Thanksgiving Menu Planner is now available! Gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free

Gluten-free and Dairy-free Pecan Pie

Gluten-free and Dairy-free Pecan Pie

Hooray!  Thanksgiving is coming and if you have a limited diet, you will have some amazing and delicious recipes to make!  The Thanksgiving Menu Planner is now available and it is specifically for limited diets that are free of foods like gluten, wheat, dairy, corn, sugars, starches, nightshades, and peanuts.  If you’re egg-free or nut-free, you’ll also find some great options to create a beautiful allergen-free menu for the holidays!

I want to thank my subscribers who gave me some wonderful ideas and recipes!

  • Lori – she had to idea to have snacks for hungry children on the menu
  • Sarah – pumpkin bars with “cream cheese” frosting
  • Rebecca – stuffing and cranberry sauce recipes
  • Sarah – traditional green bean casserole – I made a healthy version!
  • Holly – whipped coconut cream recipe
  • Rahma – sauerkraut – I included a lacto-fermented version so that people have a digestive aid on Thanksgiving
  • Andrea – pumpkin dip with apples recipe
  • Anonymous – Pecan Pie
  • Ann – Butternut Squash and Apples
  • Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS.com offered her Egg-Free Pumpkin Pie as well as the Coconut Icing

Here is the final menu:

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Homemade Ketchup

Homemade Ketchup and Roasted Carrots

Homemade Ketchup and Roasted Carrots

Something I’ve been mulling over this past week is the difference between “made at home” and “homemade.”  It seems as though a lot of the food “made at home” these days is food that has already been prepared in one way or another and then we fix it up at home to be a part of our meal.

For me, I have come to realize my dependence upon certain products (even “health food products”) lately that I simply can’t have now that I’m following a much more limited diet.  I like to believe that I made all my food at home and that nothing was pre-prepared.  But I now see how dependent I was on things like:  almond milk, canned coconut milk, canned organic tomatoes (Muir Glen Fire Roasted is my favorite), breads, tortillas, yogurt, kefir, crackers, snacks, ketchup, mayo and canned beans when I was in a hurry.

Now, I’m grateful for these changes to our diet and that I am preparing much more of our food at home.  If you want to know more about why I’m beginning to make these foods myself, check out the GAPS diet.  There are a lot of limitations on what kinds of food you can eat and how it is made.  Canned food (except fish) is out as is commercial yogurt.  Ketchup doesn’t work because it has sugar in it, etc.

So, this weekend my project was to make homemade ketchup and mayo.  I didn’t get to the mayo yet but I did do the ketchup.  My son loves it and calls it “cheppy” so I’ve been wanting to make it for the past few weeks.  We also can’t have potatoes or sweet potatoes any longer, so I roasted some sliced carrots to go with it.

I could almost believe (with my eyes closed) that I was eating a sweet potato fry with real ketchup.  It really was quite yummy and satisfying.  My son gobbled them up both times I made them this week!

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