Easter holiday is a special time for many people around the world, especially for Christians; it’s a time for celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter holiday marks the end of Lent, which is a time of fasting and praying. Easter is celebrated in many different ways throughout the world and even within the United States, but the one common thread is FOOD! Most people celebrate this holiday with a big feast! I can remember growing up in Angie, Louisiana, my mom would cook a huge meal which included cornbread dressing, collard greens or cabbage, turkey, cream cheese pound cake and pecan pie or sweet potato pie! In my home town, this was the traditional celebration feast, but it varies throughout Louisiana, because in southwest Louisiana it was about crawfish boils and boudin! What type of dinner do you typically cook for Easter?
As time progressed, dinners like the one I grew up eating have become a little different, as a result of my rheumatoid arthritis. Corn, which is the main ingredient of cornbread dressing, is on the list of potential inflammatory foods, as well as other foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs, coffee, poultry, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, egg plants, bell peppers, etc, which makes it not a good choice for those dealing with some form of arthritis.
Needless to say, I no longer cook my mom’s infamous cornbread dressing, instead I’ve created my own version—a twist on the old—that I call “Cornless Cornbread Dressing”! This recipe is perfect for me and those who struggle with joint problems or food allergies to corn or wheat. My recipe is not only corn free, but it also does not contain, dairy, eggs, soy or wheat! I know what you’re thinking, and you’re wrong! This recipe is absolutely delicious! In fact, it is so delicious that I decided to put it in my cookbook, So, What Can I Eat Now?!, which is available for purchase now on my website or on Amazon.com. To prove that this is really a tasty dish, one customer who purchased the book said that she cooked this recipe for Thanksgiving and her husband and other people who came for dinner loved it! This recipe is not lacking flavor at all and the best part about it is that it is healthy! My mouth is watering as I write this post! I wasn’t planning on cooking Sunday, but after this post, I think I’m heading to the store to purchase the ingredients to cook some “Cornless Cornbread Dressing” (or stuffing)!
So, my Easter dinner menu will indeed be a remix on my momma’s traditional dinner for sure! My menu will include the following:
- Cornless Cornbread dressing (free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs)
- Southern style petite green beans
- Candied butternut squash
- Decadent Apple cinnamon cake (free of gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs)
If you’re celebrating Easter, I would love to know how you and your family celebrate. Are you planning to throw down in the kitchen and prepare a huge feast or will you just go to someone’s home and enjoy their delicious dinner? I’d love to read about it!
Happy Easter or Resurrection Day!
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