Monday, May 12, 2014

Gluten Free Taco Bar


taco bar with bowls of vegetables, refried beans, bean, and salsa

We had an amazing gluten free Mexican Taco party that was enjoyed by all- those who were gluten free and those that were not.

From the photo, you can see I chose a Mexican theme. It worked for everyone , and the great thing about real food is that it is naturally gluten free. Nothing has to be altered to make it gluten free. This meal is also mostly vegan.

This is what the guests had to say!!

Rena (Not vegan nor Gluten Free) - "I love this food- can't get enough"

Dave ( Meat Eater- not GF) " The Sweet Potatoes are fabulous, How did you make them?"

Valerie ( Meat Eater not GF) - Amazing Meal.Loved everything

Wendy- ( Meat Eater not GF) - Had so much fun- great meal

Vicki- ( vegetarian not GF) I am stuffed- so good

Appetizers :  I kept the appetizers easy by purchasing them at Trader Joe's
  • Cilantro and jalepeno humus - BEST humus ever !!!! LOVE THIS HUMUS- you will too
  • Tri Color humus - 2nd best humus ever - 3 layers of humus in one container - 
  • White Bean Dip - great !! Made from beans very tasty
  • Guacamole- we made our own - so simple
  • Corn Chips ( Trader Joe's says that they only use  NON GMO corn in their products) 

Drinks- 

Frozen Watermelon Smoothie in a wine glass

Frozen Kiwi Mojito in a tall glass














Dinner 

Make your own Taco Bar
Lots of fun and everyone served themselves. 
I cut up tomatoes, red, yellow, and orange peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, tomatillas, all in separatebowls, homemade salsa, guacamole, Greek yogurt, re- fried beans, shredded cheese ( from

Trader Joe's - no hormones in their cheeses) mango salsa. I put it all out on my counter and let everyone help themselves. ( I had corn tortillas - crunchy and soft
small bowls of chopped cucumber, tomato, onion, and parsley
cutting up ingredients for the taco bar 

corn chips in a basket


    Rice and beans in a bowl
    sweet potato fries on a plate with a lime







  • Mexican Dirty 
  • Rice and Beans - fabulously simple but unbelievable tasty recipe




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  • Dirty Rice and Beans
  • Roasted Sweet Potato Fries - This was the biggest hit. I cut them up in advance , put into a flat wide Corning-ware and kept warm on a hot plate during the party. ( the recipe link is for Cajun sweet potato fries) but I made them for this party differently-
  • Make them this way
  •  I made my fries without seasoning at all, just tossed with coconut oil. They were sweet and delicious.
Bowl of guacamole with people dipping

  • Cheese Quesadillas - corn tortillas and cheese ( made by Wendy) no pics !





    • We were 25 people and only 3 were gluten free,  yet everyone raved about the food!
      If you use real food, it's easy to be gluten free ( just watch any processed or packaged foods you add - must be labels.)

      Gluten Free Tip: Wheat , Rye and Barley are never gluten free and sometimes oats are not
       Are oats gluten free? Yes and No - For more understanding read about oats.

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      10 comments:

      1. This all looks very healthy, refreshing and quite delicious. A beautiful Mother's Day dinner. Blessings, Catherine xo

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        1. Catherine,
          It was not only healthy ; it was a fun and satisfying meal. I love picking a theme for parties.

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      2. We sometimes do burrito bowls when we have guests over. This is similar to the taco bar you've described. Everyone can choose which items they like for their bowl (rice, beans, chicken, avocados, pico, lettuce, cheese, etc.), so it works out perfectly.
        Maybe next time we'll do a taco bar instead!

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        1. I love parties where I can mix and max and create my own. Love your idea too.

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      3. What a wonderful taco bar - such a lot of healthy, wholesome ingredients, Judee! And I love the drinks to accompany the feast. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. I pinned this post to my Gluten Free board on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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        1. Thanks for pinning it April. I really appreciate it. The drinks really top off the meal! We made most of them virgin

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      4. This looks so good- a really fun idea for dinnertime! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Delicious Dish Tuesday! We'd love for you to share our button or a link back to one of the hosts so your readers know where to find other great recipes like this one! Cant wait to see what you share with us next week!

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        1. Alesha,
          Thanks for the comment. I create a link to my blog party page which is listed by the day. It's too many to list on each post. I'll see what I can do. Thanks

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      5. Hi Judee,
        What a great Taco Bar, this would be so much fun and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
        Miz Helen

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        1. Glad you like the Taco Bar full of all fresh vegetables!

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