Christmas is the time of year when we visit family to share the joy of the season and being together with loved ones. But road trips present special problems for those of us with gluten and dairy intolerance.
There are certain things you can do to ease your way through a long car trip. Planning in advance here is essential. One essential piece of equipment that will make it easier to take your own food on the road is an electric cooler. Another essential is to book a hotel room that has a kitchenette, both coming and going. Cooking may be a drag, but eating fast food and getting sick is so much worse.
There are some tips and tricks that will make that road trip bearable:
- bring food that is easy to cook on the road, such as boneless chicken breasts or thighs. Or you can bring pasta, sauce and ground beef, sausage or chicken and make an easy pasta dinner. Eat the leftovers on the way back.
- Bring fixings for sandwiches such as ham, turkey or chicken, gluten free bread, and a small jar of mayonnaise.
- bring sodas or juice or water so you don’t have to pay high prices for drinks on the road
- bring snacks such as chips, such as Beanfields or Plentils. (I’m in the process of reviewing Beanfields chips and will have it ready soon)
- bring cookies, such as Enjoy life, for dessert
Bring your own food for that holiday dinner, so you don’t have to worry about what is in it, and you don’t stress yourself, or the cook that is trying to accommodate you. Find out what your host is serving, and try to copy it in a gluten and dairy free version. Here are some suggestions:
- Here is a list of hams that are gluten free.
- Make your own mashed potatoes with dairy free milk and butter
- make a gluten and dairy free green bean casserole with gluten and dairy free mushroom soup and Cronions gluten free topping
- don’t forget dessert!
You can have a happy and safe holiday by planning ahead and bringing your own food. Please share any comments, or please let me know of any questions I can help with.