I know celebrations across the country may look a little different for everyone this year, but that’s no reason to pass up a delicious Thanksgiving meal! When I first was diagnosed with celiac disease, something I worried I’d miss out on was the food during certain holidays, which traditionally tend to be pretty gluten-focused. What I’ve realized is that there are actually very simple substitutions for most traditional dishes, especially now.
Whether you’re working through digestive issues, navigating food sensitivities, have a guest joining you that can’t eat gluten or dairy, or simply want healthy and delicious recipes, I hope this menu takes some of the planning off your plate. The recipes all happen to also be vegan (or can be easily modified) and free of refined sugar!
You’ll note we don’t have a recipe in here for a roast turkey, mostly because everyone has their own way of making it, but we have you covered on the everything else.
If you’re like me, you’ll agree that every dinner party needs a charcuterie board. Luckily, we have a traditional one and a completely plant-based one on HEAL.
This is the stuffing recipe my family makes, and also the one we used to make for our annual Friendsgiving. If you have someone attending your dinner that is vegan or vegetarian, you can substitute the sausage for a plant-based sausage like Beyond Meat.
Another take on a traditional dish that is creamy but completely free of dairy. You can also make this with regular potatoes instead, if you don’t want to stray too far from the original.
I love the fall because it’s the time of warming, comforting soups and drinks. This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is really easy and a great addition to the colder months in general.
Roasted vegetables is a really easy way to round out a meal. I actually make a big pan sheet of roast vegetables every week during meal prep, but this one has more fall/Thanksgiving flavours.
Bacon makes everything taste delicious, am I right? Leeks are in season right now, and you might still have some tomatoes growing in your garden depending where you are. To make this vegan just sub the bacon for sundried tomatoes or use tempeh bacon if you're familiar with it This is a great side dish for your Thanksgiving menu.
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without pumpkin pie! I recently revamped my previous raw vegan pumpkin pie recipe and it really is the perfect way to cap off a delicious holiday dinner. Pair it with some dairy-free ice cream and your Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Menu is complete!