Whole Food & Special Diet-Friendly Thanksgiving Round Up

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Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

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.

Healthy Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles – New Grain-Free Option! – me

Looking for Healthy Cookie Recipes or Allergy Free Cookies? These Pumpkin Snickerdoodles are Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free and Sugar-free. My boys LOVE them. In fact, whenever I talk about making cookies they ask for these! If you love snickerdoodles, you'll love these.

Moroccan Carrots – me

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

Moroccan Carrot Recipe

Paleo Pumpkin Pie – Bakerita

Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Spice – me

(my DIY must have for all your pumpkin recipes)

Want to whip up a pumpkin treat, but don't have any "pumpkin pie spice" on hand? Here's how to make your own DIY pumpkin pie spice blend frugally – without any fillers – while still getting the same great taste!

Gluten-Free Walnut and Kale Quinoa Stuffing – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

Gluten-Free Walnut and Kale Quinoa Stuffing

Soft Pumpkin Cookies – me

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 :-)!)

Looking for a Healthy Gluten Free Treat? These Soft Pumpkin Cookies are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Sugar Free - They remind us of Enjoy Life Cookies, but without all the sugar and very little sweetener at that! Great not just for fall, but all year round.

Easy Roast Turkey with Herb Butter – The Tomato Tart

Easy Roast Turkey with Herb Butter

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon – The Nourishing Gourmet

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

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

No-Cook Pumpkin Chia Pudding – me

Here’s a pumpkin pudding you can feel very good about serving to your family for breakfast, dessert, or really any meal. It's loaded with nutrients like vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, and more! It's also low carb, paleo, vegan, grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

4-Ingredient Low-Carb, Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce – Wholesome Yum

4-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Mashed Cauliflower – Detoxinista

Mashed Cauliflower

Easy Pumpkin Custard – me

Love Pumpkin Everything? This Easy Pumpkin Custard is Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan, and AIP Friendly. Loaded with great nutrition, it's the perfect Pumpkin Pie flavor for all kinds of special diets. I have to make multiple batches because my kids devour this in no time! (well, I help a little :).)

Brown Butter and Caramelized Onion Mashed Cauliflower – Running to the Kitchen

Brown Butter and Caramelized Onion Mashed Cauliflower

Healthy Vegan Green Bean Casserole – Food Faith Fitness

Healthy Vegan Green Bean Casserole

How to Make Whipped Coconut Cream – Tasty Yummies

How to Make Whipped Coconut Cream

Autoimmune Protocol Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend – me

Just because you're strict AIP doesn't mean you can't enjoy pumpkin pie spice flavored treats! This blend replicates the flavor you love with autoimmune protocol friendly spices.

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa, Cranberries, and KaleWell Plated

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa Cranberries and Kale

Cranberry Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing – The Healthy Apple

Cranberry Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing

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. 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.


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

  3. 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! 🙂

  4. The mashed “potatoes” has me super intrigued 🙂

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

  6. 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

  7. 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!


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

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  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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