4 month old has food allergies (definitely peanuts and possibly others) and is still breastfed so I’ve had to modify my diet. It’s been a struggle, especially with all the Halloween candy! Anyway, my favorite healthy holiday food is this fabulous green bean and cherry tomato recipe my mom has made for years – it tastes like candy.

  55. Barbara Logan says:

    My favorite healthy food to eat at the holidays is Turkey. And then I use the carcass to make soup!

  56. Barbara Logan says:

    Subscribed to your blog…

  57. Barbara Logan says:

    Subscribed on Twitter

  58. Barbara Logan says:

    The Blueberry Millet Muffins from Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook look GREAT!

  59. Barbara Logan says:

    The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook doesn’t have a “Look Inside” feature…. bummer

  60. Barbara Logan says:

    These pancakes look great on Cybele’s blog. I love a good breakfast…!

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=25

  61. Barbara Logan says:

    Ali & Tom’s Candied Walnuts would be GREAT for the holidays…!

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/12/candied-walnuts-edible-holiday-gift.html

  62. Our favorite healthy holiday food would be an appetizer we make from raw cashews, we make a “cheesy” dip flavored with fresh herbs of choice then provide lots of fresh cut veggies to dip it in. Yummy and healthy!!

  63. Definitely the donuts! My daughter misses this so much since we have had to go gluten, egg, etc free! http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

  64. I am a fan on Facebook!!

  65. I am following you on Twitter!!

  66. My favorite healthy holiday food is turkey. So delicious and so may options for the leftovers.

  67. One of my holiday favorites is fruit pie, so I’ve made this blueberry pie with agave nectar instead of sugar, and with almond in the gluten-free crust.

  68. My favorite foods around the holidays are finger foods! Since I am eating a lot healthier these days, my new-found favorite is homemade hummus and lots of fresh veggies!

  69. Ricki! Hello, wonderful host!!! Your raspberry filled truffles look divine. I agree that by trying to keep to a routine as much as possible, you are much more likely to stay on track for a healthier holiday! All of these recipes are looking wonderful!

  70. I’m a fan on FB and I ‘liked’ you. I am so inspired by what I’ve been reading and how much weight people are losing by being sugar and gluten free. I really want to try this out! your site is great!

  71. I visited your facebook page and am now a fan. Good luck with the Culinary Book awards

  72. I’ve already reviewed both books on Amazon, they are fabulous!

    Love this recipe Ricki; another sugar-free gem that I must make!

  73. Subscribed to your blog via Google Reader!

  74. Hi Ricki,
    Just linked back from my Raw Apple Crisp recipe. I am making a grocery list now… can’t wait to try your raspberry filled truffle cups. Gluten & dairy allergies can feel restrictive, but this looks downright indulgent – yum!
    Cheers,
    Kate

  75. Elizabeth Bailey says:

    I love a yummy cranberry sauce!

  76. Great give away!

    My favorite ‘healthy food’ during the holidays is pumpkin pie filling scraped out of the pie crust… But when I’m home this Christmas I’m gonna bake like crazy and try out some crusts that I wouldn’t mind actually eating!

  77. Ricki
    I agree that keeping the routine is the key. Those truffles are beautiful-inside and out.

  78. My favourite healthy holiday food…has to be brussels sprouts. Boiled, baked, anything goes. :)

  79. I’ve actually been hoping for a good gf, vegan scone to try so Cherry Oat Scones it is – http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=606 (first time I hear of double-acting baking powder, but hopefully the only kind I have will do).

  80. 20-30 drops of stevia = how much sugar? I use kal stevia powder and know how to measure that for recipes. Do you have a favorite liquid stevia? I have only found I like Kal Powder

  81. I really like your tips. We are celebrating Diwali in India where you end up eating a lot sweets.
    I would like to eat anjeer burfi ( a small bar of fig with lots of nuts)..it is healthy and tasty. It is the best pick from all other rich Indian sweets :)

  82. Great tips! The truffle cups are beautiful, I love the swirly swirls! YAY for cookbook giveaways! My favorite healthy holiday food is no other than hot chocolate made with brown rice milk and a good thick foam (thanks aerolatte!) Of course I must drink it from my snowman mug, otherwise it’s just plain boring hot chocolate! :D

  83. I found you by Facebook. I do not have either one of these cookbooks but I would love to own them! I have been gluten free for 2 years now and love experimenting with new flavors and recipes.
    My favorite food this time of year is pumpkin, baked, in GF muffins, ice cream, spiced…whatever. I also LOVE the apples this time of year, Honeycrisps rock!
    Looking forward to making these truffles…..made my mouth water to see the pictures here. ;)
    Thanks for sharing!

