It’s 2018, and chances are that at least one person attending your Thanksgiving dinner this year has a food allergy, sensitivity, or is following some type of special diet. We’ve rounded up some allergen-friendly side dishes that are so delicious, you won’t miss a thing!
Start with organic potatoes, local if possible. Try Vegan Mashed Potatoes made with vegan butter (buy soy-free, if you like) or this version from Martha Stewart, which uses olive oil. To lighten up this holiday favorite, try substituting steamed cauliflower for the potatoes, like this Creamy Mashed Cauliflower recipe. Or, substitute half of the potatoes in your favorite recipe – just be sure to adjust the amount of liquid as cauliflower will hold more moisture.
The best part of stuffing is the starchy texture and the generous use of savory herbs. If you’re following a gluten-free diet, you can still indulge! Try Wild Rice Stuffing with Prosciutto, Cherries, and Spiced Pecans or Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing or Simple Vegan Stuffing.
Luckily, vegetables are going to be the easiest part of the meal to modify for special diets. Plan to cook vegetables in a healthy oil such as avocado or olive. For nut allergies, try swapping out pumpkin or sunflower seeds. Rely on aromatics like fresh garlic, chives, or vibrant fresh herbs to liven up a dish without the use of dairy, wheat, or unhealthy fats. Fill your table with simple classics like Roasted Butternut Squash, Seared Brussels Sprouts, and Honey Maple Roasted Carrots. Here’s a great all-purpose Sweet Potato Casserole recipe which can be modified for vegan or paleo diets. Try this Vegan Green Bean Casserole with homemade French fried onion topping. Make it gluten-free by substituting an all-purpose gluten-free flour.
If you’re avoiding meat this holiday season, don’t miss our list of of heat-and-eat plant-based entrees in our Vegetarian Holiday Guide. For a homemade meal that is cozy and comforting, try Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf, Vegan Pot Pies or Vegan Shepherd’s Pie.
Vegans: Just because you’re not eating meat, it doesn’t mean you won’t want to slather those potatoes in gravy! Give this Vegan Gravy a whirl. For those following a gluten-free diet, rice flour makes an excellent substitution for wheat flour in traditional gravy recipes.
Don’t forget the most important part of the meal! For desert, try these vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free Pumpkin Pie Tarts with Sunflower Cookie Crust. If apple pie is more your thing, you’ll love this Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Crisp. Pecan pie lovers: don’t miss these vegan, gluten-free, and paleo Pecan Pie Bars.