When I'm cooking for my allergy bunch, I make one entree that everyone can eat and plenty of side dishes so that everyone can choose at least two additional foods. If I tried to make every single dish something that every single person could eat, we would have nothing but a lonely turkey sitting on our holiday table.So, here it is: Thanksgiving dinner for the allergy crowd with clickable links to recipes posted on my blog and Pinterest boards. Happy Thanksgiving!
Real Food Thanksgiving Menu
Roasted Turkey. I fill the cavity with apple slices, onion, garlic and spices and baste with olive oil and everyone can eat it. You can also add slices of oranges, lemons and limes to ramp up the zesty flavor.
Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese. The lactose intolerant folks have to pass on this one but all of my grandchildren adore it.The ingredients can be put in the slow cooker hours ahead of time and it frees up the stove and oven for other dishes. www.kathyknorman.com/blog/real-food-thanksgiving-recipes-slow-cooker-mac-and-cheese
Portuguese Country Bread. My mother got this recipe on a trip to Portugal. It's an easy-peasy homemade bread recipe that can be made ahead, frozen, and warmed just before serving.. www.kathyknorman.com/blog/real-food-thanksgiving-recipes-portuguese-country-bread
Baked Sweet Potatoes. Scrub the potatoes, bake at 400 degrees for about an hour and serve with a choice of toppings that include butter, soy- free dairy-free butter substitute, brown sugar, allspice, and ginger. Time saving tip: Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and cook in the microwave until just beginning to soften and then put them on a cookie sheet and slide into a 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. They will taste just like they were baked in the oven but take a lot less time and free up the oven for other baking needs.
Roasted Vegetables can be made with just about any vegetables you like. Simply place cut up vegetables on a large rimmed cookie sheet, brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and your favorite spices. Roast in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes or until vegetables start to brown around the edges.
Fruit Plate with enough choices that everyone can eat at least two of the fruits.If you are feeling artistic, check out this cute turkey made from fruit that I found on Pinterest. My younger grandchildren had a great time helping me create a Festive Turkey Fruit Platter
Salad Greens with kale, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I put the greens in a large bowl and arrange the other ingredients on a tray so that everyone can make their own.
Chocolate Brownie Almond Pie is so easy and something different to add to the pecan and fruit pies on the dessert table. It doesn't require a crust and it can be made days or weeks ahead of time, frozen, and warmed just before serving.
Creating a Thanksgiving feast for the allergy crowd is a task I"m grateful to tackle. Because spending time with people I love is a gift. And Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to smile and count my blessings. Here's to a chemical-free real food life for all - even at Thanksgiving!
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