  84. I just subscribed to the DDD webpage! ;)

  85. I like to stay healthy with winter squash! Great for savory dishes and sweet desserts. :)

  86. I enjoyed reading your post, thanks so much for sharing and I think I might just have to start visiting! :) As far as healthy holiday foods, I’ve usually done a cranberry or pumpkiny dessert, which might just be relatively ‘healthy’. :) Since parting with gluten and sugar, can’t really think of a favorite yet… but I’m still working on it! All of you guys give so many options, I love it!

  87. Our favorite “holiday”/fall treat is apple crisp. It’s so easy, and DD (11) can make it. From the apple peelings we make apple worms (fresh apple peel, mix with dry jello, bake at 250*F for 45 min.), a bonus treat!

  88. My favorite healthy food is whatever fruit or veggie is seasonal. Around Christmas those clementines are everywhere and I love them.

  89. facebook fan

  90. I think I’m going to have to try this pumpkin chesecake from Tom & Ali’s blog: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/gluten-free-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe.html

  91. My first choice would probably be the Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats, but those donuts look awfully good, too! The link for the Treats is http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=709

  92. Thank you for some wonderful ideas today! I’ve just subscribed to your blog.

  93. Your blog was a wonderful find today — I’m so glad I ‘know’ you now! I followed you on Twitter just a little while ago.

  94. Last, but not least, I did subscribe to the DDD fan page, so that I can keep up with you better!

  95. First of all, I am the same way–if I eat a meal before a party to avoid eating at the party, I just end up eating another full meal at the party, thus eating twice as much as I would have otherwise. Sheesh!

    My favorite healthy holiday food is cranberry sauce–yum!

    Courtney

  96. I tried browsing in the Allergen Free Bakers Handbook, but it wouldn’t show me any recipes…just the index, lol. And then it told me I had reached my browsing limit. But I have heard a lot about the book and would love a chance to look at it/win it!

    Courtney

  97. I tried to look inside the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook, but Amazon does not let you look inside that one. I love their blog, though, and would love the cookbook!

    Courtney

  98. My favorite holiday food – homemade allergen free corn bread!

  99. Oh yum–the Cherry Oat scones from Cybele’s blog look fantastic!

    Courtney

  100. This pumpkin cake from the Whole Life Nutrition blog is going to be made this year…soon!

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2008/11/giving-thanks-recipes-pumpkin-desserts.html

    Courtney

  101. I browsed Cybele’s book. The one that looks best to me is the chocolate zucchini bread!

  102. I subscribed to your blog, Ricki!

    Courtney

  103. From Cybele’s blog: the recipe that I want to try is the cherry oat scone: http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=3

  104. From Ali & Tom’s blog: The orange pepper salmon (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/orange-pepper-salmon-with-cranberry.html) looks really good! Got to try it.

  105. Sharon Snell says:

    I like Chex Mix for the holiday since I don’t eat much sugar. The truffles sound yummy, though–I’m going to have to try them for a special gift!

  106. Sharon Snell says:

    I clicked “Like” on Facebook

  107. I love to eat mashed sweet potatoes durning the holidays!!

  108. I subscribed to your blog on Facebook

  109. from Cybles site I am going to make the chocolate rice crispy treats

  110. from ali and toms blog I am going to make the glutten deep dish apple pie. ever since I have been eatting glutten free the deserts have been the hardest to cut out. I love apple pies, I am really excited to make this yum yum yum

  111. Thanks! And now I’m running to the kitchen to make raspberry truffles for dessert tonite!

  112. Wow! Lots of delicious recipes to check out. The truffles look amazing.

  113. Love your tips, Ricki! I completely agree with them. It really helps me to always stick to my routine no matter what. I find that the second I let my routine go, I feel completely out of balance and my health suffers because of it.
    Your truffles are gorgeous :)
    My favourite thing to make for holidays and bring to parties is home made chocolate covered fruit (kind of similar to your truffles, but with less ingredients and steps, I’m not that creative!) Basically I melt coconut oil with cocoa and dip the fruit in it, then harden in the fridge! It’s so good.

  114. I really like the turkey, it’s not something I eat as much as I would like to during the year!

  115. My favorite healthy food to eat at the holidays is a variation of pumpkin pie, but made into a crustless pudding/custard by adding some cornstarch. I also reduce the sugar significantly (might try stevia this year), use fat-free milk and egg whites or egg replacer. Warm it’s kind of a pudding, cold it can be slices and served like a flan – or added to oatmeal.

  116. From Cybele’s blog (how did I never hear of her before?!), I’m torn between the old-fashioned gingersnaps and the baked vegan doughnuts.

  117. From Ali and Tom’s (I’ve been looking at the cookbook longingly), either the pumpkin spice cake or Emily’s ginger cookies.

  118. Oh, I am SO IN.

    GF Pumpkin Cookies on my blog. They are my favourite healthy thing to eat AND my entry through the linky thing.

    I do believe I’ll try the zucchini bread and the cream of mushroom soup. I really need a GF mushroom soup for casseroles.

    And I’ve subscribed to your blog (does it count if I subscribed ages ago?), Twitter, and fan page.

