Do you need an Allergen-free Thanksgiving menu plan?

Grain and Gluten-Free Apple Pear Pie

Grain and Gluten-Free Apple Pear Pie

I am planning on doing a Thanksgiving menu planner for people on limited diets and who can’t eat a lot of the ordinary foods that are usually on a Thanksgiving menu.  I personally want to plan some dishes to make because otherwise, I won’t be eating much that day.  Unfortunately, this is the experience of so many people.  And when we arrive at our relatives’ or friends’ home for dinner, we usually have to pick and choose what we will have for dinner.

My current plan is to create a yummy and beautiful menu plan for Thanksgiving day that is free of the following food allergens:

no dairy -  (butter may be used in some recipes but there is always another option that is dairy-free)

no gluten – all grains and products containing gluten

limited grains – I may include a recipe for wild rice stuffing for people who can eat it, but I would also have a grain-free stuffing recipe as well.  All desserts will be grain-free.

no sugar - only natural sweeteners will be used on this menu plan for Thanksgiving, such as raw honey and maple syrup

no soy – no soybean oil, lecithin, and other soy products

limited starches - on top of a recipe for dairy-free Mashed Potatoes, there will be options for Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes” and Mashed Butternut Squash in place of regular potatoes and yams

no corn

no beans and legumes

egg-free options - I will have at least one egg-free dessert and most of the other dishes will be egg-free

parsnipcarrotsoupWhat kinds of foods will be used:

Meat, eggs, vegetables (non-starchy), nuts, seeds, fruit, honey, coconut, and other whole food ingredients.

Here are some ideas I already have but if you are looking for something specific, give me a shout!

  • Thanksgiving Turkey
  • Wild Rice Stuffing (egg-free)
  • Savory Bread Stuffing
  • Garlic Herb Mashed “Potatoes” and Gravy
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Savory Rolls/Bread
  • Sugar-free Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Butternut Squash with Apples and Cinnamon
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie (egg-free)

So let me me know if you have any favorites as I put this together.  Also, if there is another food allergen you can’t eat, then please let me know and I can work this into the menu planner.  If you have some ideas for the menu, please leave a comment or email me.

Get the Thanksgiving Menu Planner for FREE?
Again, I would love to hear suggestions or some favorite recipes people would like to have included in the menu planner.  So, if I use one of your recipes or suggestions in the Thanksgiving menu planner, you can get the menu planner for FREE!  Thanks so much.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Get the Thanksgiving Menu Planner for FREE? How?

1.  Think of a dish you’d like to include on the Thanksgiving menu planner.
2.  If you have a recipe or even just an idea for the planner, write to me by midnight (PST) of Monday, November 2nd.
3.  If I use your idea or recipe in the planner, you will get the planner for FREE!

How much is the menu planner?

I want to make the planner affordable for anyone who would like to use it to create an allergen-free Thanksgiving!

So, for only $4.95, you can buy the menu planner and create a beautiful dinner for your family.

You can pre-order the menu planner here!

If you pre-order, the menu planner will be emailed to you on or before November 12th, giving you plenty of time to look over the menu and the shopping list.

You can also purchase the menu planner starting on November 12th, and you will receive it immediately in your email.

Either way, I hope you have a beautiful and splendid Thanksgiving this year, no matter what you diet is!


18 Responses to Do you need an Allergen-free Thanksgiving menu plan?
  1. emily
    October 23, 2009 | 11:41 pm

    the menu sounds so amazing! i will definitly be into buying it. Im most curious on how to make a grainless pie crust. also stuffing seems like a hard one. Is wild rice really considered a grain? my understanding is that it is a seed. why is this not GAPS ok?

  2. Sarah
    October 24, 2009 | 1:43 pm

    Hi Emily,
    That’s great! I’ll be working on it next week so if you have any suggestions, please give me a shout!
    I just made a grain-less pie crust and it was very yummy so I can’t wait to share it with you!

    As for the wild rice, you may be right about that, I am not sure about wild rice being a grain or seed or if it is GAPS-friendly or not. However, the recipe I was going to use for grain-eaters uses a wild rice/brown rice blend. It is a recipe from my mom and has mushrooms and pecans in it. It is divine. I am going to try to make the grain-free stuffing similar to it. But if wild rice is really not a grain, then people could use 100% wild rice for the wild rice stuffing if they are grain-free. I’ll have to look into that one! I am new to GAPS and still learning a lot!

