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Crafting a Thanksgiving Feast for Everyone: Gluten Free, Vegan, and More

Updated: Feb 10

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Thanksgiving is a time when people come together to express gratitude and enjoy a feast of delicious dishes. However, catering to guests with diverse dietary needs can be challenging. But, don't worry! We have created the ultimate guide to help you create your favorite Thanksgiving foods to accommodate everyone, from vegan and gluten-free guests to those with other dietary restrictions. With a few ingredient swaps, you can ensure that every guest at your table can indulge in a delicious and inclusive Thanksgiving meal.

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Tips:

Traditional Stuffing to Gluten-Free Bread Swap traditional bread cubes for gluten-free options, such as gluten-free bread or cornbread, in your stuffing.

Gravy Without Gluten

Thicken your gravy with gluten-free flour or cornstarch instead of wheat flour, ensuring it's safe for all.

Sweet Potato Casserole

For a gluten-free version of this sweet treat, skip the wheat-based toppings and use gluten-free alternatives like oats or a nut-based topping.

Vegan Thanksgiving Dishes:

Turkey Alternatives

Consider serving a plant-based turkey alternative like a stuffed acorn squash, a nut roast, or a lentil loaf to satisfy your vegan guests.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Prepare your mashed potatoes with plant-based milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk) and use vegan butter or olive oil.

Vegan Pumpkin Pie

Choose a plant-based pie crust and create a creamy filling using coconut milk, pumpkin puree, and egg substitutes like flaxseed or cornstarch.

Adapting to Other Dietary Needs:

Nut-Free Dishes

Opt for nut-free alternatives when making dishes like stuffing, pies, and desserts. You can replace nuts with seeds like sunflower, pumpkin, or chia seeds.

Soy-Free Recipes

Many vegan products contain soy, so choose soy-free alternatives when preparing vegan dishes. You can use almond or oat milk instead of soy milk and opt for tofu-free recipes.

Dairy-Free Ingredients

For lactose-intolerant guests, replace dairy milk, butter, and cream with almond, oat, or coconut milk and butter alternatives like ghee and olive oil.

With these simple ingredient swaps and tips, you can create a Thanksgiving feast that caters to everyone's dietary needs, ensuring that all your guests can indulge in the joy of the holiday. This year, make Thanksgiving a time to come together, share gratitude, and celebrate inclusivity. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Jessica Mantell M.S., C.N.S., L.D.N.

CEO & Founder of NextGeneration Nutrition

Jessica Mantell, CEO, M.S, LDN, Founder

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