  119. snowygreen says:

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

    i want to make the donuts!

  120. snowygreen says:

    i looked inside pascal’s book on amazon and i also want to make the morning glory muffins, i love carrots!

  121. snowygreen says:

    oh, and i follow you on my google reader!

  122. Great tips, thanks Ricki! Unfortunately I can’t think of a single healthy food that my husband’s family serves at Thanksgiving – isn’t that sad? But if I were to prepare it myself it would be some variation of roasted squash. Actually, the tzimmes I serve at Rosh Hashana is not all that bad – it’s vegan, sugar free, and gluten free!

  123. linking up that tzimmes recipe I just spoke of!

  124. I love squash with brown sugar in it for Thanksgiving.

  125. Vegetable succatash. Those rasberry truffles would be such a hit at a party.

  126. I subscribed to your blog (via Facebook-I couldn’t get it to work using my email address). I’ve been following you throug Amy @ simply sugar and gluten free. I am looking forward to trying some of your recipes, they all look wonderful (especially the chocolate ones:)

  127. My favorite healthy holiday food is a simple sweet potato!

  128. I looked inside The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook and I like the looks of Chocolate Maple Cupcakes with Rice Milk Chocolate Ganache! Gluten free and refined sugar free :)

  129. Those truffles look divine! I would love to have a copy of both of those books! I try and stay healthy over the holidays (and any day, really) by being prepared. Whether it’s eating my own desserts before I go to a party, or making enough meals to last through the busy week, I try and know what’s coming up and plan ahead for it, so I’m not caught unawares and in the midst of platefuls of temptation!

  130. Over on Cybele’s blog, the Baked Donuts on the very first page look amazing! I’ve been wanting to try and make donuts, but can’t wrap my head around the frying part -s o these look great.
    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

  131. I am now following you on twitter! :)

  132. I would like to try and make Date Sweetened Ginger Cookies from Ali and Tom’s blog!
    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/07/emilys-ginger-cookies.html

  133. My favorite holiday food is a treat – I slice/pit a date, add cream cheese to the opening, and then slide in an almond – simple and wonderful!

  134. I’ve just recently been put on a dairy, gluten, soy, sugar free diet, so I am loving all of this information – and recipes! – you offer! Thank you SO much!

  135. Oops! I didn’t exactly answer your question, did I? And I so want to be entered into the contest – so… When I had gestational diabetes (years ago) I loved spreading my allotment of peanut butter on apple slices for a snack. I also mixed a bit of applesauce with cottage cheese, (sounds gross, I know), and scooped it up with graham crackers, and it actually tasted like apple pie! That’s about as creative as I got with my diet!

  136. Ricki,

    Your truffles look amazing! I am definitely going to make those!!!
    I am subscribing to your blog.
    Jeanie

  137. A healthy yummy cookie that looks like a Christmas cookie is my Sugar Free & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Zucchini. Here is the link:
    http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=6953234779316443395&postID=3294606417385680202

  138. For Cybele Pascals cookbook, the first receipe hit me right in my tummy! The Gluten Free Vegan Baked Cake Donuts! Oh my gosh, I haven’t had donuts in years! I couldn’t have the frostening that she uses, but I know of a yummy kind that I could use.
    I would very much like to win this cookbook!

  139. These look delicious, Ricki! Great tips…especially #3. I always make myself eat a full meal first, knowing full well that what I really want is dessert and I’m going to eat it no matter how full I am. Maybe I’ll just start with dessert next time…then if I’m full, I’m not going to insist on eating dinner too!

  140. From Ali and Tom’s cookbook I have to go with Chipotle Chicken and Rice Stuffed Squash. What a wonderful way to make squash more appealing to the “non-vegetable eaters”!
    I would very much like to win this cookbook as well!

  141. On Amazon, Looking at the cookbooks. For The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal, something I want to try is: Sunbutter cupcakes. Yumo!
    The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Ali and Tom. something I want to try is: Thai Fried Rice.

  142. I am now following you on Twitter.

  143. Darn, I had a little trouble with that whole linky thing. But I’m trying Ali’s Fig-Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe, but I think I’ll make a quinoa pilaf type dish (hot) and use the dressing with that. I think it will make a wonderful side dish. I’m inspired! Great post, by the way. Love your list.

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/fig-balsamic-vinaigrette-recipe.html

    Melissa

  144. what an impressive range of recipes you have amassed so far – though I am still eyes on stalks at these raspberry balls – love them without even tasting them – and your tips are great – I often volunteer food because I know there will be food I can eat but luckily I enjoy preparing food too – will try and get into the linky – time permitting

  145. I just subscribed via email. These truffles look amazing…they will be on my Thanksgiving dessert table!!

  146. Um my fave holiday food is definitely GRAVY! Which is why I linked up to my new gravy recipe. I really want Ali’s cookbook pretty please!

