Do you need some gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes? Or perhaps a dairy-free ice cream? Whether you are on a restricted diet yourself or you find yourself preparing food for guests with dietary restrictions, here are a few ideas I think you’ll find helpful.
We have much for which to be thankful! While practicing an attitude of gratitude everyday is important for our personal wellbeing, Canadians officially celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the second Monday of October.
How We Celebrate
My husband and I like to gather together with family for a Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes we’re in the States and our American-resident kids serve a traditional Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. They enjoy celebrating two Thanksgivings – one in October and the other November.
When we’re home in Canada, we get together with siblings on either my side of the family or my husband’s. Canadian Thanksgiving is a great time to pull on a jacket or sweater and take a nice walk among the coloured leaves as they drift to the ground. Ideally, the sky is sunny and the air is clear and crisp – the kind of day when you find a nice sunny spot that’s sheltered from the wind to stand or sit in and catch up with family over coffee or hot cider.
In the kitchen, people are busy cooking up a big turkey, debating whether turnips should be served or not and how the gravy should be thickened. Then, there’s the issue of cranberries! Some people prefer canned, jellied cranberries while others like canned, whole ones. And there are those that forget about them altogether. Personally, I prefer cranberries made from scratch. I have usually just followed the directions on the package using raw sugar rather than white. Recently though, I’m inclined to experiment with other recipes. Adding orange to cranberries appeals to me. Maybe I’ll work on that for Christmas.
My Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
This post contains links to some tried and tested recipes from my very early days of blogging. I must say that I cringe with embarrassment when I look back at these posts and pictures. I really must update them! However, I decided to go ahead and share them with you as they are for now, because the recipes are good. They are the favourites I make over and over again, and they really work!
When I’m making the turkey, I dry brine it for great flavour and roast it as explained in this post, Crispy Roast Chicken or Turkey.
Gravy is foolproof if you follow the instructions in Gluten-Free Gravy from Scratch with No Lumps!
Brussels Sprouts make a great side dish for an autumn meal. If you don’t think you like them, get some nice fresh tender ones and try Braised and Glazed Brussels Sprouts: Vegan Style.
Maple Glazed Carrots with Pecans is always a hit!
Of course, everyone loves pie. I usually make this Gluten-Free Traditional Apple Pie Recipe.
In my mind, it’s not Thanksgiving without a Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie from Scratch!. I serve the gluten-free pies to everybody. They don’t notice the difference!
A special treat to top it all off is Dairy-Free Pumpkin Ice Cream! Of course, it’s gluten-free as well as being something that the dairy-intolerant can enjoy.
I promised you seven recipes, but hey, it’s a special holiday! Let’s have butter tarts, too! Gluten-Free Maple Syrup Butter Tarts are always a hit!
I hope you enjoy these recipes, and I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy gluten-free Thanksgiving!