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HOSTING A GLUTEN FREE BBQ

For Father's Day we had my family over to celebrate the hunky dads. I love being able to have my family over and to share amazing food together. I wanted to create a menu for this cookout that was gluten free, but in a totally natural way. I never want guests to feel like they are sacrificing a great meal to make it healthy. All of these recipes are so full of flavor and absolutely satisfying.

Father's Day Menu


First up:
- Organic Seedless Watermelon. We sliced up a watermelon and let it chill for a few hours. Always a crowd pleaser. We also tried it grilled and I gotta say... not my thang.
- Fresh fruit Lemonade: I sliced up peaches and lemons and used 1/2 a container of organic frozen lemonade to a pitcher full of water. I let the peaches and lemons marinate in the lemonade for a couple of hours. Meanwhile I froze green grapes and blueberries to act as the ice. Finally when serving, I poured in sparkling orange soda for a little sparkle. I love Pelligrino's version.

Main course:
- Grass fed beef burgers with melted sharp cheddar cheese
- Applegate Organic Beef Hot Dogs
- Savory Corn Pudding by Everyday Food Magazine: Cook three slices of bacon in a large pot. Remove bacon and add a diced vidalia onion. Cook about 8 minutes. Then add kernels with juice from 8 ears of corn to pot and cook over medium-high about 5 minutes. Slowly stir in 1/2 a cup of whole milk until creamy. About 2 minutes. Top with basil and bacon. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste. ( I ended up using more milk and an immersion blender to get a creamier consistency)
- Wilted Swiss Chard with onion and garlic: I took this beautiful rainbow swiss chard from our garden and wilted it in a cast iron pan with some olive oil, diced vidalia onion, and at the last minute I threw in some minced garlic, salt, and pepper. I finished the dish with some pine nuts.
- Mixed greens


Dessert:
- Pamela's Brownies (the fudgy instructions) and Vanilla bean ice cream

12 comments :

  1. Looks absolutely delicious and I would not have missed a thing! I love corn pudding too :)

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    1. thanks amy! oh yea, we weren't skimping on anything. haha!

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  2. Yumm! It all looks so tasty and beautiful at the same time :)

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  3. Well it looks amazing!!! I think gluten free diets can be really delicious but there are some out there that are turning it into a fad diet, at least around here. I appreciate this menu :) My mom's allergic to gluten, nothing serious or anything, but she tries really hard to make different things. I'll send her this post :)

    Fromfreyawithlove.blogspot.com

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    1. i totally agree. it is so important not to rush towards processed gluten free products because they are gluten free. it's still important to make healthy choices. thanks for passing it on!

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  4. Wow Lesley, that all looks so good. I would love the recipe for the corn. Great pictures! Rachel looks so pretty!!

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    1. I see the recipe now. It had a white rectangle covering it when I first looked. I will have to try this. I saw something similar on Pioneer Woman.

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    2. glad you found it! you'll have to let me know if you like it. love you!

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  5. oh man that meal looks soooooooo good! I want that drink right now!

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  6. Sign me up tor the Swiss chard!

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  7. Wow everything looks good! Especially the grilled burgers. Is that cheese on top? Great job on the BBQ party guys.

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