  147. I would love love love to try Ali’s new pie crust recipe. Her picture of the entire pie looks fantastic!

  148. I’d love to try the recipe in the The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook for Gingerbread Muffins. I’d really like to get a better handle on my gluten-and-allergy-free baking.

  149. I want to try Cybele’s chocolate thumbprint cookies!

  150. This Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf from Ali & Tom’s blog is right up my alley: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/moroccan-quinoa-pilaf.html

    But I’m a total dessert girl, and this chocolate almond cranberry tart sounds absolutely incredible! http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/vegan-dark-chocolate-almond-tart-with.html

  151. I already subscribe to your blog through Google Reader

  152. and of course I follow you on Twitter!

  153. and I’m a FB fan! Thanks again for doing this, I am really enjoying the wealth of recipes popping up in front of this morning just by browsing through your links.

  154. Thanks for letting me enter, I have a love affair with cookbooks. I’m recently new to gf cooking.

  155. I forgot to add that for tips on staying healthy through the holidays are: eat healthy balanced meals, stay away from foods I am allergic to, exercise (heart pumping kind) 3-4 days a week, keep stress down, and when I find it’s getting out of hand, take a break from it all. Then, the most important tip is that each and everyday, I do not forget to spend my quiet time with God! That’s a tip for everyday of our busy lives!

  156. Brenda Alreck says:

    Favorite Christmas Day meal: Salmon and steamed asparagus. We’ve been making it for years before we knew of most of our allergies or my daughters Celiac. LOVE all the new ideas!

  157. Brenda Alreck says:

    Facebook!

  158. Brenda Alreck says:

    Blog!

  159. Michelle WIckline says:

    I subscribed to your FB page :D

  160. I love to eat Sweet Potatoes and Pomegranate at the Holidays.

  161. My favorite holiday food is stuffing…last year I made a rice stuffing instead of using bread and it was a hit.

  162. Caroline Bull says:

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=501

    Oh I want the gingersnaps! Then, I want to crush them up for crusts for pumpkin cheesecake!

  163. Oh my gosh, those look phenomenal!!!

  164. Ali’s cupcakes look perfect!

  165. Deb Steel says:

    Hi, Ricki! I am already a fan of your blog on FB and I decided to try to post a recipe of mine(Oat ‘n Almond Butter Cookies—or sunbutter if you want), but I don’t think I did it right, as I am not techno. savvy at all!! LOL! The picture is there, but it doesn’t link to the recipe but I have it on my FB page…is that good enough? Pardon my ignorance! LOL! I’m anxious to try Cybele’s Choc. Thumbprint cookies, too!! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Hi Deb,

      That will work! We’ll contact you via FB if you win. But I’d love to have the link lead people to the actual recipe. . . will try to find it. :)

  166. sweet potatoes, roasted and sprinkled with cinnamon & nutmeg or cumin & coriander

  167. In The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook I love the idea of cinnamon muffins.

  168. on Cybele’s blog I would like to try the allergy free pancakes: http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1749

  169. On Ali and Tom’s blog I would like to try the homemade pumpkin puree: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/10/how-to-make-homemade-pumpkin-puree.html

  170. I couldn’t tell in the The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook what recipe I would like to try because you can’t look inside it on Amazon.

  171. I “liked” Diet, Dessert and Dogs on FB

  172. I already “liked” you on FB

  173. correction, make that Twitter only, I subscribed via email to DDD

  174. I would LOVE to try the blueberry cobbler recipe in Allergen-Free bakers!

  175. These banana oat superdad bars where wonderful and so easy to make. Here is the link from Ali’s post on Recipe Roundup–Ideas for Packing a Healthy School Lunch. Here is the link to those awesome bars:

    http://www.onefrugalfoodie.com/2009/10/09/banana-oat-superdad-snack-bars/

  176. I visited Cybele Pascal’s Allergy-Free website and would like to make the Gluten-Free Vegan Baked Cake Donuts for the holidays.

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

  177. My current favorite healthier holiday dish is pumpkin pie chia pudding with freshly baked Musquee de Provence (a.k.a. Fairytale) pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, soymilk, and organic chia seeds!

  178. I am linked with you on Twitter!

  179. Jennifer C. says:

    on ali’s blog I like the cream of mushroom soup…http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/07/cream-of-mushroom-soup-dairy-free.html

  180. fruit! …i look for the fruit because it keeps me full so that it’s easier to avoid overdoing it on treats, and fruit helps me stay hydrated, when my normal water drinking routine is derailed ;o)

  181. I am so excited about A Gluten Free Holiday Thursdays! I am really into finding the perfect gluten free donut recipe, so I was so excited to find Cybele’s gluten free baked donuts! I also am excited to try Ali and Tom’s wild rice stuffing. I love stuffing and rice, so this will be perfect at our Thanksgiving. I can’t wait to try both of these recipes. Thanks! Karah

  182. Cranberry salad: Chopped cranberries, apples (Honeycrisp if I have them) and pecans. That’s it.
    I love it solo. In oatmeal. In smoothies. Accompanying roast pork, chicken, or ham. Sweet, tart, crunchy . . . what’s not to love!

