Thanksgiving! Gluten and migraine-free style

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that my brother is coming home for Thanksgiving! I don’t even remember the last Thanksgiving we spent together. It’s been at least seven years! 

He has Celiac Disease, so we’re doing a gluten and migraine free Thanksgiving. My mom and I have been looking at recipes and planning our meal for awhile, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you need some inspiration for the quickly approaching day.

Veggie tray with hummus. I buy Sabra Roasted Red Pepper hummus. I keep trying to make my own hummus, and it’s never as good.

Turkey – we’re going to do a brine and then bake it. My brother-in-law did it this way a few years ago and it was the best turkey I’ve ever had. I bought this brine kit from World Market. 

GF Cornbread muffins – this recipe technically isn’t migraine free because there’s yogurt in it, but I eat them anyway. We make these in a muffin pan instead of a skillet. They only need to bake for about 12 minutes. I’ve used this recipe many times. It’s so good! The muffins only last about 3 days in our house. 

My little helper, making cornbread muffins
My little helper, making cornbread muffins

Homemade applesauce – My parents made a batch of applesauce and froze it, so we’ll be eating that. 

Sweet corn – My parents also cooked and froze some good ol’ Iowa sweet corn this fall, so we get to eat that. Mmmm, Iowa sweet corn!

Roasted butternut squash – I made this recipe last week to test it out. It is nothing short of amazing. Also, peeling and cubing a butternut squash is not fun! But your tastebuds will be greatly rewarded for your effort. I put my brother in charge of this dish 🙂 

Roasted butternut squash
Cubed butternut squash, ready for roasting!

Cranberry chutney – I’ve never made my own cranberry sauce, but I’m going to give it a whirl! I’ll be making a few changes to this recipe, since citrus is a no-no for migraineurs. I’ll be replacing the orange juice with peach juice and omitting the orange zest. 

Garlic mashed sweet potatoes – I’ll omit the sour cream, since that’s a migraine trigger. Maybe put in some cream cheese instead? Yeah, cream cheese! 

Stuffing – We call stuffing “dressing,” and it drives my husband crazy. “Dressing goes on salads!” Whatever you call it, I’ve never been a big fan. Probably because there’s onion and celery in it. My grandma is making the stuffing this year, so it probably won’t be GF/MF. But, if you want to make your own, this recipe doesn’t look too tough! Just leave out the onion to make it MF. 

Green bean casserole – My husband really wants to make a green bean casserole. He said he’s just going to make up his own recipe as he goes. This recipe looks pretty tasty though! The onions and cheese are migraine triggers, so I’ll probably pass, but everyone else can enjoy it!

Pumpkin pie – My grandma is in charge of the pies. But I want to make one pumpkin pie just to be sure it’s GF and MF. I bought some Bob’s Red Mill GF Baking Flour (affiliate link – Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour Gluten Free — 22 oz), so I’ll be testing my GF baking chops! Here’s the crust recipe I’ll be using. 

Have you planned out your Thanksgiving meal yet? Do you have to modify for any food allergies? Think you’ll try out any of these recipes? Let me know in the comments!


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