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

by Chrystal Johnson on November 15, 2012

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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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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Chanisa@CityGirl/HippieMom November 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

I feel your pain, between my and my little’s food sensitivites I’m out gluten, dairy, soy and coconut. I’ve made almond milk everything! Thanks for all of these recipes I can add to my repertoire!


2 Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen
Twitter: BarbHoyer
November 15, 2012 at 7:36 am

I always forget about roasting vegetables as a gluten-free option! I should check out the stuffing recipes too since my gluten-free mil is joining us this year.
Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen recently posted..thanksgiving recipe inspiration: coconut pumpkin pudding


3 annie @ montanasolarcreations November 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm

What a great recipe round up, I pinned it and plan to try some of these out this year!
annie @ montanasolarcreations recently posted..10 Tips for Healthy Eating During the Holidays


4 Zenoobi
Twitter: gozenoobi
November 15, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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.


5 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
Twitter: PistachioProjec
November 15, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Wow! That’s a lot of foods/ingredients to avoid. Good for you trying to make it through the holidays with substitutions instead. I can’t even imagine trying to figure out so many alternatives! That being said, the alternatives look pretty good!
Brittany @ The Pistachio Project recently posted..Soaked and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


6 Leah at Crunchy Farm Baby November 16, 2012 at 11:41 am

Tons of great recipes! Thanks for sharing! We get together every year with our good friends and have a “Festivus” dinner where we share tons of great, healthy food. Can’t wait to use some of these!
Leah at Crunchy Farm Baby recently posted..Strolling through the Holidays – KiddyUSA Giveaway


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