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Add these carrot rolls to your next appetizer plates which, of course will be full of great gluten free party snacks, right? These are so beautiful with such rich colors and textures, they’re sure to satisfy everyone!
They’re also great for warm weather, being a cold appetizer made of tuna, spices like thyme and of course healthy vegetables.
So, here’s another idea for your quick gluten and dairy free appetizer plates. Gluten free party snacks can be tricky as we know. But, so many people are avoiding these two foods, that it is almost as necessary as having some nut-free options available.
Of course, your guests will also just love the presentation and rich taste of these healthy low carb appetizers.
Peas and Carrots
“Eat your peas and carrots!” I can remember my mother telling me that as a kid and I hated them both. Raw carrots were fine, but cooked? Ick, no way and don’t even think about peas!
With the health benefits of these foods, I am glad my tastes have changed. I like them now. However, if my mom had the time and energy to make these carrot rolls and serve them to us on appetizer plates maybe we would’ve eaten them? Ah…maybe not. We preferred the simple stuff like many kids do.
Of course, I am being sarcastic here. What mom of 5 girls would have had time to make such fancy things for daily consumption? I never did this for my kids when they were little. I was too darn tired. They were lucky to get some basic meatloaf or chicken dishes out of me.
Can you Boil Water? Then you can make these.
We try to post gluten and dairy free recipes that are simple and quick because we just don’t have a lot of spare time for cooking these days. I’m pretty sure many of you can relate to that.
With these gluten free party snacks, pretty much all you have to know how to do is boil water, slice, and mix. Well, maybe you also need to measure a few spices too but hey, that’s not too bad right?
And just look at what a little bit of work can produce?
Let’s Talk about the Ingredients
These amazing vegetables provide more than a few health benefits including the antioxidant, beta carotene and are a great natural source of vitamin A. Read Dr. Axe’s post on the benefits of carrots and carrot juice to learn a lot more about why you should be eating your carrots!
Did you know that green peas contain some important vitamins and minerals? They have iron, zinc, manganese, and copper, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Red Bell Pepper-
Although I personally can’t do nightshade vegetables too much, I can’t deny the health benefits of many. Red bell peppers have a tremendous amount of vitamin C and also contain lutein and some B6 which helps keep our nervous systems healthy.
Tuna can get a bad rap for having mercury and it is true that you shouldn’t eat it in excess. That said, there’s nothing wrong with eating some and enjoying the energy of the protein it provides as well as some great omega 3 fatty acids.
Is a natural antimicrobial, has vitamin C, Iron and more. Here’s a more comprehensive post by Dr. Axe again on the benefits of Thyme.
Now you see why you are not only pleasing some taste buds at your party, but also feeding your guests with great care of their well-being.
Gluten Free Party Snacks on your Appetizer Plates
Let’s talk now about the actual recipe process. Slicing the carrots can be a little tricky. However, if you use a tool such as this chef’s slicer , it may be more precise.
It is very important to slice carefully such that you end up with a long thin slice that is intact in the end so you can roll them up. So, when you boil please do not boil for too long or they will be too soft or mushy. You want a pliable carrot slice but yet just a bit al dente.
Also, I prefer chopping up the red bell pepper pretty finely. You want them big enough to show their color but not any bigger then your small peas.
The amount of mayonnaise and type is up to you. We like organic products but any type will work out pretty well for you. I feel like this recipe has a perfect amount of mayo but you may like yours a little more moist. Just be careful not to over do it or you will have a messy snack.
This gluten free party snack will also provide a meat-free option for those people at your party who are honoring the practice of not eating red meat one or two days per week.
The no-meat movement is growing mainly due to environmental concerns yet there could be some benefits of decreasing your consumption of meat. Here is one opinion on the subject.
We eat meat and we like it! It provides many essential nutrients and complete protein sources. However, there is nothing wrong with changing it up and supporting the environment by going meat-free short term, now and then.
And for those who are meat lovers, you can also serve these delicious dairy and gluten free party snacks.
- Boil salted water in a saucepan
- wash the carrots and cut them into long thin slices (about 3 mm thickness)
- Put the slices carefully into the boiling water and cook for just 3 to 5 minutes
- Place the hot carrots into cold water for 3 minutes
- Carefully place the long carrot strips onto paper towel or other clean absorbent surface to remove excess water
- Next, boil your peas and drain once cooked to desired softness
- Now, in a bowl, add the peas, red bell pepper, thyme, tuna, mayonnaise, salt and pepper and mix them altogether
- In each carrot slice, drop about a teaspoon of the mixture.
- Roll them up
- Arrange on a appetizer plate and serve cold.