Flax Huts

In years past, our Gingerbread House Competition was a highlight of the Christmas season. Every December, graham crackers, powdered sugar, and candy were magically transformed into masterpieces.

Given our current dietary needs, we decided to come up with an alternative. A gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, dairy-free version which we titled "Ginger Flax Hut Competition."

We used chia gel and honey for glue. The homemade glue made of milk, white vinegar, and baking soda failed, so we resorted to non-toxic school glue when necessary. We used cranberries, rhubarb, daikon radish, green beans, mung beans, broccoli, kelp, nori (which makes a great roof), green juice pulp, carrots, cauliflower, cinnamon sticks, and lots of imagination.

Pictured below, a sampling of our award-winning entries.

The best news about our new tradition? We weren't tempted to eat our creations. The broccoli and green beans somehow lost their appeal.

Coming after Christmas: 10 Rational Reasons for Not Changing Your Diet in the New Year. Stay tuned!