Thanksgiving Meal {Dairy-Free}

Original Post 11-15

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I know for food allergy families that can mean some major stress. But as an 11-year allergy veteran, I'm here to tell you it gets easier. 

To remain sane this time of year, I keep the menu simple yet diverse. Special yet do-able. Traditional yet a little experimental. Balance makes everything go 'round, right?

Now we have our tried-and-true yearly favorites with a dairy-free twist, and the kids anticipate them with delight.

But I also like to add in 1-2 experiments that allow room for new ideas and fun creations. Alright, I admit, Pinterest sucks me in.

If you want ideas for a traditional dairy-free Thanksgiving meal complete with recipe links, read on!


TURKEY ~ Butterball brushed with dairy-free butter. 

GRAVY ~ Betty Crocker's homemade gravy

STUFFING ~ Jeff makes this using a simple recipe from Betty Crocker.  

CRANBERRY SAUCE ~ My MIL makes a simple sauce with just sugar and water.

FRUIT SALAD ~ It doesn't get easier than this.  

SCALLOPED CORN ~ Mix a can of regular corn with a can of creamed corn. Top with crushed dairy-free saltine crackers. Place in a hot oven until heated through. Check all labels.

BROCCOLI SALAD ~ We all love crunchy broccoli salad. It's a raw vegetable lovers dream. And there's bacon! Use vegan mayo if you can't do egg.  

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE ~ We like this recipe at Use dairy-free butter. Sometimes instead of mashing the potatoes, we slice and layer them.  

DEVILED EGGS ~ Graham is no longer allergic to eggs but still dislikes them. Maybe a deviled egg is what we need to break him in!  

JELL-O JIGGLERS ~ My MIL also likes to make turkey shaped Jell-O Jigglers for the kiddies.  

HOMEMADE ROLLS ~ The family expects rolls, and there are a few recipes I use. Most of these call for milk, egg, and butter. Use dairy-free milk, flaxseed egg, and dairy-free butter as replacements. Crescent Rolls and Refrigerator Rolls. Or try this 4-ingredient, allergy-friendly, artisan bread recipe!

APPLE PIE ~ My MIL uses this recipe. It's Jeff's favorite.

PUMPKIN PIE ~ This was last year's grand break-through for us. Recipe from Go Dairy Free

DAIRY-FREE WHIPPED CREAM ~ You can top pies and make apple salad with homemade dairy-free whipped cream or take a shortcut with So Delicious Coco Whip.

So as you can see, food allergies do not mean we are deprived of amazing food. At all. May your Thanksgiving be full of awesome eats and special memories. 

If you are looking for even more support for navigating food allergies during the holidays, beyond the food, check out our Food Allergy Holiday Planning Guide!

Leave a comment and let us know what dairy-free dishes YOU will be making!


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