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Thanksgiving Menu

With a variety of classic recipes, this Thanksgiving menu has something to please everyone at your table.

My sister called the other night to ask me about this year’s Thanksgiving menu. She reminded me that she makes several of my gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes each year. Like me, she has celiac disease and sticks to a 100% gluten-free diet. Did you know that my mother also has celiac disease? So does my son.

Hmmm, how does a post about my Thanksgiving menu turn into my family’s health history? Well, when you and your loved ones have celiac disease food is not just sustenance, it is something that can also unfortunately make you very sick. So we are extremely¬† careful about what we eat, and very thankful for healthy, whole foods that are gluten-free.

That’s what you’ll find on my Thanksgiving menu below. Loads of vegetables in side dishes featuring everything from cauliflower to kale to squash; a fun turkey dish for the main course, as well as deviled eggs for your appetizer so that you get a good hit of protein; and desserts from pumpkin pie to chocolate pecan pie that are lightly sweetened and won’t leave your head spinning from a sugar rush.

This type of fare is great for those on gluten-free, grain-free diets and fantastic for regular folks as well. It’s just tasty real food –something for which I’m incredibly thankful.

I am focused on the thanks in Thanksgiving and I hope you will find much culinary joy in the recipes above that I have assembled for your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an honor to be able to create recipes that help bring the joy of food to you, an honor for which I am very thankful.

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posted on November 20, 2013

  1. Justine

    My 2 year old son and I recently have gone gluten, egg, dairy and grain free for health/medical reasons. I just wanted to say Thank you from every cell in my body. Your website, recipes and stories have been a life saver for me and my family. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

  2. Shari @ Simply Shari's Gluten Free @ simplysharis.com

    Elena, this menu is simply divine, and those biscuits look incredible! Thanks so very much!

  3. Bailee

    Elana,

    Thank you so much for the ideas! I was wondering what salad I was going to bring to Thanksgiving dinner that my son could eat. Looks like I have a lot to choose from. Thanks again!

  4. Michele

    I have consulted many of your recipes, especially around holidays! Looking forward to some biscuits and pumpkin pie this year.

    Not really sure where to ask this question, other than a site like this where some appear knowledgeable. The specialists and doctors I have seen have said there are no definitive tests for celiac disease so the best we can do is determine if we are sensitive to gluten through elimination diets etc. The DNA tests I had done revealed a good likelihood I could have it, but apparently those and antibody tests are not conclusive. Is this wrong? I am wondering what tests others have taken to receive a diagnosis of celiac disease. I told my family about a possible genetic predisposition and they either don’t care, or believe I am somewhat hypochondriac.

  5. Susan J

    And many thanks to you and the time you spend creating, perfecting and sharing your recipes! I went gluten free about 4 years ago, and your first cookbook was the very first GF version I bought. It got me through the despair that I think many of us face when making major changes to our diet – you know, looking in the fridge those first few months and thinking just what CAN I eat?!? Your cookbooks and blog continue to be a great resource for my menu planning, even today. Thank you!

  6. Emily

    Love Elana’s recipes, site and stories! Here’s a tip on the biscuits for those that really like shortcuts. I don’t have a lot of room in my kitchen sometimes (table used for desk, etc. :-) and found that I can skip the parchment paper/cutting out steps with the biscuits. I do use the paper for the pan though. When I have the dough ready, I make drop biscuits and just round the edges with a knife or spoon. I then sprinkle with a little almond flour and pat down a bit. I make 8 perfect biscuits that way. Thanks, Elana and Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I love all these recipes! I won’t be able to try them for this year’s Thanksgiving, but I am planning on a roast turkey for Christmas this year.

    It’s my goal to make real cranberry sauce/relish this year. No more of that canned stuff.

    Your recipe looks so easy and I like how you’ve included cherries into the relish.

    Thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving!

  8. I just found your blog and I love all the recipes! I love that you use only the best quality ingredients. After having been diagnosed with gluten intolerance myself, I started reading all about whats actually in the food we eat. It’s been a blessing in the sense that it’s been a huge eye opener. I also have a blog where I share my daily discoveries and tips on how to go through this life with out gluten. We like to make things fun too! Check it out, glutenfreeanonymous.com

  9. Lisa

    I made the pumpkin, chocolate pecan pie and gravy (with a little tweaking of poultry seasoning and chardonnay)for Thanksgiving dinner last night. All of the recipes turned out fantastic and even the non allergic folks enjoyed eating them. The Thanksgiving menu planner was just what I needed to tackle what I consider one of the hardest, most unsatisfying days of the year to cook and eat. What a treat to feel like I can enjoy a real Thanksgiving dinner with family and friends that is delicious and satisfying without feeling guilty or sick afterwards. I am so thankful I found your website through a good friend who whipped me up a batch of your Paleo bread while a guest at their house. I have been a huge fan of your site ever since and will sing you praises to anyone who will listen. Thank you for sharing your incredible talents, a huge gift for all of us who struggle with food issues. Thank you, Elana!

  10. Autumne

    Elana,
    The recipe for this pumpkin pie and the pie crust are DIVINE! I have been on the Paleo diet for five weeks and haven’t had many sweets and this was a real treat for me. Thank you so much for all of your recipes and knowledge on this blog. Almond flour has become my best friend with the holidays here. I really love key lime pie…any ideas on a paleo version of this? I think it would be great for birthdays coming up.

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