Thanksgiving for Everyone

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Thanksgiving is all about the classics: the candied yams, the turkey… mom’s stuffing that we wait 364 days each year to get our hands on. No doubt, Thanksgiving is not just about family and football, but also about the memory-laden dishes we’ve eaten since childhood. But for some, food intolerances and allergies will make this year’s table full of classic dishes more minefield than holiday bonanza. If you’re hosting a large group this year, why not pleasantly surprise with a few twists on the classics? No need to make a separate meal for those who cannot do gluten or dairy – these recipes won’t leave any of your guests feeling “without”!

Quinoa Salad with Almonds & Herbs photo credit: Jen Dubin

Quinoa is a great alternative to stuffing or dairy-laden mashed potatoes. The nutty flavor of this grain (which is technically a seed) goes well with salty bacon. You can serve it with goat cheese on the side, for those who need a bit more richness. Bacon Quinoa Salad with Almonds and Herbs

Spicy Cornbread Stuffing photo credit: Bionic

For some, it just isn’t Thanksgiving without the stuffing! This recipe is an easy crowd-pleaser, whether you are vegetarian or are gluten-free. Who doesn’t love hearty cornbread with lots of herbs? Spicy Cornbread Stuffing

You’re going to convert more than a few classic pie-lovers when you pull out your coup d’etat Chocolate Sweet Potato Torte. Who needs dairy or gluten? I can assure you that after trying this, absolutely no one.

One of our favorite bloggers, The Gluten-Free Girl, just posted a recipe to one of my favorite recipe sites Food52, so I knew this one would be a keeper. Just look at how light and fluffy those look! I can’t imagine you’d miss a thing with these Gluten-free Dinner Rolls.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts photo credit: Mackenzie Kosut

Don’t forget the veggies. Why don’t you make a variety of veggie dishes that everyone can enjoy? These are easy to prepare without common allergens such as dairy, gluten or nuts. Serve the chestnuts on the side and use a good-quality olive oil instead of the butter. Easy and satisfying. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts

Oh yes, one more for all you potato-lovers out there: these Roasted Smashed Potatoes are easy and dairy-free!

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving crowd-pleasers?

Christine Weiss MS, RD, CDE is a dietitian and Bastyr University graduate who counsels people dealing with food allergies, diabetes and digestive issues. She enjoys working with Zing Bars to raise awareness about healthy living through online media.