A Modern Thanksgiving Menu With Something for Everyone (Gluten-Free Eaters Included!)

November 21, 2016

Although Thanksgiving falls on National Sardines Day this year (no, we’re not kidding), we all know what the holiday is really about—reflecting on everything we’re thankful for, and gathering with friends and family to enjoy a satisfying and festive meal.

Modern Thanksgiving Meal

Cauliflower and Biscuits

Whether you’re a traditionalist who always uses the same gravy recipe, or an adventurous cook who prefers adding new dishes to the rotation, the Thrive Thanksgiving Menu has something for everyone. (That includes vegetarian siblings, gluten-free aunts and uncles, and neighbors following Paleo diets.)

Thanksgiving Pie

With this unforgettable menu, the fragrance of woody herbs like sage and rosemary will waft from the kitchen, turkey will be brined and basted, and potatoes whipped to perfection. Try one recipe or make them all—these dishes are sure to become new favorites for years to come.

Thanksgiving Pies

Garlic and Lemon Roasted Turkey

Thanks to a slathering of ghee, this tender and juicy turkey is what our Thanksgiving dreams are made of. (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Pear and Caramelized Onion Stuffing

The combination of sweet caramelized onions tangled with earthy kale and floral pears might be our new favorite twist on this classic Thanksgiving side dish. (Dairy-Free)

Pear and Onion Stuffing

Honey Mustard Whole Roasted Cauliflower With Green Herb Sauce

This impressive dish works equally well as a side or vegetarian main course. Honey mustard concentrates in flavor as it roasts, encasing the cauliflower in a golden crust that’s ready to dip into a bright green herb sauce. (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian)

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes With Maple Crème Fraiche

The humble tuber gets dressed up for the holidays with fragrant sage, nutmeg, and just enough cream to add a bit of decadence. To keep this recipe paleo or vegan, simply swap in coconut cream for the crème fraiche! (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, options to make Paleo, Vegan)

Brussels Sprouts and Seed Slaw

Brussels Sprout SaladLighten up your Thanksgiving table with a refreshing salad of Brussels sprouts and radicchio tossed with a tangy apple dressing. (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian)

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry SauceGarnish your plate with the deliciously tart flavor of pre-made organic cranberry sauce from Pacific Foods. Prefer to make your own? Try our update of the classic recipe with goji and golden berries. (Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegetarian)

Paleo Maple Pumpkin Pie With Walnut-Pecan Crust

The perfect ending to your meal? A Paleo-friendly pie that captures all the classic fall flavors: pumpkin, pecan, maple, cinnamon, and ginger. (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Thanksgiving Pie

Photo credits: Paul Delmont

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Nicole Gulotta

Nicole Gulotta is a writer, author, and tea enthusiast.

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