Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes for Guests With Special Diets

Sweet potato pie

Whether your guests are gluten-free, have food allergies or simply choose to practice a paleo, vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, it can be hard to accommodate everyone at the Thanksgiving table. Lucky for you, we’re here to help!

We’ve rounded up six seasonal dishes that are perfect for family and friends with food sensitivities. Start with a simple yet flavorful turkey, and then pair it with some (or all) of these healthy Thanksgiving recipes, guaranteed to impress discerning diners with dietary restrictions:

  • Gluten-free Stuffing
    Homemade gluten-free stuffing can be really tasty. This recipe is also dairy-free.
  • Vegan Turkey
    Your vegan guests won’t have to miss out on turkey, thanks to this vegan turkey recipe. Variations include wrapping slices in puff pastry with vegetables or baking the slices in broth.
  • Cranberry Sauce
    Most guests should be able to enjoy this homemade cranberry sauce; it only contains five common ingredients.
  • Mashed potatoes
    These gluten- and dairy-free mashed potatoes are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
  • Sweet Potato Paleo Pie
    Guests won’t even know that this pie is gluten-free and paleo. Its flavorful ingredients will satisfy dietary restrictions and taste buds! Leave off the pecans and walnuts if diners have nut allergies.
  • Pumpkin Pie
    Gluten-free, vegan pumpkin pie rounds out a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

Helpful hints:

  • Keeping food items truly allergen-free means avoiding cross-contamination. Using a separate preparation surface and utensils is the best way to make sure guests with severe allergies can still indulge in delicious Thanksgiving dishes.
  • It’s easy to accidentally include dairy. Vegan guests and those with a dairy allergy will fare much better when recipes do not include butter, yogurt or sour cream.