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Gluten-free food for entertaining... 4 to try now

Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
Gluten-Free Mac & CheeseLeeanne Rebic Hay

Many people will be celebrating holidays with family and friends this week. Entertaining can become more complex when you combine holiday traditions with personal diets. Wouldn't it be great if products could do "double duty" and meet everyone's needs? Here are four items that you might want to add to your supermarket cart to take home and enjoy - alone or with others.

Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese
Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese Leeanne Rebic Hay

Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese

Trader Joe's does it again with an easy, cheese-y macaroni and cheese that eveyone can enjoy.  The package serves two good sized side dishes, or one big indulgence for an entree.  To spice it up, add some fresh ground pepper and a pinch of Kosher salt.  Do follow all the directions for the best results.  Good things take a little time, but this is worth it.

Dessert or snack, but always gluten-free
Dessert or snack, but always gluten-free Leeanne Rebic Hay

Dessert or snack, but always gluten-free

Van's makes some things that are just so tasty that you only buy them for special occasions - or risk eating the whole box in one day. Chew-y and loaded with chocolate chips, these cookie snack bars are great for adults with coffee or tea, and the kids will love dunking them in milk. The bars are about 3 inches x 1.5 inches in size which at first glance seems small, but their dense and rich flavor will satisfy most people.  Of course, you could eat two!

Cheese, please!
Cheese, please! Leeanne Rebic Hay

Cheese, please!

The Laughing Cow cheese company makes a 'Light Creamy Swiss' cheese wedge that is only 35 calories for over one ounce of creamy goodness.  Whether you put on a sandwich as a condiment addition, spread it on your favorite gluten-free cracker, or dip gluten-free pretzels into it, everyone can enjoy this low carb, big taste, gluten-free cheese. 

Better than Bubbe's soup
Better than Bubbe's soup Leeanne Rebic Hay

Better than Bubbe's soup

Maybe your grandmother, or your friend's grandmother, or the deli down the street made a great matzo ball soup. Maybe you need it to be gluten-free now.  Streit's Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup Mix is terrific. Even if you make your own chicken soup, the gluten-free matzo ball mix and recipe can be used for a semi-homemade meal. Also, when making the matzo balls, feel free to add fresh parsley, some dill, Kosher salt, and black pepper to the mix.  Flavorful, satisfying, and in keeping with tradition, this soup is a fantastic addition to any family meal.