Last Thanksgiving, I made a gluten, soy, and dairy-free meal to accommodate my husbandâ€™s celiac disease and my younger daughterâ€™s milk and soy intolerances. We still had the traditional dinner–I just made minor adjustments to each dish to meet our dietary requirements. The following are the alterations I made to accommodate my familyâ€™s food allergies.
Surprisingly, the turkey is where I found hidden dairy in the ingredients! I looked at four different brands of turkeys before finding one that did not contain any dairy. I then brined and prepared my turkey as I normally would, except I used olive oil instead of butter.
To make the stuffing allergen friendly, I used Udiâ€™s white breadÂ Â for the bread and used homemade chicken stock in my recipe. Â All the brands of chicken stock or broth my grocery store carries contained soy, so I subbed in my homemade broth.
Sweet Potato Casserole
I found a paleo version of sweet potato casseroleÂ that uses canned coconut milk and coconut oil to make this dish allergen friendly.
This dish is naturally allergen friendly, so I did not have to make any modifications to my recipe.
Green beans with Cranberries and Almonds
With a 3 month old and a 2 year old, there was no way I was going to make a green bean casserole from scratch (including frying gluten-free onions and making a dairy-free cream of mushroom base) so I simply roasted green beans with olive oil, salt, and pepper. When the beans looked like they were getting close to being done, I tossed in some dried cranberries and sliced almonds.
My mother-in-law has perfected making gluten-free pie crusts. Me, not so much, so I made the filling for the pie and baked it in ramekins instead. I subbed in full-fat canned coconut milk for the milk in my pie filling recipe. I used SoDeliciousâ€™s Cocowhip as a topping.
Unfortunately, I am a mashed potato purest and have not found a dairy-free recipe for mashed potatoes that meets my standards, so we went without. Â With a few minor modifications I was able to make a Thanksgiving dinner that included almost all our favorite dishes and met all our dietary restrictions.
Becky Nagel is a stay-at-home mom to two girls, a three year old and a one year old, in Denver, CO who enjoys cooking for her family, running, and hiking.