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When you’re living with food allergies or intolerances, the holidays can be difficult. So many seasonal foods you used to enjoy are now off limits. You may feel depressed that you don’t get to eat some of the favorites that you loved. I felt that way when I first had to alter my diet thanks to food intolerances, but now, our family has many tasty substitutes that we’ve come to love, which I want to share with you. Here are the best gluten free dairy free Thanksgiving recipes we enjoy each year:
Of course, at Thanksgiving, the turkey is the star of the show.
Choose Your Turkey Carefully
We start with Mary’s gluten free turkey. We order our turkey from Natural Grocer and get it a few days before Thanksgiving. If you don’t have access to Mary’s turkeys, there are several other brands that are gluten free.
How to Prepare Your Turkey
We usually prepare our turkey by coating it generously inside and out with olive oil and herbs. This helps keep the turkey moist, and it makes it flavorful. This is a good recipe to follow for preparing a turkey with olive oil if you need more direction.
Once our turkey is done cooking, my husband puts all the juices in a pan. I add about 3 tablespoons gluten free flour in a bowl (Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour is our favorite) with some of the juice and whisk it together. (This helps prevent lumps.) Then, I pour that mixture into the pan with the rest of the juices and continue to whisk over medium to medium-low heat until the gravy is thick. Sometimes I add salt and pepper and onion flakes.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
I’ve experimented with mashed potatoes, and if you also have a nut allergy or intolerance, try these mashed potatoes that I make with chicken broth. The key with this recipe is to pour the chicken broth in a bowl after the potatoes are done cooking and gradually add back as much of the broth as you need when mashing them to make smooth potatoes.
If you don’t have any issues with nuts, you can use dairy free butter and unsweetened, plain almond milk.
We don’t stuff our turkey. Instead, we making stuffing (often called dressing), and eat it on the side. I’ll be honest, we like dressing, but it’s not the big star of the show for us, so I usually buy a boxed version like Aleia’s Gluten Free Savoring Stuffing.
If you want to make your own stuffing, this stuffing recipe would be a nice one.
Our traditional vegetable sides used to be broccoli cheese casseerole, green bean casserole, etc. Most of them had cream of something soup in them. Obviously, we can’t make those anymore, though there are recipes for homemade dairy free cream of mushroom soup.
However, we find it easier to just make plain vegetables such as asparagus, broccoli, or green beans.
Gluten Free Dairy Free Pecan Pie
A few years ago, we really wanted a pecan pie. I found a pecan pie recipe that was allergen friendly–no gluten or dairy! Even better, it doesn’t have any refined sugar. Let me tell you, this pie is delicious!!
I cheat on the crust and buy Wholly Wholesome’s Gluten Free pie crust. I find these at Sprout’s and Natural Grocers.
If your Thanksgiving won’t be the same without Pumpkin Pie, I understand! This allergen-friendly Pumpkin Pie is delicious, but honestly, I don’t make the homemade crust. I just use the Wholly Wholesome gluten free pie crust.
I know that many people say you can make your own whip cream with coconut cream, but I’ve not had any luck with that. Instead, I use So Delicious Dairy Free CoCo Whip.
Being gluten free and/or dairy free doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the holidays. With the best gluten free dairy free Thanksgiving recipes, you’ll be able to have a delicious Thanksgiving meal spread. I bet your guests would never guess they were eating gluten free and dairy free if you didn’t tell them!
What are your favorite gluten free and dairy free holiday recipes?