I am sure many of you are gearing up to host for Thanksgiving or if you’re lucky, you will just show up with a tasty side dish and kick back and enjoy the day! Either way, it’s time to start thinking about what will be on the Thanksgiving menu. You all know I love to cook and create healthy takes on my favorite recipes so Thanksgiving is no exception. I have rounded up my five favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes to help make your holidays healthy and stress-free. Whatever dish or dishes you decide to make, I recommend taking time to take a deep breathe and think of a few things that you are most thankful for this year. Food is a beautiful way to show the people around you, you love them and the holidays are a great time to reflect on what we are most grateful for. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, and just be creative and have fun.

GRANNY’S BOURBON PECAN PIE

This is a recipe passed down to me by my Granny and it is a crowd favorite. I took her original recipe and I have simply switched out the crust for my favorite gluten-free crust and replaced corn syrup with brown rice syrup. The results are rich and divine. My favorite thing about the holidays is having my own pie in the fridge after the busyness of the holiday party has settled, and I can wake up and eat pie in my pajamas.

BRUSSEL SPROUTS SLAW WITH BACON & CRANBERRIES

Brussel sprouts are having a major moment so why not add them to your Thanksgiving spread? This brussel sprouts slaw is my take on a Thanksgiving salad that is both fresh, crunchy and slightly savory. (Thanks bacon). This slaw is definitely my new favorite side dish.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO BACON GOAT CHEESE DIP

I love to make this recipe in the fall when I can readily grab the herbs fresh out of my garden but I also love to serve this dip for Thanksgiving and winter holidays. It’s very easy to make, and it is such a crowd pleaser. The fresh herbs give a nice balance to the salty bacon. And it’s bacon, IN a dip… Does it get any better?

QUINOA & SAUSAGE STUFFED MUSHROOMS

This fun, savory dish is my gluten-free alternative to Thanksgiving stuffing.  I took my favorite things about the idea of stuffing… sausage, mushrooms and cheese, and made a side dish that is gluten-free and delicious.  The best thing about this stuffing is it won’t totally stuff you from filling up on all your other favorite Thanksgiving dishes. I made mine with spicy red pepper chicken sausages. This recipe would be so good with a variety of sausages.  I think I might try a pork sage next time. If you are vegetarian, substitute kale or vegan sausage.

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

There is something that feels so perfectly fall about roasted butternut squash. It’s ability to pair with different herbs and dishes. And the light orange color is magical. With the change of the seasons, I highly recommend making this dish with bone broth if you are not vegetarian. The nutrient-dense bone broth with the earth squash, garlic and ginger is so good for the immune system during the change of the seasons.

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