Yes, it’s time to share some Thanksgiving recipes here on gfe. I know some of you think I’m behind the game as we’re only a week away from Thanksgiving! Hey, how did that happen? It’s like this every year though. The passing of time always seems to accelerate even more once we hit November. If you haven’t figured out what you’re making yet or want to try something new, here are some gfe recipe ideas for you, plus a few more “with a little help from my friends.” Note that all of these recipes will work just fine for rest of the holiday season, too, and some you’ll definitely want to enjoy all year long!
A word of gfe advice … please don’t stress too much over this event. I’m not talking about worrying about staying gluten free, of course. That’s critical. (For that topic, see my post on staying safe and gluten free and my series on dealing with gluten-full friends and family.) I’m just talking about not letting the quest for the perfect holidays get to you. Try to have fun and roll with the punches, so to speak. The Thanksgiving celebrations that are remembered are not the “perfect” ones; they’re the imperfect ones. We still talk about the Thanksgiving at my house where suddenly there were no rolls left and nobody wanted to say anything lest someone was being a roll hog. When the meal was over, we found most of the rolls on the floor under the table. We had absolutely no idea how that happened, but we still laugh about it with delight!
Here’s another example of how non-perfect moments can become the best, most worthy memories. Last year, I was hosting our family Thanksgiving and running behind. I knew I had to make my Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies (links in listing below) to keep everyone happy. My family so loves these cookies as part of our special occasion meals. I had already mixed up the dough, but had run out of time to actually bake the cookies. So I set the bowl of cookie dough on the porch to stay cool. Once our meal was done, I put my apron back on and baked the cookies while we all chatted and sipped our seasonal beverages. As you can imagine, getting to enjoy beloved chocolate chip cookies warm right out of the oven was a very special treat for all. Now whenever I’m hosting, that will be part of the ritual—and a very welcome one indeed!
Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday over the years because it focuses on the most important things in life—dear family and friends, delicious and nourishing food, love, laughter, and all life’s blessings. I am thankful for each and every one of you, my gfe readers. Hope you all have a truly wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Pumpkin Hummus (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
Reindeer Antlers Punch (our family’s kickoff to that other upcoming holiday!)
Entrée/Main Dish Recipes
Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Salads That Are Perfect for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
Dressing and Stuffing Recipes
Other Side Dish Recipes
Ten Favorite Deliciously Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving (*verify all ingredients are gluten free and make substitutions if needed)
And if you need a crust for your pies (and any of my crustless pies will actually work just fine in a crust if you prefer):
Plan for Leftovers
Here’s your plan for leftovers (there’s even a way to use your leftover stuffing):
Cookbooks That Are Perfect for Your Holidays
Here are some other sources of terrific gluten-free recipes for the holiday season:
Danielle’s (Against All Grain) Kindle ebook: Thankful (20 Thanksgiving Gluten-Free and Paleo Recipes) (number one of ALL cookbooks on Amazon right now; all proceeds between now and Thanksiving will go to typhoon relief efforts)
Amie’s (The Healthy Apple) Holiday Ebook (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Peanut-Free Vegetarian) 80 holiday recipes inside (vegetarian/vegan and paleo recipes) along with COUPONS and a Raffle!
Lexie’s (Lexie’s Kitchen) Everyday Classics: Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Egg-Free Recipes (there are 68 phenomenal recipes for beloved pantry staples, breakfasts, dinners and desserts)
Ricki’s (Ricki Heller) Naturally Sweet & Gluten Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts (so many amazing treats—100 to be exact—in this one)
Stephanie’s (A Year of Slow Cooking) 365 Slow Cooker Suppers (after a day of shopping, hanging lights, putting up the tree, etc., it will be great to simply take the lid off your slow cooker and serve up a delicious dinner!)