When you’re gluten free, the holiday season can be a minefield of potential disaster. So much focus is placed on food, and when a lot of that food is off limits it can get really stressful. It gets even worse if you’re not familiar with the diet and attempting to accommodate a gluten-free guest! Here are some great resources on the iPad to help you navigate the season with ease.
Epicurious (Free) – this is a great app for anyone who loves to cook, but it’s especially handy if you have special diet considerations. Simply tap the Search button and select Dietary Consideration, then scroll and select Wheat/Gluten Free. To get recipes designed specifically for the holidays, choose the Season or Occasion filter and select the holiday. You can star a recipe to find it easily later on, or tap the list icon to automatically add the recipe ingredients to your shopping list for easily navigating the grocery store – it even categorizes the items for you and includes the amounts you’ll need.
So Simple Holiday Gluten Free Recipes ($.99) – this app not only includes a bunch of great recipes for the main event meal, it also includes recipes for breakfasts, drinks and even leftover turkey. There is also a tips section that covers topics like hosting a gluten-free holiday gathering, ingredient substitution suggestions, and even a list of gluten-free turkey brands.
Easy Eats Magazine (Free) – this is my top pick in the gluten-free magazine market. The pictures are drool-worthy, the recipes come out great, and it’s a fantastic resource for gluten-free information. Best of all, it’s free! And not just the app, like many of the Newsstand offerings, even the magazine itself is free – just sign up for the Bronze level subscription. The latest available issue is the September/October issue, but their holiday issue should come out soon, and in the meantime you can find some great Thanksgiving resources on their website.
Find Me Gluten Free (Free) – if you’re going to be traveling during the holidays, this is the app for you. It’s designed for the iPhone, but I have it installed on my iPad too. It is hands-down the best resource I have found for finding gluten-free eats on the road. You can search by address if you want to seek out resources near your destination, or use the handy “Around Me” function to find what’s nearby. It includes both local places and chain restaurants with links and maps, and even has many menus for chain restaurants built right into the app for easy reference.