A New Look at Thanksgiving Meals – Thanks to My Food Allergies

Welcome to the November 2012 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Healthy Holiday Meals.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our members have written posts about how they are making healthy choices during their holiday celebrations.


Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy have always been my favorite part. But Brian makes a mean batch of stuffing – I never liked stuffing before I tasted his. And sampling a little of this and a little of that is fun too.

I always end up eating too much, but it’s just one day a year. It’s a comforting holiday that is associated with food and being thankful that we have access to that abundance of food.

This Thanksgiving is going to be interesting for me. It’ll be the first year that I have to deal with foods surrounding me that I can’t eat. No gluten, no dairy, no soy and no egg whites. So many traditional Thanksgiving meals are made with one or more of those ingredients.

So what’s a girl to do? I’ve been looking for recipes to make this Thanksgiving a little easier, and wanted to share a few I’ve rounded up.

If you’re dealing with similar food allergies or will have someone attending your Thanksgiving festivities who is, I hope this will give you some ideas on how to keep your Thanksgiving traditions while still adhering to your dietary restrictions.

Gluten, Dairy & Sugar-Free Squash Pie From Spring Mountain Living

Sugar Free Cranberry Sauce from The Pistachio Project

Roasted Veggies from Your Thriving Family

Here are a Few of My Recipes You Can Try:

More Holiday Recipes I Want to Try:

A few of these recipes don’t meet all of my requirements for gluten, dairy, soy and egg white free. I am still experimenting with substitutions, but I find that unsweetened almond milk can be swapped out for dairy milk pretty much all of the time. You can use full fat coconut milk in place or cream, or Tropical Traditions has a great coconut cream concentrate, which is even better.

As for eggs, I found a great resource for egg substitutions. It even tells you when you should use which substitution.

I’m still learning how to cook with all of my dietary restrictions, so I’m always open to tips and suggestions if you have any to share – especially with the holidays upon us!


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  1. says

    We recently got the results back from our allergist, and it turns out that my little man is allergic to a lot of things that I had never considered. Our list of allergen free food is growing – so thanks for the list.

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