Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free, Healthy and Tasty!)

Food, friends, family and good feelings: what isn’t there to love about Thanksgiving?

For many people dealing with food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances, food-centered holidays like Thanksgiving can be tough.  Even without navigating tricky foods, traditional sugar- and starch-laden dishes leave many feeling sluggish and unwell, sometimes for days.

Let’s not forget that the sweets and starches of Thanksgiving often roll right into the cookies of Christmas.

Skip the bad feelings and start the holidays wisely by choosing your menu wisely!  Nourish the ones for whom you are grateful by filling their plates with delicious, nutrient dense foods that will leave them full and happy.

Here are a few of our favorite gluten-, dairy-, soy-, sugar-free recipes from around the web.

Notes and Tips, regardless of the recipes you choose:

-Need egg-free? Per egg substitute one of the following: ¼ cup of yogurt; ¼ cup of the liquid left from draining canned beans; 1 tablespoon ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of hot water

-Increase the mineral content and protein digestion of your meal by using bone broth in place of water in any savory dish.

-In most recipes, butter, olive oil and coconut oil are interchangeable.  Use what is right for your family’s dietary needs and preferences.  (The exception of this is sauteing and frying: refined coconut oil or leftover fat from a roast or bacon is best for high heat; olive oil should not be heated past about 300F; butter may burn if left on high heat.)

-Don’t forget to review our Easy Health Promoting Habits in the Kitchen.  #2 is essential during Thanksgiving prep!

The Menu


Before the main meal is a great time to eat fresh foods that will increase digestive enzymes.  Do not overlook the power of the vegetable tray!  Make a dip with yogurt (non-dairy, if needed) or kefir to sneak in probiotics before the meal even begins.

Herby Kefir Ranch Dip

Cultured Onion Dip (maybe with plantain chips?)

Side Dishes

Make these up to 3 days ahead, and reheat them while the turkey rests.

Simple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Mixed Greens with Mustard Dressing (we use boxed greens!)

Main Course

Dry Brined Turkey Plan this well ahead of time!

with 3-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce and Cauliflower Gravy

(Not feeding a crowd? This Slow Cooker Turkey Breast looks delish.)


Sweet and Spicy Nuts

Grain-Free Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream

*To make the pie egg-free, whip ¾ cup of aquafaba into stiff peaks, then fold into the remaining pre-mixed filling ingredients