Typical breaded stuffing and pumpkin pie might be out for us g-free’ers this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delightful, gluten-free Thanksgiving!
We go to my sister and brother-in-laws each year for the holiday. My brother-in-law is a fantastic cook and there are several things he always ensures are gluten free for me. Last year was nothing short of fabulous!
I am fortunate that family and friends (for the most part) are very supportive. But if I were at home celebrating Thanksgiving with just Ryan and myself, the Thanksgiving meal would likely look much different. Remember, I like to facilitate ease and simplicity with my gluten-free cooking and baking when at all possible.
Here are 15 simple, gluten-free foods for your own Thanksgiving:
- Raw Nuts (munch on these while waiting around, talking and just being – use a nutcracker if you can, as it will help you to avoid overeating handfuls upon handfuls!)
- A Light and Gluten-Free Fall Salad (let’s get this party started!)
- Sweet Potatoes (plain, with brown sugar, butter, Greek yogurt, etc.)
- Turkey (buy it plain and add to it fresh spices and herbs, lemon, garlic, etc. Be cautious of pre-made turkey that have non-gluten-free seasonings.)
- Acorn Squash Stuffed Quinoa & Blue Cheese
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (flavor the way you like them)
- Cranberry Sauce (try this simple one: Cranberry Sauce with Clementines and Cinnamon)
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Grapes & Walnuts
- Gluten-Free Bread Stuffing (note: I like Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread. substitutions I would make: ghee butter in place of the salted butter and my homemade chicken broth in place of the pre-made chicken broth – make up a huge batch of it, and freeze, taking out little-by-little for recipes like this, saving you time and money!)
- Gluten-Free Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (I would swap the Parmesan for some of my beloved Laughing Cow Cheese. Heck, I’d prefer the Roasted Garlic Cheesy Mashed Potatoes in place of “real” white mashed potatoes any day!)
- Roasted Vegetables
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie
- Gluten-Free Baked Apple Crumble
- Wine! –> a Thanksgiving staple
- Really Vanilly Whipped Cream (cream – real – whipped cream)
Ps. Wondering why “gravy” was not on the list? I don’t like it. I would never make it. So I’m not going to be fake and put it on here as I would eat it myself:) I think you’ll understand. But just in case you don’t, here is a gluten-free gravy recipe!
Make sure to eat up and delightfully enjoy the food and day. Remember to not worry about the calories; Friday will be a new day to get back on your track. Thanksgiving is your day to enjoy the gluten-free food and family and friends around you!
Question: What is your favorite (and simple) gluten-free Thanksgiving menu item?