By Gabriela Ciobotaru, Flannerys Nutritionist
Platters are a great way to incorporate an array of delicious treats all in one glorious place while inspiring those inner foodie styling skills. The options are endless, so we thought we’d start you off with a few!
A gluten-free diet should not be an inconvenient factor when it comes to celebrations. If you are thinking about how you can still enjoy the variety of a fancy spread while on a gluten-free diet, here are some tips and alternatives. Start with adding a source of protein like Flannerys nitrate-free deli meats, then place some aged cheeses, there’s a great selection in our fridge. Scatter nuts such as almonds, macadamia, hazelnuts around, and then include some fruit and vegetables. Go for chopped celery stalks, carrot, cherry tomatoes, grapes, figs and pears. Finally, you can’t forget the savoury and crunchy side of your platter. Add some nut and seed crackers and rice crackers, or opt for gluten-free bread, such as buckwheat or Venerdi’s Paleo Seeded Bread. Make sure you add some sauerkraut for some extra probiotics and your favourite gluten-free dip! We love Roza’s Gourmet range.
Did someone mention a vegan platter? There are so many varieties and great food choices to replace the usual salami and cheese which are vegan friendly, nutritious and delicious. If you want a hard cheese alternative you can opt for an almond mozzarella type such as Greengrove Foods Notzarella, or a coconut-based cheddar cheese. For a soft cheese alternative there are a variety of cashew-based cheeses that can be plain or choose a flavoured style with dill, Italian herbs or even a basil pesto. We love Kehoes’s Pesto ‘Cream Cheese’, it’s super flavoursome and full of probiotics. To replace the meaty flavour, go for Nobel Jerky, we love the teriyaki flavour, falafels or some plant-based patties. For freshness, extra nutritional content, and more colour, play with your fruits and vegetables. Add apples, dried apricots or figs, capsicum, tomatoes, carrot and fennel…select pieces that you can cut up and place decoratively on your platter.
There is no proper celebration without something sweet, and a dessert platter is the best way to alternate different types of treats. Start off with creating your own organic vegan cake which is super simple with The Gluten-Free Food Co mixes. If you want to add something decadent and rich, opt for some squares of dark chocolate, our bulk bins have plenty of variety. Fruits are always a ‘go to’ for a dessert platter, so add seasonal organic mangoes, cherries, grapes, raspberries, and why not add a chocolate dipping sauce (the Vego Spread is amazing!) and consider topping off with some crushed nuts. To decorate, add a few dried figs, apricots, plums, nuts and try Tom and Luke Protein Balls. The Pana Chocolate Coconut & Goji Chocolate and Loving Earth Chocolate Cranberries are some other great options to sprinkle in-between the fruits and add some extra yumminess to your platter.