Memorial Day Recipe Roundup

Here are some easy recipes for a gluten-free Memorial Day barbecue.

This year we are laying low on Memorial Day Weekend.  The boys are going to run in the Bolder Boulder race and then we’ll probably hang out after that.  No big plans for a barbecue or any type of festivities, we are just hoping to recover from our little league baseball fatigue.  We have a game every night of the week (and weekend) usually during dinner time, so I am becoming increasingly flexible (and exhausted).

If we do have a few friends over, which is always a possibility, then this is what I will serve, otherwise, I’ll just make it for the family.

Stay tuned later this week for some cool and refreshing Gluten Free Memorial Day Desserts.

Oh, and if you are looking for a good gluten-free baking class this summer, I would highly recommend the June class at the Culinary School of the Rockies.  It will be taught by Sarah Blecher, a professional pastry chef and gluten-freer.  This class will be a bit different than the ones that I taught there during the past few months, it will utilize more standard gluten-free ingredients.  Check it out.  The space is gorgeous and I can personally vouch for this ace instructor.  I may just sign up to take this one myself in order to learn some new techniques!


10 responses to “Memorial Day Recipe Roundup”

  1. Meagean -Thanks, we’re going to have fun this weekend. Hope you have a good one too!

    Ali -Thanks so much. You’ll see when you get there, it’s a lot of fun.

    CoconutGal Love your new avatar photo; you look even more healthy, happy and gorgeous than usual!

    Carol -Thanks so much for your comment. Yes, I agree, it is such a shame that healthy nutritious food is a privilege and not a right. I’m not sure I understand the other part of your comment, as the link is working and the site with the vegenaisse is too. Are you not able to purchase the veganaisse from there? What seems to be the problem? Also, that product is in health food stores around the country just in case you are not able to purchase it online. Hope this helps :-)

    Kelly -You too, dear.

    Meghan -Thanks so much Meghan, I hope you have a great weekend too.

    Shirley Thanks!

    Kim -“Your recipes are a true gift…” Wow, what a comment and what a gift back. Thank you so much and it’s always nice to bump into someone that really GETS the site –i.e. the whole low GI thing in addition to the GF thing :-)

    Becky -I haven’t wanted to weigh in on the agave debate, however, my current stance is that when I use it in moderation, my body is just fine with it. Though I really think it’s up to everyone to figure out what works best for them…

  2. Elana-I have been enjoying your recipes for a while now, ever since I discovered baking with almond flour! When I went GF due to heath problems and then made my son mostly GF for his eczema, your site and karina’s helped me so much. Now that I also try and control sugars from both simple and starchy foods for me and my family, your recipes are even more appreciated! I am curious, though, as to what your take is on the recent debate about agave nectar? I have been using it in recipes with great results and enjoy that I use half of the refined sugar or even organic rapadura I would normally use, but I am concerned with the fructose load on the liver-I have been attempting to find comparisons on fructose content in fruit versus various amounts of agave, honey, maple syrup, etc but have been unsuccessful thus far. My thought is that if the load is around the same for their baked goods as eating a few pieces of fresh fruit, it’s not going to harm their livers as they don’t eat much of anything with HFCS in it or other forms of fake fructose. Please let me know your opinion if you would, and thank you again for all the great recipes! (we recently had the almond flour vegan chocolate chip cookies and the carrot cake, both were phenomenal!)

  3. Thanks Elana! My family & I were trying to figure out what to make this weekend & these ideas are perfect. I am a newcomer to your site, and I have to say that I am absolutely hooked! My husband asked me what I was doing on the computer the other night, and I told him that I was addicted to this site – I just couldn’t stop looking through all of the wonderful recipes. I have only been gluten-free for a couple of months and have been through dozens of GF cookbooks and recipes in that time. The hardest part for me has been that most GF baking recipes seem to take the whole wheat flour out & hike up the refined sugar. Being hypoglycemic, I can’t even attempt to eat those types of things anymore – and I don’t want them to be a part of my son’s diet either. Your recipes are a true gift. I can’t even tell you how excited I was as I started going through them. I’ve been using almond flour and agave on my own for a while, but it’s often difficult to find actual recipes that utilize them. I can’t wait to get started. I’m thanking you now for giving me such great inspiration – and I know my family will thank you as they enjoy the wonderful food to come! Have a great weekend with your family.

  4. Elana, I love reading your recipes, though they often call for expensive or hard-to-find ingredients that I don’t buy. I have not found the grapeseed oil vegenaise at the site you linked or anywhere else. My husband is on a no-gluten, no-dairy, low potassium, celiac sprue and diabetic diet. I love the idea of coleslaw and un-potato salad, but need a recipe for a mayonaise without any of the ingredients he can’t eat that will also appeal to the rest of the family.


  5. Elana, does your family realize how unbelievably spoiled they are? Not only do they have you cooking for them everyday, but on Memorial Day they will have not one, not two, but three delicious wholesome desserts to choose from. I love my mother but she fed me Kraft Mac and Cheese and Costco muffins growing up.
    I hope you get to relax some this weekend. When I was younger I played softball, soccer, and basketball along with my sister (who also ran cross country and track) so we were always at one game or another, I remember how exhausting it was. Actually– that’s probably part of the reason I was fed boxed mac and cheese! Props to you for for keeping them healthy despite the busyness!! My hubb is afraid if we get to have kids that I will be VERY careful about what they eat. I’m proud to say I sure will be :)
    Looking forward to the treats you will share with us soon.

  6. Elana,

    My kids are not old enough yet for us to be in full gear with games and practices – I see it coming though!

    Looks like a great menu! Your brownies look divine, and made with almond butter. You are so creative!

    Hope you enjoy the day and get some rest, sounds nice!

    -Ali :)

  7. All these recipes sound perfect for a chill Memorial Day barbeque! Thanks for the ideas, Elena! Enjoy baseball season while it lasts (and while they are small!) because it will be over soon. It must be nice to be so involved in something your boys love. Try to get some rest this weekend!

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