Whole Food & Special Diet-Friendly Thanksgiving Round Up

Pumpkin Recipes Thanksgiving Food

Looking for some new whole food recipes to try this Thanksgiving?

I know I am. I truly had hoped to have a few more posted for all of you, but alas. Life gets in the way.  I’ll work on more for Christmas, hopefully!

However, I’ve been perusing the internet a bit and have bookmarked some recipes that I’m thinking about including in our Thanksgiving menu this year. We were graciously invited to a new friend’s home for the Thanksgiving meal.  Between our allergies and sensitivities and our hosts, I have my work cut out for me, but I have come to enjoy the challenge of making special diets work for a whole foods diet.

Anyway, take a look at some of these (some are mine and others soon will be :-)) whole food, special diet-friendly goodies and let me know what you think.

Moroccan Carrots (these are a family staple here.  Kid-friendly (well, everyone friendly, really)

Pumpkin Pie (gluten, dairy, and egg-free and yummy)

Wardeh of GNOWFGLINS says this is her favorite pumpkin pie ever.  I already had a good one, but who can pass up the temptation to try something new with that kind of recommendation?)  Substitute sweeteners for a sugar free option.  I’ll probably make an almond or coconut crust for fewer carbs.

Pumpkin Coconut Pie  (Pumpkin.  Coconut.  We.  Love.  Them.)

The brown color isn’t so appealing, but I am thinking I’ll have to try this anyway.)  Ditto on  the crust from the above recipe.

Pumpkin Pie Spice (my DIY must have for all your pumpkin recipes)

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

These were a huge hit in my home.  My kids say they taste like Enjoy Life cookies, but less sugar :-)!  No, they are not the typical pie recipe, but they’d be a great snacking option.  You could even make a cookie pie crust from them :-)!)

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – From Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet.

I have my own stand-by sprouts recipe, but we might just have to try this one soon!

Cranberry Sauce w/ Apples

(No photos here (sorry!) but this is the cranberry sauce I have made for years.  Whole berry.  Yum.  Substitute alternative sweeteners to suit your dietary needs.)

Mashed “Potatoes” (The topping from my Adzuki Bean Shepherd’s Pie)

Just multiply the “potato” topping several times over to make as much as you need.  It’s a great low carb, tasty alternative to mashed potatoes!

Corn Bread Stuffing -

This looks great.  And for those of you with pecan allergies, either try walnuts, almonds, or no nuts at all!  I will use my own corn bread recipe due to allergens in the recommended bagged mix.  I’ll be skipping the nutritional yeast and adding more salt.

Green Bean Casserole made healthy -

My childhood favorite made healthy and allergy free.  Can’t wait to make this.

Quinoa & Sweet Potato Stuffing -

A great alternative to standard stuffing.  Always looking for a new way to try quinoa.

And just in case you are looking for a totally non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, one year we had a family from India over.  We served My Most Requested Recipe Ever – Pakistani Beef Curry.  And they brought traditional Indian fare.  It was wonderful and a nice departure from the typical Thanksgiving meal.

I’d love to hear what you think about these new ideas.  And if you have any whole food favorites for Thanksgiving, please do share.  I am still putting together what I will be making!  Maybe your dish will make its way to our table!

Which one would you like to try?  Or do you need a family favorite healthified?

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  1. Oh, thank you so much for this list. I’m especially excite about the GF pumpkin pie. :)

  2. Thank you for this! This is our first Thanksgiving with dairy-free considerations. I really appreciate that I can find most traditional foods I was thinking we would have to skip on this list!

    • You’re welcome! I’m so looking forward to trying some of these myself! I am maybe making the pumpkin pie and the carrots and the stuffing (w/o the nutritional yeast) and my hostess is making the green beans, minus the mushrooms and w/ a different kind of nuts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Hey Adrienne-

    Saving this to my pinterest. Thanks for taking the time to compile all these ideas! This is our 2nd GF Thanksgiving, and I’m still planning the menu for the boys’ and me. The DH is eating the standard fare at his mom’s b/c he’s not GFCF by any means…I saw him eating Cheetos on the sofa tonight. Gah.

    Have a wonderful holiday!

    • Hi Nicolette!

      I hope you tell me if you tried any of them! We are probably making the stuffing w/ a few changes and maybe the pumpkin pie. Our hostess is making “safe” pie too, but one can never have too much! She is also making the green beans! So nice to go somewhere and eat with someone who “gets” it.

      Cheetos? :-). When hubby and I met, our addiction was Jelly Bellies. We thought they were healthy b/c they had no fat. That’s a Gah.

      Happy Thanksgiving! I was hoping to write a post about being thankful for autism tomorrow, but I’ll be busy. Maybe later.

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  5. oooohhhh….I love all of these great healthy options! Hope you have a WONDERFUL holiday:)

  6. Thanks for linking your great post to FAT TUESDAY. This was very interesting! Hope to see you next week!

    Be sure to visit RealFoodForager.com on Sunday for Sunday Snippets – your post from Fat Tuesday may be featured there!

    http://realfoodforager.com/2011/11/fat-tuesday-novermber-22-2011/

  7. Hi Adrienne,
    What a great roundup of goodies! I just love your photo of the corn it is beautiful Hope you are having a great holiday week end. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you will come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Some great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week.

  9. The mashed “potatoes” has me super intrigued :)

  10. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  11. What a great list of suggestions! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  12. Thank you for being a part of making last week’s “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17 so rich in creativity and inspiration! Today’s party is in full swing, so please feel welcome to drop by and share your talent.

    Yours,
    Jenn