Hosting the big Thanksgiving Day meal can feel like a major juggling act — not only do you have to shop, prepare and cook, you also have to consider any allergies or dietary restrictions your guests might have. You might be at a loss as to what to cook for your vegetarian niece who doesn’t eat turkey or your gluten-intolerant friend who can’t partake in the pumpkin pie, but these delicious recipes will take the guesswork and stress out of preparing a feast everyone can enjoy!
Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes
Butternut Squash Risotto
Vegetarians don’t have to be content with a small plate of salad and mashed potatoes for a meal. This recipe for rich, cheesy risotto uses hearty butternut squash, fresh baby spinach, toasted pine nuts, sage leaves and grated nutmeg will satisfy vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Cheesy Pasta Casserole with Mushrooms
This grown-up version of mac and cheese will have the vegetarians in your group going up for seconds. The dish blends pasta, dried porcini mushrooms, shitake mushrooms, white button mushrooms, fontina cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for pure melty goodness.
Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
Wild Rice & Brown Rice Stuffing
Guests with a gluten allergy can’t eat bread stuffing, but a rice-based stuffing is a filling and tasty alternative. This recipe combines wild rice, brown rice, toasted pecans, dried cranberries, apples and a hint of sage for an inventive side dish that might just upstage the main course.
Too often, gluten-free guests have to pass on dessert because flour is a main ingredient in many sweets. This gluten-free apple crisp will be the perfect grand finale (and another thing to be thankful for!) to your Thanksgiving meal. It tops fresh apples coated in maple syrup with brown rice flour, quinoa flakes, cinnamon and ginger for a sweet and tart crunchy flavor.
What vegetarian or gluten-free recipes have you tried for Thanksgiving?