Eat & Be Merry

Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite of the Winter holiday line up! It feels so festive and full of excitement. Like the official start of the count down to Christmas! Last year Ryan and I hosted our very first Thanksgiving and it was a big backyard affair. We had both of our families, a handful of friends, and a 23-pound turkey! ha! This year will be a little different, but still just as sweet.

The Sunday before Thanksgiving Ryan and I will be hosting my family for an intimate at home dinner! It will be the first time having my family over since our renovation and I cannot WAIT to officially break in our kitchen. And then a few days later we will be spending Thursday with Ryan’s family. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to safely see both of our families this year. I wasn’t sure it was going to happen and I’m beyond grateful!

So as you can imagine, I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes. On both my side and Ryan’s side we have lots of food allergies and preferences so I’ve been doing some digging on finding recipes that check all of the boxes! Some of these I’ve made before and can attest to their goodness. Other are new and I will note which is which! Either way, all of them look mouthwatering GOOD!


An entire gluten free/dairy free Thanksgiving menu… from the turkey to the pumpkin pie! Everything you need for an allergy friendly holiday!

Butternut Squash Salad {with Bacon and Maple-Rosemary Vinaigrette}

My mother-in-law and I made this salad together last week and OH MY GOSH it’s good. It was all I could do not to eat the entire bowl! Definitely add this to your list to make this holiday season!

* Omit the cheese, and keep it on the side to make this salad dairy free!

Recipe Here

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Well, this just looks delicious!! Who doesn’t love a green bean casserole with crunchy onion toppings?! YUM!

* I’m not positive the fried onions from Trader Joe’s called for in this recipe are gluten free, but here’s a gluten free fried onion recipe just in case!

Recipe Here

via: Minimalist Baker

The Best Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

This recipe looks amazing! I really like a dairy free recipe that uses both almond and coconut milk. That typically keeps the dish from having too much of a coconut taste! This looks like a winner to me! Honestly, you had me at the vegan butter and chives…. YUM.

Recipe Here

Via: Simply Whisked

Butternut Squash Quinoa Stuffing

I have recently fallen in love with the site Eating Bird Food! I love Brittany’s recipes and this one looks OUT of this world good! I love butternut squash anything so this recipe is right up my Thanksgiving alley!

Recipe Here

via: Eating Bird Food

A Simple Turkey Brine Recipe

Okay, this Turkey brine recipe is a MUST! We used this one last year and it was a hit. Simple, but oh-so-good. Highly recommend this recipe!

* We smoked our turkey in our Traeger Grill last year, and we’ll be doing that again this year!

Recipe Here

via: Bon Appétit

Thanksgiving Gravy

This gravy recipe looks like a really good one! I was searching high and low this morning looking for the one I typically use but I couldn’t find the EXACT one. This one is extremely close to it and what I’ll be using this year! YUM!

Recipe Here

via: The Fresh 20

Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce

I have made this recipe in years past and it is ALWAYS a hit! I know not everyone loves cranberry sauce, but truthfully it’s one of my favorite things on a Thanksgiving plate. This recipe gets two thumbs up from me!

Recipe Here

via: Cookie & Kate

Pull-apart Dinner Rolls

Confession, I’ve never attempted to make gf/df rolls before, but this might just be the year for me! This recipe (and extensive notes!) has me thinking I might be able to pull it off! Honestly, I’m hungry just looking at this photo… and is it really Thanksgiving without the rolls?!

Recipe Here

via: My Gluten Free Kitchen

Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

This is my all-time favorite pumpkin pie recipe! I’ve made this every holiday season for the past few years, and it never disappoints. If you are looking for an allergy friendly pumpkin pie recipe, this one is awesome!

Recipe Here

via: Minimalist Baker

What are your plans this Thanksgiving?! Are you cooking?


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  1. Haha I found Eat Bird Food a few months back and have really enjoyed her site! I chuckled when I saw your comment. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Ryan!

  2. Thank you so much for posting this! As someone who is new to the GF allergy this is definitely helpful in finding delicious GF Thanksgiving options!

  3. Thanks so much. Love the recipes. Definitely making. Where did you get the table cloths for the tables and what type of greenery?

  4. LOVE this post! I’m especially excited to try the salad, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie! Have you ever tried Violife df cheeses? They make a df feta that I think would be an amazing substitute in the salad recipe.

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