The holiday season dishes up mouthwatering treats such as pecan pie, eggnog, sugar and gingerbread cookies, and stuffing. However, some of these classic dishes can be hard to navigate for those who have food allergies and dietary restrictions. What better time than during the holidays to create new, lasting traditions around the table? With some tweaking, you can take your regular holiday menu and transform it into something that everyone at your table can enjoy without the fear of having a medical disaster!
Here is a comprehensive guide on allergy-friendly spreads to make cooking for the holidays a little easier for you.
Taylor, founder of Food, Faith, Fitness, is an ACE certified personal trainer, Precision Nutrition certified nutrition coach. She has a delicious recipe for gluten free stuffing that will make you reminiscent of the times your grandma made stuffing. The best part about her recipe is that you can use any brand of gluten free white sandwich bread.
If you are looking for a more modern twist on stuffing, try the Bon Appétit wild rice, fruit, and pecan stuffing. The wild rice pairs well with the dried fruits and nuts and doesn’t contain any bread so you can save more room for pie.
Do you love brussels sprouts but not sure how to prepare them? Alyssa over at Everyday Maven has a wonderful recipe for shredded brussels sprouts with crispy shallots. The recipe calls for minimal ingredients, it’s vegetarian, and suitable for anyone who has food allergies or dietary restrictions.
Olivia with Primavera Kitchen has a simple and quick, but delicious recipe for crispy roasted string beans. Follow Olivia’s instructions and tips carefully to avoid soggy green beans.
If you are looking for dairy-free mashed potatoes, then look no further. Brooklyn Farm Girl uses a combination of olive oil and chicken broth to make her creamy garlic dairy free mashed potatoes. No one will know that they’re eating dairy free mashed potatoes this holiday season thanks to this recipe.
If you are looking for a completely new dish to try out, try this recipe for roasted pumpkin with maple syrup and apples. Taylor from Food, Faith, and Fitness uses maple syrup to enhance the flavor of pumpkin and apple. The dish also uses ginger, cinnamon, sage, and fresh orange juice. Nothing screams Thanksgiving more than this dish.
No matter what meat you are serving this holiday season – whether it’s poultry, ham, lamb, fish, pork, or tofu – make sure the meat is free of any marinade. Store bought meats often come already marinated or pre-sauced, which could contain allergens. Instead, make your own marinade or sauce at home. You will also need to check the meat to make sure there are no additives, as these can cause issues for people with dietary restrictions.
Pumpkin pie is a staple dessert for everyone’s Thanksgiving dinner. The best part about this traditional dessert is you won’t have to tweak it much. Try Betty Crocker’s pumpkin pie recipe, which features a gluten free crust option. Or, take a more bold approach, and make Sweet and Savory Meals’ pumpkin pie crème brûlée. The dish isn’t dairy free, but is a great option for your guests who may be gluten free.
If you don’t have time to make a bunch of different desserts, a fruit tray is a great option for all of your guests. You can even provide a festive, homemade fruit dip like Kraft’s cranberry dip. It’s a simple recipe that will add more color to your tray, and enhance the fruit.