10 Thanksgiving Dishes for Special Diets

by in Healthy Holidays, Thanksgiving, November 22, 2013

scalloped potatoes

If you have guests with special dietary needs coming over this holiday (the vegan nephew, the aunt with the nut allergy, the gluten-free neighbors, the sibling on the paleo diet), there’s no need to fret.

Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain that’s easy to cook and reheat, making it even more holiday-friendly.

Recipe: Quinoa Pilaf with Crimini Mushrooms

A lightened up classic with only 22 grams of carbs per serving (not bad for a potato dish).

Recipe: Light Scalloped Potatoes with Roasted Chiles (above, from Food Network Magazine)

Cozy, hearty and vegetarian, this stew will be a hit with everyone at the table.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Squash Stew

Vegan desserts, which can’t rely on the usual eggs, butter and milk, are often tricky. But not anymore.

Recipe: Vegan Cupcakes

This festive main course has fewer than 400 calories per serving.

Recipe: Turkey Roulade with Apple Cider Gravy

Roasting the spuds ahead keeps the potatoes moist without having to depend on butter or cream.

Recipe: 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Casserole

Roasted sprouts have a nutty flavor, but those with nut allergies will have nothing to fear.

Recipe: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A fabulous dessert with no eggs in sight.

Recipe: Bananas Flambe

No grains, no problem. This take on tabouli makes a delish side for roasted turkey.

Recipe: Cauliflower Tabouli

Whole-grain bread adds fiber and a nutty flavor to this Thanksgiving must-have.

Recipe: Whole Grain Apple Cranberry Stuffing


Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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Comments (5)

  1. SBrown says:

    what about Heart Healthy LOW SODIUM options. 20% of people over 40 have or will have heart problems. The biggest culprit is SODIUM.

    • Heart Healthy says:

      Thank you! I must restrict myself to a fairly low sodium level and very low fat level daily. I am careful. I have learned how to estimate sodium and fat percentages in servings. FN recipes are almost always at my daily level with just one meal! So easily corrected when cooking the recipes at home by substituting homemade for canned, Mrs. Dash for salt, avocado or grape seed oils, etc. Do wish the network would consistently furnish the dietary information for their recipes. It would be so nice!

  2. Edavis says:

    There needs to be more focus on renal diets….low sodium, low potassium, low phosphorous, low protein.

  3. Deanna says:

    If someone had an actual dietary REQUIREMENT I would have no problem accommodating them. If you don't, and your are just jumping on the latest fad bandwagon either BYOF, or suck it up for one day.

  4. iki says:

    tank to information… http://goo.gl/Xm4dIF

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