Tips and Recipes for a Dairy-Free, Vegan, and/or Gluten-Free Thanksgiving


Cranberry Pineapple SauceThe time has come!  It is finally that time of year for joyous holiday celebrations … and stressful eating situations for anyone on a special diet.  But have no fear; I have scoured the internet for some of the best holiday tips, Thanksgiving recipes, and menu ideas that I could find.  From dairy-free to vegan to gluten-free to generally food allergy-friendly, you are bound to find something that sparks your appetite … Enjoy …

Karina (aka the Gluten-Free Goddess) over at Karina’s Kitchen shares her tips for a gluten-free / dairy-free Thanksgiving as well as several recipes to add a little flare to the ordinary Thanksgiving line-up … think Mexican Pumpkin Soup and Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas. 

With years of experience under her belt as the mom of a milk allergic daughter, Sarah over at No Whey Mama shares her Holiday Dinner Tips for those meals away from home.

Last year we put together our “Top Tips for a Dairy-Free Thanksgiving.”  Of course, tips are usually timeless, so you will likely find a helpful hint or two for this year.

What would Thanksgiving be without turkey tips?  Check this article at The Cook’s Kitchen for some quick turkey talk.

Vegan?  Head to this vegan selection of recipes at and find several ideas for dressing up that Tofurkey

If you are the creative type, and just need some good menu ideas, see this Vegan Thanksgiving menu from Elaine Vigneault.

The food allergy-friendly ladies over at Allergy Moms have put together their favorite Thanksgiving menu, complete with recommended products and recipe links.

Enjoy Life Foods is one of our favorite manufacturers.  Their products are vegan, gluten-free, and free from the top eight allergens.  Plus, every holiday they offer up fun recipes using one of their products.  For Thanksgiving, they have a Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie  and Crunchin’ Munchin’ Fruit Stuffing.

Need some vegan recipe ideas for this extra-meaty holiday?  Try this great vegab collection from Recipezaar.  Remember, vegan desserts, mashed potatoes, etc. are also dairy-free and egg-free!

Bryanna Clark Grogan is the queen of vegan-style gatherings.  Our list wouldn’t be complete without a link to her Vegan Holiday Dinner Recipe Page.  I think her gravy has won critical acclaim in the internet community.

…and… just in case you still can’t find those “traditional” holiday recipes, here are a few of our favorites:

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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