Thanksgiving is all about friends, family, and FOOD! I love the friends and family part but when you add food to the equation, my palms get sweaty and my heart starts to palpitate. In order to have a 100% safe Thanksgiving, I would need to host and prepare all of the food for the feast. Now I often fancy myself Wonder Woman but let’s face it…I’m SO not! And although I love to cook and bake, preparing a Thanksgiving feast for my large extended family (on either side) frightens me a bit. More because although the Hubster and I are used to eating foods without dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten and sesame…the rest of the family isn’t. I know that many of our family members would happily (and have in the past) eat an entire meal that is allergy-free. However, I feel like it’s a bit too much to ask for Thanksgiving, at least for this year.
Our family gets to enjoy (or anxiously participate in) 2 Thanksgiving feasts. We have a Thanksgiving lunch with my mom and her side of the family and a Thanksgiving dinner with the Hubster’s family. I always talk to the hosts (my mom and mother-in-law) in advance to find out what they are serving and what others are bringing. Many times some of the sides can be 3/4 of the way made and then a serving or two placed into another dish for my little men before adding the butter, milk or “unsafe” items to the dish. My mom always does this with the sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes. Once the menu is decided, I work hard to bring a side dish or dessert that is allergy-friendly that all can enjoy along with other items to fill in the plates for my little men.
That said, this year I’m taking a dessert (apple pie & Grandma Lou’s Famous Sugar Cookies) and dinner rolls (recipe coming soon) to our Thanksgiving day feasts. What will you be making for your Thanksgiving Day feast? Are you making the entire meal? How do you keep your food allergic loved ones safe during Thanksgiving?
Still in search of a “safe” recipe?
Search no further…
Here is an Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Feast Roundup of recipes from some of my favorite food allergy bloggers and websites!
- Gluten-Free Glazed Roasted Turkey – Recipe & Photo by Living Without
- Gluten-Free Stuffing – Recipe & Photo by VegetarianMamma.com
- Tricia’s Allergy Friendly Sweet Potato Casserole – Recipe & Photo by FoodAllergiesOnABudget.com
- Herb Gravy – Recipe & Photo by ElanasPantry.com
- Allergy Free Cranberry Sauce – Recipe & Photo by AllergyFreeCookingBaby.com
- Gluten-Free Apple Pie – Recipe & Photo by ImACeliac.com
- Pumpkin Pie – Recipe & Photo by NotMissingAThing.Blogspot.com
- Crockpot Apple Pumpkin Butter – Recipe & Photo by KeeleyMcGuire.com
- Green Bean Casserole – Recipe & Photo by NaturalAndFree.Blogspot.com