As a gluten-free Thanksgiving host, you have a dilemma. Do you mess with the classics and make gluten-free versions of all your family and friends’ favorite dishes? Or do you stick with the tried and true and miss out on the fun yourself?
Thankfully, with this roundup you can start a new food tradition: gluten-free recipes that actually taste good. How could they not? Here are some great ingredients that are all gluten-free: butter, potatoes, turkey, cranberries, sugar, bacon, squash… Need we go on? There’s no reason gluten has to take a seat at your Thanksgiving dinner table.
Many gluten-free restaurants have mastered the art of wheat-free cuisine. While it sounds difficult, it’s actually not that hard to omit gluten from your meal. Many people have to eat this way year-round due to gluten intolerance. Others simply go gluten-free due to the passing fad, eventually deciding to add gluten back into their diets.
Whatever your reason is for going gluten-free — we don’t judge — you can feast on everything you’re craving and more with this roundup of Thanksgiving sides you won’t believe are gluten-free.
This recipe is a fabulous way to add some delicious fall produce to the table. Alongside your gravy and mashed potatoes, this lighter, refreshing option will be a star.
How to make white potatoes better: Douse in olive oil, add onions, and infuse with garlic. No gluten required.
Photo courtesy of Oh She Glows.
This salad is as beautiful as it is nutritious. Serving this simple recipe will light up your table with greens, grains, and hearty squash. Lemon tahini dressing elevates the flavor profile of this colorful dish.
You’re not missing out on any of the creaminess or the flavor of a green bean casserole by getting rid of the breadcrumbs. This version is the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy, topped with savory crisped onions.
Yes, this bread is gluten-free. And who doesn’t love some savory bread and olive oil before a big meal? The loaf works wonderfully with sweet spreads or savory sides.
While everyone else was stuffing themselves with bread, you’ve felt left out on previous Thanksgivings. But this time around, you get to gorge on savory, nourishing stuffing alongside the rest of them. Simply using quinoa instead of bread makes this recipe gluten-free, and the fall flavors baked inside are just as delicious.
You know what we’re thankful for this holiday? Bacon. And that it’s 100 percent gluten-free. Who said gluten-free food isn’t delicious? Maple-roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon are a classic. Finish roasting the Brussels on broil in your oven for two minutes before removing to get that perfect crisp.
Living Sweet Moments
This soup mixes sage and curry for a warming, fall-inspired blend that belongs on your Thanksgiving table.
If you’re looking for a flavorful, nutritious alternative to traditional turkey, this is your dish. Cooking squash in a slow cooker creates a rich, luscious texture and lets the spices marinate wonderfully.
La Force Stevens
This recipe stays gluten-free by using one of the best carbs in the history of time: sweet potatoes. Check the label on your marshmallows to make sure — even though they’re not vegan, they should be gluten-free. Then, dig into the sweetest, starchiest, most drool-worthy side to ever escape being considered dessert.
Move over, Sweden. These stuffing meatballs beat Ikea’s any day. The best way to Americanize meatballs is to make them out of Thanksgiving food. Pair these with some cranberry sauce and gravy for dipping and you’re in meaty, savory heaven.
Chocolate Covered Katie
Gluten-free crust?! Shut your pie hole. But seriously, it exists. Just whip up one of these and fill it with whatever fruit your heart desires.
Courtesy of Bridgette Clare and Vega
Pumpkin pie is way too #basic. Switch things up this year by making sweet potato pie, complete with a gluten-free crust and a creamy, sweet filling. Top with whipped topping for an even more heavenly experience all-around.
Of course, baking them into a pie isn’t the only way to satisfy with sweet potatoes. Once you’ve got your fix of Thanksgiving feasts, try out one of these sweet potato recipes for your next home-cooked dinner.