I’m so excited to share this recipe from Kate, who also has Crohn’s disease. We first connected on Instagram and we have a similar determination to use food as medicine. Enjoy!
Fall is here with winter quickly following, and Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! I cannot believe the holiday season is already in full swing. Between a few friendsgivings, Thanksgiving, office parties, baby and wedding showers, and then Christmas eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I know one thing is for sure – there won’t be a shortage of food in my life for the next few months.
For many people, planning these events or attending them is an exciting part of their holiday tradition, but for some of us living with Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, and other autoimmune disorders, the thought of new foods and the potential for a flare can be a little scary.
Last weekend, we started planning for the holidays. For Thanksgiving in particular, there will be a full house with relatives from out of town visiting and we wanted to make sure all palettes were accommodated. I was so relieved. I voiced my interest in helping with the planning process in an effort to make sure I can contribute foods friendly to my diet, while also not taking away from dishes that others wait all year for.
For years, I had feared that I would upset the host, whether it was a friend or family member, by not scarfing down multiple helpings of their most acclaimed dish or by only putting a few flare-friendly things on my plate. But, one great thing about these food centered events is that they are generally times when you are bring something of your own to contribute.
At times, this was also a scary thought because I wasn’t sure who would want to eat the gluten free or paleo friendly option at an event centered on indulgence, but turns out most people greatly welcome a health conscious dish!
So, in the spirit of the holidays, I am sharing a dish that is great for a big crowd like those at friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Years Day for recovery! It is gluten free and can be modified to paleo and can be prepped the night before because, in reality, many of us spend the day of rushing around trying to figure out what is missing from the menu.
Now you will be able to have one dish fully prepared! Happy Holidays to all of you! Enjoy!
For the Salad: For the Dressing:
Loaded Brussel Sprout Salad (Gluten Free, Dairy Free) – girlinhealing.com
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Kate is a 27 year old attorney and legal content writer, living in Chicago. She recently started a blog called The Peaks & The Valleys, focused on her journey with Crohn’s Disease, thyroid issues and resulting dietary restrictions, as well as managing career, travel, and life in general. Follow along with her on Instagram, Facebook, or subscribe to her blog here!