3 Tips for Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Planning
November 15, 2016
Maybe you’ve been planning your food allergy-friendly Thanksgiving menu for weeks. Maybe you’ve just realized that a friend or family member will need some gluten or nut-free options.
Whether you’re an allergy-free meal prep pro or you’re giving it a go for the first time this holiday, we hope that these ideas will be helpful to you!
1: Don’t be afraid to make your own sauces.
You’d be surprised by how easy allergy-free gravy is! While traditional gravy recipes call for regular flour, dairy, and soy (all of which are common allergy triggers), this recipe simply uses wheat-free flour and fewer ingredients to achieve the same, delicious Thanksgiving flavor!
You can also upgrade from the traditional cranberry sauce log with this 5-minute homemade version, made up of only fresh, naturally sweetened ingredients.
2: Dips are easy!
Appetizers are key for any Thanksgiving host – it’s a whole DAY of eating! Veggie dips are easy to make and satisfy both food allergy diets and non-allergy diets. Even if it’s a soy and dairy allergy you’re cooking for, you can usually replace the base ingredients of many dips with dairy-free yogurts like this one.
3: Traditional stuffing is boring anyway.
Seriously! As delicious as it is even with wheat-free flour, you can step your stuffing up a notch and impress ALL your Thanksgiving guests with this Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa stuffing. It’s free of gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, soy, corn, and is vegan. Nope, not kidding.
It was found in this article, which has an awesome collection of other allergy-friendly Thanksgiving dish alternatives that look too good to be true.
Enjoy an Allergy-Free Thanksgiving!
For many of your tried and true recipes, you can make a few simple changes to accommodate any food allergies. But we recommend taking the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and create a more colorful, culinary experience for all of your guests this year!
It’s most important, for Thanksgiving and every day, that you’re aware of the ways you may be spreading allergens from one dish to another while you cook. Check out our guide to avoiding cross-contamination in your own kitchen.
And, just in case an accident does happen, you want to be sure to have an anaphylaxis emergency action plan ready – so that any reaction will be cared for in the most efficient way possible.