Living with food allergies and intolerances is a brand new life, and many of us don’t realize this until it hits us. So this article will be focusing on holiday tips, and also the best gluten free turkey meatball recipes.
Holiday Stress Tips
It is no surprise the holidays provide stress for many people, and who more than the people who are planning and preparing the family Thanksgiving meal? When I was a boy I never realized or appreciated my mother and grandmother, but now that I am grown up I am aware of how much work they put into making everything just right. I can remember them starting early in the morning, and in fact, it was still dark outside when I started to hear the rattling of pots and pans. So be very grateful to whoever is doing the cooking this year, and appreciate them properly by telling them so.
Tips For Thanksgiving
I am sharing the tips with you from the website Mayo Clinic, so you can be sure you can trust this information. I often use this website for my own health issues, and I do recommend you do the same when you need to. Before I share the following with you, I chose the best gluten free turkey meatball recipes because this would be a great dish for kids. So you might want to consider adding this to your menu if you have children in the family, and I am positive they will love having this as a surprise dish just for them.
- Be honest with your family how you are feeling, I know the majority of mothers and grandmothers take on this responsibility without even complaining. By sharing your feelings you also can enjoy Thanksgiving more, and you m right be surprised that your family will be more than happy to give you a helping hand?
- If you are living alone as I am you might be feeling a bit lonely this time of the year, and this could be especially true this year more than any other with the COVID virus. Volunteering if there are any opportunities is a very good strategy, and if not, you could just do something nice for some of your neighbors for the holiday.
- Emails and online chatting might be how you must spend this year with family living far in distance. Again with the virus many of us will not be traveling this year, and this might be a very lonely time for us?
- Every family has certain members who get on our nerves, but we must do our best to ignore them and try to enjoy the time together anyway. Remember many people are stressed out more now than ever, so there may be some short fuses and negativity from some family members.
- It is important to stick to your budget as much as you possibly can, and some families might have a smaller spending budget this year than other years. Never feel embarrassed to ask family members to bring a dish when they arrive, and the whole point of this day is to be grateful for what we do have and spend it with friends and family.
- Donate to a charity that will help other families that are less fortunate than you, I find when I am feeling blue doing something for others perks up my mood.
- Thanksgiving is a good time to start thinking about making home-made gifts for Christmas, so if you have any hobbies use them to give gifts this year if your spending budget is limited.
- If things are extremely tough this year consider family exchanges for Christmas, and remember it is not the gift that is what is important but the idea you are doing something for someone you love and care about.
- Organizing can make such a difference when it comes to stress, so planning out what you need to do is another important tip from the Mayo Clinic. I like to do a little each day when preparing for a big project, I find this keeps me busy without overwhelming me so maybe this is something you could try?
- The most difficult word for mothers and grandmothers to tell their family is NO, but even you have your limits and must do what is best for you to stay calm and enjoy the holidays as well.
- Many people neglect taking care of themselves as well, but this is a time when you need to take even better care of yourself with so much to do.
- Focus on healthy snacks instead of too many of the goodies loaded with sugar and sodium, you will find this will do wonders for feeling less stressed. Vegetables and dips are a good choice, you will be putting natural anti-inflammatories into your body that is good for your immune system.
- Never put sleep on the back burner, and you will find with proper sleep you will have more energy and be feeling less anxiety and stress with so many things to get done.
- Be sure to take time to go for a walk or even a little yoga each day, you might be surprised how much a short walk or yoga workout will do for your energy and anxiety levels.
- I find playing music really improves my mood during stressful times, and holiday music is always a good choice to keep yourself in a good mood.
I have added some of the things that work for me as well as the Mayo Clinic’s holiday tips in their article, so you can read their entire article with the link in this paragraph.
First Turkey Meatball Recipe
For my first recipe today I am going to be sharing from the website Flippin Delicious, and this is one of the better sites to visit when it comes to preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday.
What You Need
- Ground turkey
- Gluten-free breadcrumbs
- An egg If you have an egg allergy, you can leave it out and add about 2 extra tablespoons of milk. Your mixture will be more delicate,
- I use unsweetened plain coconut milk or almond milk, but you can also use dairy milk or another unsweetened plain milk substitute.
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder is easily evenly distributed throughout the turkey meatball mixture
I would like to add when you eat out and order turkey balls that are not usually gluten-free, and the reason for this is most restaurants are going to be adding gluten breadcrumbs. So this is something to consider when you dine out, I just thought this was important to share with you.
How To Prepare Your Meatballs
You will basically mix all the ingredients above together, and the recipe did not provide how much of each of these ingredients to add. You will want your mixture to be sticking together yet moist, and as for the spices, I would use them sparingly if this is your first time using them in a recipe. I prepare pretty much all my meals in my slow cooker, but you can bake them in your oven and even freeze them to use later. Flippin Delicious provides a lot of interesting information in this article, and I do recommend you use the link provided to learn more about the best gluten free turkey meatball recipes.
Thanksgiving Prayer For Families
Many of us don’t officially give thanks with a prayer before our meals all the time, but for this holiday most families will thank the Lord for the food on their table. So if you are looking for a short prayer, I have one for you that I hope you share.
God, we thank you for the blessing and joy of family. Thank you for those who are gathered with us today and those who are far away. May we all see the many ways you provide for us, comfort us, and protect us. Bless this food to make us healthy and strong.
I am sharing this prayer from the article 20 Thanksgiving Prayers & Family Blessings of Gratitude, so you can use the link to this article for more prayer ideas if you desire to.
Prayer Of Thanks
O, heavenly Father: We thank thee for food and remember the hungry. We thank thee for health and remember the sick. We thank thee for friends and remember the friendless. We thank thee for freedom and remember the enslaved. May these remembrances stir us to service, that thy gifts to us may be used for others.
— Abigail van Buren
You can find 23 more prayers like the Prayer of Thanks provided by The Country Living website, and as I always try to do I have included a link to the article for your convenience.
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Best Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Recipes
To complete my article to you today, I am going to provide you some good resources, and I will also provide links for each one because I want to be as helpful to my readers as I possibly can. If you find Free Family Solutions valuable, I would appreciate you leaving comments at the end of this article.
- All Recipes
- Food Fanatic
- Kim and Kaylee
- Lexis Clean Living
- Savory Lotus
- Real Food Whole Life
- Gluten-Free Palate
These are on the first page of my search for the best recipes for you, so I would say these are very good websites to start your search for turkey meatball recipes.
I included this link to how to make gluten-free breadcrumbs because this might be something valuable for you to know how to do, and this link will take you to the article written by Nicole Hunn. So this concludes my article Best Gluten Free Turkey Meatball Recipes, and I would love to hear from any of you who wish to share if this article was helpful for you.
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