Today, I am sharing my collection of gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving recipes that I have accumulated this past year. I can’t believe how quickly Thanksgiving has crept up on us. This time of year always seems to go at warp speed. This is our family’s first gluten-free (and dairy-free) Thanksgiving. It’s almost been one year since we found out my youngest son was allergic to wheat and dairy. In fact, it was right after last Thanksgiving that my son started complaining of stomach pains, which we would later find out were due to his food allergies.
Preparing our family’s Thanksgiving meal is usually pretty easy for me, but this year I was a little nervous about making breakfast breads, stuffing, pumpkin pie and apple crisp, since these all needed to be gluten-free. I’ve been busy experimenting in the kitchen over the past month to make sure I have a delicious and healthy gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving meal for the entire family. When I first started out cooking gluten-free for my son, I prepared two dinners, one for him, and one for everyone else. It was a ton of work!
I soon realized how much easier it would be if I just made one meal for the entire family that was gluten-free. The only caveat was that it had to taste really good. It’s easy to cook gluten-free, but a lot harder to bake gluten-free.
You see, my earlier forays into gluten-free baking were not always successful so I have had to gradually earn back the trust of my boys. Fortunately, I’ve gotten better at baking gluten-free so they have learned that eating gluten-free goodies doesn’t mean eating grainy, off-flavored baked goods. In fact, they now know that gluten-free quick breads, cakes and cookies can taste pretty darn good.
If you’re entertaining guests for Thanksgiving, it’s likely that someone will be on a special diet, whether it’s gluten-free, dairy-free (or lactose-intolerant), vegetarian or vegan. I hope this collection of healthy gluten-free and dairy-free recipes from my kitchen provides a resource for you if you haven’t finished planning your Thanksgiving menu.
Enjoy and I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!
Chili Spiced Almonds
Assorted Tartine (serve on gluten-free bread)
Orange Beet Dip on Endive
A Healthier Crab Dip
Spiced Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Fresh Beet and Apple Soup
Creamless Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Thai Curried Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Creamless Cream of Mushroom Soup
Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Quinoa Mushroom Pilaf (vegan main dish)
Mushroom Cornbread Stuffing Muffins
Butternut Squash Casserole
Coconut Spiced Sweet Potato Casserole
Sugar and Spice Roasted Winter Squash
Oven Roasted Vegetables with Sage and Thyme
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Grapes
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Winter Squash
Glazed Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Cauliflower and Potatoes
Roasted Broccoli and Cherry Tomatoes
Persimmon Pomegranate Salad
Festive Clementine Avocado Salad
Green Salad with Pears, Cranberries and Walnuts
Gluten-Free Apple Oatmeal Crisp
Cranberry Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Orange, Pear and Persimmon Cake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
Steamed Ginger Pears (leave out Greek Yogurt topping and substitute Orange Cashew Cream)
* Note: If you’re serving turkey, be aware that some turkeys are injected with basting solutions that contain gluten. For gluten-free turkeys, please see this list.