  3. Sarah
    October 24, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    Hi again,
    I should have checked before writing but Wikipedia says it’s a grain :(

  4. emily
    October 24, 2009 | 4:34 pm

    i’m not so sure- Minnesota grows a lot of , > wild rice which according to that source is actually an aquatic seed. but as far as GAPS legal or not,i dont know.

  5. emily
    October 24, 2009 | 4:38 pm

    oh, and > here is a link to a company that is local to me that sells wild rice flour!

  6. Sarah
    October 24, 2009 | 7:46 pm

    Wow, that’s cool. I’ll have to ask the GAPS folks about this. I love that there is also a flour for sale. thanks so much!
    Have your baked with it? Is it similar to quinoa or amaranth flour because it’s a seed?
    Thanks so much,

  7. emily
    October 25, 2009 | 10:59 pm

    no, i havent tried baking with it, i will let you know when I do!

  8. Davida
    October 30, 2009 | 8:11 pm


    We have always made a tofu pot pie with gravy for Thanksgiving. If you can’t have gluten then Shepard’s Pie with potatoes is always a great option. I know not everyone can have soy but there are many substitutions for the tofu. Mushrooms are also good if you aren’t including meat.

    Thank you for your menu planners.


  9. Sharon
    November 1, 2009 | 12:21 pm

    Among other things, I am sugar-free, excluding things like honey and maple syrup. I only use Stevia (“Truvia”–a brand of Stevia without an aftertaste) and am wondering about using it to make cranberry sauce. I think the boiled type uses sugar to kind of make a syrup for the dish. Do you think it would work with Stevia? I suppose I could make the raw-type with Stevia and an orange. But, I will definitely order your Thanksgiving Planner. What a good idea! Thanks.

  10. Sarah
    November 2, 2009 | 11:17 am

    HI Sharon,
    I have not experimented that much with Stevia. But I would think it would be a fine replacement in the cranberry sauce. I think you will just have to play with how much to add to get to the desire sweetness you’re looking for.
    As for Truvia, what is your experience with it? I just found a post that listed several people having adverse side affects from it which concerns me. Have you ever had any problems with it?
    Thanks so much,

  11. Sarah
    November 2, 2009 | 11:21 am

    Hi Davida,
    Thanks so much for your ideas. I too love Shepherd’s Pie, and mushrooms are great. I love them gravy! I’m glad you’re enjoying the menus!

  12. Jenny
    November 2, 2009 | 5:58 pm

    I don’t think wild rice would be GAPS legal even if it isn’t a grain, because of the starch (polysaccharide) content. I think it would be in the same category as the pseudo-grains, quinoa and buckwheat.

  13. Sarah
    November 4, 2009 | 2:33 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    I agree with you and this was confirmed by the yahoo GAPS group I am on. That’s okay – I”m having a lot of fun with grain-free baking, etc.
    I also made some bread stuffing out of coconut bread and it turned out great!

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  15. Pam Snyder
    November 11, 2009 | 5:44 pm

    Bless you. I recently started back on my allergy diet. I can’t have grains, most nuts, lots of vegetables, all the meats except lamb (I don’t like lamb), and few fish and fruits. I also dislike cooking and I love sweets. Thank you for experimenting with the recipes. I will definitely being purchasing the menu. I tried to make pumpkin filling and it just didn’t turn out well with no brown sugar. I thought maybe maple flavoring would help.

    I use Stevita brand stevia and haven’t had any problems with it at all. I consume quite a bit in the ice cream I make and it doesn’t bother me. Maybe just the Truvia is a problem. Stevita doesn’t have a bitter taste to it.

  16. Sarah
    November 29, 2009 | 1:38 am

    Thank you so much for the Thanksgiving menu planner. We tried many of the recipes and they were delicious. They really helped us navigate the holiday and stick to our GAPS diet. We can’t wait for a GAPS friendly weekly planner.

  17. Anon
    October 13, 2010 | 3:07 pm

    It might be nice if you could post this before Canadian Thanksgiving next time – expand your audience!

  18. Sarah
    October 13, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Yes – sorry about this. I agree, I will definitely do this next year. I got caught up in other details of my business this time around.

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