The Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Sauces, Soup, and Salad Recipe collection has 100 recipes that are all free from the top 9 allergens.
What would Thanksgiving be without all the trimmings?
When you have food allergies, like we do, holiday meals and gatherings can be really tough. We know from our experience with allergies that the festivities can be really tough when there isn't allergy friendly food served. We have made this side dish, sauces, and salads recipe collection to help other with allergies find suitable Thanksgiving foods that are allergen friendly and reminders of the traditional dishes we love.
Other Thanksgiving Recipe Collections To Check Out
Our First Thanksgiving Recipe Collection from The Allergen Free Kitchen has recipes for a full menu from mains to desserts. Check it out here:
Our second Thanksgiving article has all our best tips and tricks to try and make your holiday gathering an allergy friendly one and successful. Just advice in this post.
The Thanksgiving Collection from Strength and Sunshine is another top 9 allergy feidnly Thanksgiving guide that is also gluten free and Vegan.
For cookies don't forget to check out our Allergy Friendly Christmas Cookie Recipe Collection. It is a compendium of our favourite seasonal cookie recipes from many different blogs. All the recipes are top 8 or top 9 free, gluten and dairy free, as well as vegan and nut free.
- Other Thanksgiving Recipe Collections To Check Out
- Celebrating Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
- Easy Substitution Tips
- Substitution Products That May Be Allergen Friendly
- The Recipe Collection
- Thanksgiving Salads
- Allergy Friendly Soups
- Assorted Vegetable Sides
- Brussels Sprouts Side Dishes
- Squash Side Dishes
- Carrots Side Dishes
- Stuffing Side Dishes
- Potato Side Dishes
- Sweet Potatoes Side Dishes
- Cranberry Sauces
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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Food Allergies
We understand what it is like to have to navigate gatherings, parties, and celebrations when you have multiple food allergies. We are a family of two adults and four kids and we have many food allergies we have to manage daily. celebrations and gatherings can be tough, especially when there are allergens present. To help out we have put together this collection of some of our favourite allergy friendly Thanksgiving side dish recipes.
This means your holiday gathering can have almost all the favourite dishes without the worry. Our family understands all too well the hassles of keeping the allergen friendly dishes free from the gluten based gravy spoon. By creating this recipe roundup we hope you can have an easy holiday season with less stress from food allergies.
Easy Substitution Tips
If you have a family favourite Thanksgiving recipe that you want to still make but adapt it to a top 9 allergen friendly dish here are a few of our favourite substitutions.
Soy Sauce use Coconut Aminos in a 1:1 ratio or the same amount as the recipe. Taste the recipe as it may need salt added to bring out the same umami flavour.
Dairy Butter use a Dairy-free Spread or Buttery Plant Based Block. These can usually contain a bit more water so for baked goods it may require more alterations to get the liquid to dry balance perfect. For cooking it is a 1:1 ratio.
Do not use margerine as many brands contain dairy or milk ingredients.
Tree Nuts can often be replaced with Toasted Seeds that have been packaged in peanut and nut free facilities, as well as free from the other top allergens. Many seeds are processed in the same facilities so be sure to check with the manufacturer.
Heavy Cream can be replaced in most cooking recipes with a Plant Based Cream that is dairy and milk free alternative cream-like product. For baking it can take more work to adapt the recipe.
Dairy Milk can most often be replaced with Plant Based Milk that is dairy, milk, and soy free. Check that the plant based milk does not contain casein or whey (including the newer lab or plant based varieties).
A few exceptions where Plant Based Milks are not a one to one replacement is in instant puddings - only use ⅔ - ¾ the amount of milk the recipe calls for. plant based milks tend to be a bit thinner so sauces may need a sprinkle of cornstarch or extra time to fully reduce.
Make sure to use unsweetened and unflavoured plant based milk!
All Purpose Flour when used in cooking to coat fried foods or to thicken sauces can in most cases be swapped out for a 1 to 1 or cup for cup Gluten Free Flour.
Our rule of thumb when cooking is if the recipe calls for ½ a cup of flour it can usually be switched to a 1 to 1 gluten free flour without any issues. More than that and the recipe may not yield the desired results.
Baking is an entirely different story and requires a specialised recipe for gluten free flours.
Substitution Products That May Be Allergen Friendly
Dairy Free Spread
Soy Free-- Earth Balance Spread (Red/Pink Container)
Earth Balance Spread - Olive Oil (Coconut Free)
Earth Balance Spread - Coconut Oil (Pea Protein Free)
Original Buttery Spread (Contains soy)
Country Crock Plant Butter (may contain soy)
Plant Based Buttery Blocks
Country Crock (Some Contain Soy and the rest may contain soy)
President’s Choice (PC Brand) (contains Vegetable oil and vegetable oil can contain soy in some cases)
Gluten Free Flour
Bob’s Redmill 1 to 1 GF (some have a may contain warning and many are proceesed in the same facitlites as soy, nuts, and other priority allergens)
Plant Based Creams
Always check ingredient lists and verify the cross contact risks by contacting the manufacturers to determine if these products are right for you and your allergies.
The Recipe Collection
We put together the Easy Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Recipe Collection Last year with loads of recipes from fellow food sites that fit the top 9 allergy restrictions.
This year we put another call out to add more recipes and ended up with an overwhelming response and so many recipes, we absolutely had to create a second guide for an Allergy Friendly Thanksgiving Side Dish Collection.
These are easy allergy and gluten free recipes that are all top 9 allergens free created by some of the best food bloggers worldwide.
We hope you enjoy these side dished, soups, sauces, and salads as much as we do.
Allergy Friendly Soups
Assorted Vegetable Sides
Brussels Sprouts Side Dishes
Squash Side Dishes
Carrots Side Dishes
Stuffing Side Dishes
For the recipe above a certified gluten free plue other allergens friendly cornbread box mix option is the Micah's Corn Bread Mix. Note: a single boxes is 12.5 oz and 20 oz is needed for this recipe so two boxes weighed to the correct amount will be needed.
Leave out the optional pecans to keep the above recipe a top 9 free stuffing recipe.
1- Buckwheat is not a gluten or wheat product. It is not a grain but a flowering plant. For more information on buckwheat being gluten free check out Beyond Celiac's website.
2- According the FAQ section of the Bell's Seasoning website the Bell's Pourty seasoning is gluten free, however they do have peanuts and tree nuts in the manufacturing facility. For a homemade option check out the Food.com recipe to make your own mix.
Potato Side Dishes
Be sure to check the frozen potato ingredients and facility for allergens.
Sweet Potatoes Side Dishes
Be sure to use top 9 free instand potatoes. Edwards and Sons has an Organic Instant Mashed Potato Product that is gluten free and a handful of ingredients. Contact the manufacturer to find out about cross contact in their production facilities.
There are so many people nowadays who will gladly attend a Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy the company of their friends, family, and loved ones but who bring their own food. It may even happen to you if you are not gluten free and your uncle has coeliac’s disease and needs to be extremely careful.
Have fun, enjoy the holidays, and stay safe.
We have to mention that none of this information is medical advice. It is purely one food parent’s opinion and point of view on Thanksgiving. Always talk to your medical team before trying any new foods, or concerns regarding allergens, allergy plans, medications, or treatments. This is not meant to replace medical advice and is purely in good faith and for general information. We are not responsible for any offence to relatives, friends, hosts or other attendees.
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