  183. I ‘Like’ DDD on Facebook (also added your page to my page’s favorites: Creative Cooking Gluten Free)

  184. I subscribed to your blog

  185. I follow you on Twitter (@Creatively_GF)

  186. On Amazon – I looked inside Cybele’s book and would love to try her Potato Bread.

  187. On Amazon – I can’t see inside of Ali & Tom’s cookbook :(

  188. I love making almond flour cookies with stevia. I don’t feel guilty eating them! would love more recipe ideas!!

  189. From Ali & Tom’s blog their Chocolate Chip Banana Teff Bread sounds and looks amazing! (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/02/chocolate-chip-banana-teff-bread.html)

  190. On Cybele’s blog her Red Velvet Cake looks sooooo good, I would love to make this for the holidays or even my birthday! (http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=674)

  191. Just clicked “Like” on FB, too!

  192. Linked up my recipe for “pasta-less lasagna”

  193. hiya, Ricki! your coconut raspberry filled truffle cups don’t look like deprivation to me either – they look outstanding, and i want to put them in my tummy. pronto! you know, i used to do the same thing – eat a small meal before a get-together, but like you i’d totally eat another meal when i got there. argh! i love ALL your tips for staying healthy over the holidays, especially staying in your routine, and keeping in mind that you don’t have to save the best for last. sometimes it’s okay to take a little of all the things i know i’ll love the most and skip on the fillers and such that i try and eat because i think “i have to eat something that’s ‘good for me’.” my favorite tip of yours is keeping in mind that the holidays aren’t just about food. waaaaay back in the day i joined weight watchers and i quickly became obsessed with counting and measuring and weighing. i think it blew up a good bit and then when i became vegan the obsession grew more because my options, at times, were limited and when traveling, dining out, being home for the holidays – i couldn’t just eat whatever, i was vegan and needed to plan ahead. this all melded together and when i became gluten-free i found myself constantly worrying about what i would eat, what i would make to bring to get-togethers, what i could eat when dining out, checking and rechecking labels even more, etc. food kinda took over and i was thinking about it all the darn time. these days i’m realizing that it’s pretty crazy that i’ve let food control my life so much, and that i’ve wasted some pretty good moments in my life because i was worrying about something food related. life isn’t all about food, and the holidays are more about connecting with people and spending time together. your reminder is an excellent one, and one i’ll be sure to keep in mind when i’m feeling frazzled and consumed with thoughts about food. thank you, Ricki!!!

  194. Posted on Twitter (@Creatively_GF: A Gluten Free Holiday (http://tinyurl.com/25ewrod)! Wk 1 @Rickiheller http://tinyurl.com/358xsfq healthier holiday and a give away #GF #SF)

  195. Posted on my Facebook Fan Page (Creative Cooking Gluten Free)

  196. alisa joy says:

    Went to Amazon.com to check out both cookbooks. I am really excited about Whole Life’s “Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies.” I live in Oregon, where hazelnuts abound!

  197. These truffles look fabulous! Thanks!
    One of my favorite healthier foods to enjoy over the holidays are the super ripe oranges and nectarines that my grandmother usually brings north from Florida.
    Brandae

  198. For another entry in the drawing…
    From Cybele’s cookbook, the gingerbread muffins look divine!

  199. Again, for another entry, from Cybele’s blog, I’d make this recipe and link:
    Cherry Oat Scones http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=5
    I have a lengthy list of food allergies, so this one works well for me!

  200. One more entry. :)
    Subscribed to your Facebook page.

  201. Subscribed to Ali and Tom’s blog on RSS feed. How about some caramel dip for apples? http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/09/raw-caramel-dip-for-apples.html

  202. Also visited Cybele’s web page (it’s changed since last time I looked). I’d love, love, love to make those baked donuts but don’t have a pan. Christmas List! http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1718

  203. Thank you Ricki. I was a good little girl and reviewed Cybele’s book on Amazon as I should have done long since. She’s amazing and her heart is so big I don’t know how it stays in her chest.

  204. One of the healthier things I enjoy over the holidays is cranberry sauce made with agave nectar. The cranberries have enough pectin for it to hold together even without regular sugar and no one seems to notice.

  205. do you think i could use cocoa powder in place of the carob or flour in these truffles?
    thanks

  206. The Whole Life Nutrition cookbook looks fabulous!

  207. My healthy holiday indulgance is sweet potato/pumpkin pudding, which is basically a vegan version of pie filling but i’ve now discovered how much more dacadent it can be by adding ground raw cashews to it…mmm…

  208. These look wonderful! I can not wait to give them a try

  209. I always make the cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, so I can ensure that it’s actually not a dessert, since I love cranberry sauce but don’t want to waste all my sugar on it! I also like to make at least one of the pies myself, usually a pumpkin or sweet potato one – it’s easy to leave out the wheat, refined sugar, etc in that and still come up with something everyone will enjoy.

