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An Easy-to-Make Delicious Meal Your Family Will Love

This is the season for holiday meals and none compares to Thanksgiving as a holiday of food.

Although, here at Nourishing Hope, we have readers from 90 countries, where not all have “Thanksgiving.”  So whether you are looking for Thanksgiving or other Holiday recipes, here are some of my special diet favorites (all available in Cooking to Heal).

Unfortunately for those with food intolerances, the prospect of a Thanksgiving or Holiday meal rich in gluten and dairy leaves many saying “no thanks!” Traditional stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite, is made from bread (wheat). Gravy is made with wheat flour, and mashed potatoes are loaded with milk, cream and butter. Pumpkin pie contains wheat and dairy. All of these foods are off limits for those following a gluten-free and casein-free diet (GFCF diet).

But you needn’t miss out on these delicious holiday dishes, nor the good times that accompany Thanksgiving – not just because your on a gluten-free or other allergen-free diet. With a little ingenuity you can maintain the special diet your family is on right through the holidays.

Turkey is inherently gluten-free and dairy-free unless you add something containing those ingredients.  Use safe herbs and spices, oils, and avoid flour often used as thickener for gravy.  Avoid “apple pie spice” and other spice blends in your Thanksgiving dinner (because blends almost always have gluten).

Holiday meals often are notoriously deficient on vegetables.  Typically there is one “token” vegetable that no one eats.  So I’ve included some tasty vegetables that guests will love!  In fact, this year my Brussels Sprouts have been requested as an encore, since everyone loved them so much last year.   Also, check out this beautiful Kale, Beet, and Pomegranate salad – it’s delicious and the colors are so festive.  Most vegetable recipes can be make gluten-free and dairy-free if they are not already, so consider adapting one of your favorites.

For mashed potatoes: you can very easily substitute non-dairy milk for  milk or cream in the mashed potatoes, and certified casein-free ghee or other fat for the butter, or try my starch-free cauliflower “mashed potatoes.”

For a pie, there is no excuse not to do GFCF—there are so many options and no one will know the difference!

For those following gluten-free and casein-free, here’s a simple and delicious GFCF Thanksgiving dinner – along with recipes. Your guests won’t know the difference.

And if you are following a grain-free and starch-free diet such as GAPS, SCD, or Paleo, simply avoid the stuffing and the crust for the pumpkin pie (just bake the filling alone in the dish), and for the gravy avoid the flour and simply simmer down the pan drippings, and you’ll have a wonderful meal that’s compliant with your special diet.

Gluten-Free/Special Diet Holiday Menu

Roasted Turkey
Gluten-Free Stuffing
Gluten-Free Gravy
Cranberry Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes
Confetti Brussels Sprouts
Kale, Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Pumpkin Pie

Whether you follow these ideas or create your own meal, with a few new twists on your old classics, you can make an allergy-free Thanksgiving/Holiday meal that is simple and delicious.




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  1. Trudy Scott Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist November 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    How wonderful to create a whole menu for us and provide the recipes – thank you SO much! sharing with my peeps – they’ll love me for it!

    Happy thanksgiving to you and your lovely family!

  2. linda colleran December 6, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    julie assisted my three year old child with a detox off of wheat, dairy, and white sugar. Kevin had numerous tics, head rolls, eye darts, vocal and motor tics. Kevin had autistic stims and arm flaps. My son would not always answer to his name when he was called. After julie assisted with helping me feed my son, kevin rode is bike for the first time two weeks into the detox. After four months on the diet, and many supplements including b12 in large doses with flush free vitamin b3 kevin no longer showed any autistic traits. Kevin has no stims always answers to his name and has no head rolls, eye darts, vocal grunts, and is very close to being completely tic free Today kevin lost his diagnoses for aspergers, and only has a diagnoses for anxiety disorder, not bad! thank you julie for the knowledge about intergrative health,detox, and diet that started kevin into his full recovery from the world of autism. a mom from great river long island ny linda colleran

  3. Rachel November 23, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Hej Julie,
    Thanks for these, I can use them over the Christmas period as the November ‘Thanks giving’ does not exist in Europé.
    Enjoy your holidays!
    ATB from Rachel

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