The phone rings at Grandma's.
“Hello?” she answers.
“Hey, Grandma! Count our family in for Thanksgiving at your house this year! And oh, by the way, Junior tested positive for Celiac disease and I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, so we've made a few, uh, dietary modifications. We don't do dairy, grains, gluten, nightshades, or nuts. Let us know if we can bring anything, okay? See you next week!”
Can you even imagine? Or maybe you can…
Raise your hand if you love to meal plan! (Haha, oh the sarcasm.) If the number of meal-planning services and websites is any indicator of how much we adore meal planning… well… I won't finish that sentence. 😉
Maybe this is your first Thanksgiving to follow a special, healing diet, and you're at a loss over how to enjoy your traditional Thanksgiving favorites without cheating. Maybe you're the cook this year, and you've got people coming who must follow a particular eating style for health reasons and you just don't know where to begin.
You're in luck. I've done all the work for you. Whether you're gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo, GAPS, or all of the above, I've gotcha covered.
Today, I'm sharing complete menu plans, from appetizers and stuffing to lots of side dish options and desserts. These will take the guesswork out of figuring out what you or your loved ones can eat on these five special diets: Traditional/WAPF-Style, Gluten-Free, GAPS Diet, Paleo, and Autoimmune Protocol.
These recipes aren't the school cafeteria's turkey, gravy, and nasty green beans. I've found your favorite, classic Thanksgiving dishes (and a few unique not-so-classics) that are not only nourishing to your body, but gourmet delights. I mean, the photography on these is enough to make me start drooling.
Creamy Smashed Rutabaga
Easy Artisan Bread with Sprouted Grains
Soaked Crescent Dinner Rolls
Bone Marrow Butter
Savory Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Swiss
Fermented Cranberry-Orange-Apple Relish
The Main Event:
Pot Roast with Apples, Sweet Potatoes, and Prunes
Southern Cornbread Stuffing
Holiday Turkey Gravy
(Any of the turkey, lamb, or chicken recipes suggested on other menus can be used as they are all gluten-free!)
GAPS Diet (Suitable for Gluten-Free/Casein-Free too!)
French Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots
Best Sweet Potato Casserole (with WAPF and GAPS modifications)
Roasted Broccoli with Crispy Prosciutto
SCD/Paleo Cranberry Sauce
Radicchio with Fennel and Apple Salad
Grain-free “White” Dinner Rolls
Roasted Butternut Squash with Maple-Sage Brown Butter (omit black pepper)
Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts
Raw Cranberry Sauce
Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Cream
Colorful Kale Salad
Follow these menus exactly, or feel free to pick and choose from the lists to create your own! Many of these recipes can work or be modified to fit any special diet. I hope this helps you get a stress-free holiday meal on your table!
Are you following a special diet during the holidays? Share your experiences with us, or share your own diet-friendly Thanksgiving recipes!
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