  210. I love the Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen blog! I think my favorite thing I’ve made from there is the grain-free chocolate brownie cupcakes: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/04/vegan-grain-free-sugar-free-chocolate.html Their pumpkin cheesecake is definitely something I’m considering making for Thanksgiving: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/gluten-free-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe.html

  211. I had never been to Cybele’s blog before, although I have read about her cookbook. The brownies she made on the Chicago local news sound amazing: http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1008

  212. My favorite healthy holiday food is vegan, gluten free granola. I make it, put it in jars with a pretty lid and give it as gifts. It’s delish and the perfect treat for my sweet niece who has been recently diagnosed with allergies to almost everything that she used to eat! She’s only 3 so it’s been rough on her and her mom. She’s also a twin and her brother is not allergic so it’s challenging to feed her and her brother at the same time as he refuses to eat much of the food she is required to eat. The Allergies cookbook would be such a blessing for my sister-in-law!

  213. oh fun! I would love to win the whole nutrition book and I love cybele’s book. one of my favorite healthy foods is pumpkin dip awesome for fall! =0)

  214. I updated my post to link to yours (sorry for the confusion last night), I also signed up to follow your twitter page, posted information on your giveaway both on my twitter (andloveittoo) and FB (And Love it Too) pages as well. I look forward to trying your recipes in my kitchen!

  215. I follow you on facebook…one entry

  216. -another entry–One of my favorite holiday foods is asparagus….we always have them!(with a touch of lemon- Im in heaven)

  217. Subscribed to your Facebook page. Would love to win one of the books since they would help me eat more healthy.

  218. Oh, these chocolate-raspberry things look DIVINE! Another genius recipe over here at triple D : )

    Sorry I missed the SOS Tahini challenge. I would have certainly submitted my soup, but I was out of town and out of commission blog and email-wise until it was too late… Next time!!!

  219. great tips, i definitely need to work on this… hopefully i can turn things around! these truffles look great!

  220. My favorite healthy food at the holidays is hummus. hummus gets me through by substituting for most of the savory dairy functions I miss–sour cream is no longer missed so much, as a topping on soups and stews. and it’s filling, so if I know I’m going somewhere where I’ll be surrounded by food I shouldn’t eat, I will fill up on hummus and chips or veggies first. :)

  221. Pomegranates and clementines are sweet and tasty and don’t last long in our house.

  222. I just checked out Cybele’s book on Amazon and looked inside and saw that the Double Choco Chunk Cookies would be an awesome choice to bake for any occasion.

  223. My favorite healthy food to eat at the holidays is roasted squash and turnip puff-yummy!

  224. I went to Ali’s book on Amazon and it doesn’t allow you to see inside; however, I have made Ali’s Carrot Raisin Buckwheat muffins and they are deeeelicious. Give them a try.

  225. My favorite healthy food to eat during holidays is SWEET POTATOES yumm

  226. I subscribe to your blog now!

  227. here is a link for my review. It is being processed as I type. =0)
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews?ie=UTF8&action=preview

  228. I would love to make this desert! Thanks for the link to Tom and ali’s blog. =0)
    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/vegan-dark-chocolate-almond-tart-with.html

  229. I would love to try this recipe from the Nutrition book: good old simple biscuits! =0) as well as a ton more.
    Easy Gluten-Free Biscuits

  230. Fave healthy food: black rice. Love it. Esp when mixed with squash. Messy but yummy.

  231. Pumpkin Puree is my hands down favorite healthy holiday food!

  232. I think my husband would die for Cybele’s baked donuts.

  233. This is my first year really trying to eat healthy. I have found so many delicious recipes for low-carb pies and desserts! I am looking forward to trying to make them for Thanksgiving especially. Oh and alternatives to potato dishes…

  234. http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=3 I will definitely have to try making these tortillas! I don’t need them gluten free, but I would try something low carb.

  235. Crackers with various dips are one of my biggest downfalls! I will definitely have to try these Quinoa crackers out! http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/01/gluten-free-quinoa-seed-crackers-vegan.html

  236. My favorite healthy food at Thanksgiving is the turkey itself, especially if it’s cooked just right and the white meat is juicy. I also love anything pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Thank you for the chance to win.

    koinonia572001@yahoo.com

  237. This fish chowder sounds wonderful, will try it this weekend! http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=1321

  238. went to Cybele’s website and am going to try her pancake recipe. http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=25

  239. Went to Ali and Tom’s website and realized I already had their Balsamic Roasted Chicken with figs recipe. My sister, who is also gluten free, made it and everyone enjoyed it. Will be making it myself.

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/09/balsamic-roasted-chicken-with-figs-and.html

  240. My kids LOVE oatmeal cookies and pumpkin pie is always their selected “birthday cake”!
    These Gluten-Free, Vegan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are on the list for Saturday! Can’t wait to try them!
    The http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/gluten-free-vegan-pumpkin-oatmeal.html

  241. Ok, so I originally came to the site to enter and win one of the beautiful cookbooks. But the more recipes I see, the more I want to try. Doesn’t this roasted chicken look wonderful? I’ve bookmarked Tom and Ali’s blog and is my new go to source. I so appreciate other people’s reviews too, guess it will be my turn to post. Thank you Tom and Ali and Cybele too!

    Balsamic Roasted Chicken with Figs and Sweet Onions

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/09/balsamic-roasted-chicken-with-figs-and.html

  242. My favorite healthy food at Thanksgiving is the turkey, especially if it’s cooked just right. I also love my Aunty’s sweet potatoes (though I now think one of these healthy versions might just rival hers!) Thank you for the chance to win.

  243. I went to Amazon to look at Ali and Tom’s book. You can’t see any pages in the book,but the review lists some recipes and the Decadent Chocolate Bundt Cake sounds great.

  244. Pumpkin pie – home made with healthier ingredients!

  245. From Cybele’s site: red velvet cake. YUM!
    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=674

  246. From Ali and Tom’s blog: pumpkin cheesecake. um, yum.
    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/gluten-free-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe.html

  247. I follow you on Twitter (nanatide)

    koinonia572001@yahoo.com

  248. I became your fan on Facebook (marla yuhas)

    koinonia572001@yahoo.com

  249. I subscribed to Tom & Ali’s blog. Would like to try the Butternut squash and bean casserole with sage and shallotts.

  250. I went to Cybele’s blog and would like to make her Allergy-friendly cream of mushroom soup.

  251. I subscribed to your blog.

  252. Debbie Kuhn says:

    I am so looking forward to Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes!

  253. I have subscribed to Ali and Tom’s blog. I can’t wait to try the pumpkin pancakes.

  254. I’ve friended you on facebook; I can’t wait to have updates on fabulous recipes.

  255. I subscribed to your blog!

  256. I tried to look inside the Whole Life Cookbook but wasn’t able to. I can’t wait to try some recipes as our GF diagnosis is very recent.

  257. I want to make these yummy looking scones on Cybele’s blog.

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?cat=8

  258. Just made this salmon from Tom and Ali’s blog a couple nights ago and the whole family wolfed it down!!

    http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/05/simple-baked-fish-and-local-veggies.html

  259. I am now a twitter follower.

  260. I subscribed to your fan page :)

  261. Thank you for that well-crafted and adaptable truffle recipe, very cool. Something even I could try (subbing something else for the agave). One of my favorite holiday foods is sweet potatoes, whether as sweet-potato latkes or just baked.

  262. Me again – I went over to Amazon and looked at “Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen”, and I’d really like to try their Spinach and Tofu Enchiladas with Spicy Ancho Chili Sauce recipe. Mmm, now I’m hungry…

  263. And having visited their (Ali & Tom’s) blog, I can say I’d also like to try out their quinoa seed crackers. I love Mary’s Gone Crackers but I should change things up now and again.

    Thank you for hosting this contest!

  264. Oh I soo want to win one of these to help me in my new gluten-free adventure! I usually try to focus on the yummy meats I can eat like chicken and ham during the holidays.

  265. The gingerbread muffin recipe inside Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook looks divine!

  266. Hmmm.. from Cybele’s blog, I think I’d like to try the Old-Fashioned Gingersnaps recipe! Or maybe the Blueberry Boy Bait. Yum!

  267. I subscribed to your fan page on FB.

  268. The Whole Life Nutrition Book doesn’t have the search inside feature, but I’d love to try the Pumpkin Pudding that is mentioned in the comments!

  269. I subscribe to your wonderful blog!

  270. Oooh I really want to make the asian chicken salad on Ali and Tom’s blog. http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2010/09/asian-chicken-salad-with-soy-free.html And the Honey Kissed Peach (or Blueberry) Muffins are also really calling my name. http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/09/honey-kissed-peach-or-blueberry-muffins.html

  271. I am just starting to research gluten free etc for my son and it is very overwhelming. Winning a copy of this cookbook would be great.

  272. Joined both blogs and can’t wait to try the apple pie.

  273. I just checked out Cybel’s book from my local library. Have made the cinnamon rolls (1st in 23 years! hers was the first recipe that motivated me to try these..was always intimidated. http://.www.cybelepascal.com/p?=1008

  274. These are gorgeous! Favorite holiday food? Hmmm. Roasted sweet potatoes or pumpkin pie. I love love love winter squashes!!

  275. I think I was drooling over my computer as I was looking through the index of A Gluten-Free Holiday. After the most amazing (and sadly not vegan) strawberry shortcake this summer, my attention was immediately captured by the shortcake and vegan whipped cream in this cookbook! Also, in light of the holiday season…pumpkin bread! yum,

  276. On Cybele’s blog, it was a toss-up between cherry oat scones (although, the blueberry boy bait first caught my attention…I’ll have to try that one!) and Sunbutter Greenies (for which I need the cookbook!)

    http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=606 or http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=945

  277. Ali and Tom’s Blog: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/butternut-squash-casserole-with-sage.htm

    Did I mention that I’m obsessed with winter squash?

  278. I already follow your blog religiously, however I will not be joining twitter.

  279. Also already subscribed to the FB fan page (I feel like I am monopolizing your comment wall…should I have consolidated into one post?)

  280. My favorite healthy food is broccoli (and also cauliflower) whether it be for the holidays or any day. I would love to win a copy of Ali and Tom’s amazing cookbook, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. I subscribe to their site and at the present time cannot afford to purchase their book.
    Lois

  281. oooh…i checked out cybele’s site and would LOVE to make Allergen-Free Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Green Olives

  282. i went to the whole life blog and it’s dark chocolate cranberry almond tart ALL THE WAY!!! i CAN’T WAIT to make that!!

  283. Am just getting started with a sugar free/gluten free diet. Now with the holidays upon us. I need help with yummy recipes that my family can enjoy!

  284. I’d love to make the orange scones from the Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook!

  285. From Cybele’s blog, I’d make the gingersnaps! http://www.cybelepascal.com/?p=501 Yum!

  286. Torn between the Vegan Dark Chocolate Almond Tart with a Pastry Crust (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/11/vegan-dark-chocolate-almond-tart-with.html) and the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe (Vegan) (http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/gluten-free-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe.html)

  287. Debbie Hark says:

    I’d love to win one of the cookbooks. I’m trying to reduce the carbs and sugar in my diet, so i loved this recipe I found on the whole life nutrition website. here’s the link: http://www.nourishingmeals.com/2009/10/moroccan-quinoa-pilaf.html. Can’t wait to try it!

  288. I love Mark Bittman’s autunm millet bake. I subscribed to your blog

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  1. [...] long-awaited celebration of gluten-free holiday food is kicking off at Ricki Heller’s blog Diet, Dessert, and Dogs! This week’s topic: Healthier Through the [...]

  2. [...] and Dogs is hosting this week. The theme is Healthier Through The Holidays. You should definitely head over there and check it out, and link up your tips for maintaining your health through the holidays (while [...]

  3. [...] Event: I submitted this recipe to the gluten-free event, Healthy over the Holidays. This stage of the event is being hosted by Ricki at Diet Dessert & Dogs. I’m going to [...]

  4. [...] week’s link up is hosted by Diet, Dessert & Dogs.  You may want to stop by as they are having a giveway of these 2 great cookbooks!  It is there [...]

  5. [...] And it’s just in time for the Gluten-Free Holiday party that begins today at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs. [...]

  6. [...] also gone the not-so-original route and added to Ricki’s GF Healthier Holiday Roundup.  I will be more original next [...]

  7. [...] be sure to check in every Thursday over at A Gluten • Free Holiday.  This week’s post by Diet, Dessert and Dogs looks absolutely fabulous and I cannot wait to give these truffles a try in my [...]

  8. [...] A Gluten-Free Holiday I: Staying Healthy Over the Holidays–with Coconut-Raspberry Truffle Cups, hosted by Diet, Dessert and Dogs, where there are cookbooks by Cybele Pascal and by Ali and Tom being given away. [...]

  9. [...] Share with a loved one in your life. This post is part of the Gluten Free Holiday 2010 series – installment 1 – Staying Healthy Through the Holidays. [...]

  10. [...] not pretty, but I’m not actually sure how to make pretty truffles.  I will leave that to professionals.  This recipe comes from Chow Hound, but with a few changes (I cut it in half and [...]

  11. [...] week’s kick-off of A Gluten-Free Holiday Celebration at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs was a blast. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by, I highly [...]

  12. [...] vegetarian recipes by tastyeatsathome Gluten-Free Holiday is off to a roaring start! Ricki at Diet, Dessert and Dogs kicked us off with tips to stay healthy during the holidays and shared some delicious truffles. [...]

  13. [...] and almond butter or chocolate and raspberry. Next on my chocolate docket: check out these babies! I could continue, but I think you know what I mean. I bet you love chocolate too. Don’t [...]

  14. [...] Gluten Free Holiday—visit weeks one, two, three, and four…and then stop by Carrie’s blog this Thursday for the fourth [...]

  15. [...] This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and A Gluten Free Holiday. [...]

  16. [...] Caramel Apple Pie Pumpkin Kahlua Latte Coconut Raspberry Truffle Cups Vegan Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream Pear-Cranberry Almond [...]

  17. [...] of artificial colors and flavors. Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert and Dogs has inspired me with her Raspberry-Filled Truffle Cups. Can you imagine whipping up a batch of these to give to your sweetie? She uses a mixture of [...]

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