How to Have a Dietary-Restriction Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Have a Dietary-Restriction Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

Definition of thanksgiving


a capitalized :thanksgiving day

b :a public acknowledgment or celebration of divine goodness


:the act of giving thanks


:a prayer expressing gratitude

This is how Merriam-Webster defines Thanksgiving. In the US, this holiday is celebrated the fourth Thursday of November. There’s also Friendsgiving, which is the celebration of Thanksgiving with friends. No matter which one is celebrated, food is at the center. Food is communal and having a meal with loved ones makes it more personal and fulfilling.

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When you have a group of people for events, you have a variety of palettes and eaters (where are my picky eaters at? 🙋🏻). Some of them have dietary restrictions. Luckily for you, I’m about to provide you a full Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving menu that’s gluten-, dairy-, & soy-free.

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This is a menu of suggested items. All items have easy to follow directions on the packaging. These are products we use and recommend and are not affiliate links. 

Even though turkey is the most popular meat dish, ham is often a fixture at the holiday food table. We actually aren’t big turkey eaters and have skipped turkey the last few years & stuck with ham. They never look like these stock photos, but still delicious.


Roasted Turkey holiday dinner
This stock photo is way prettier than anything I can make. (photo credit:


Holiday Honey Glazed Ham
Are you hungry yet? (photo credit:

What’s a holiday meal without macaroni & cheese? Yes, you can still have it even if you can’t have dairy, thanks to Daiya. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may remember the entry I posted of Daiya’s Easy Cheezy Mac.

Daiya Eazy Cheezy Mac is gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free.
Gooey, cheezy goodness

Not only can you have mac and cheese, but you can also have mashed potatoes! *Monica Gellar voice* I. KNOW. All you need are potatoes, Just Mayo, Earth Balance Soy-free butter, salt, and pepper. Pro tip: For the mayo, put as much as you desire. There’s no specific amount.

Stuffing: Gillian’s All-Natural Home-Style Stuffing (this is an online store that sells it, but you can also find it at Food Lion)

Gillian's All Natural Home-Style Stuffing
We use a family recipe and use this as an alternative for traditional dressing (photo credit:


BFree Ciabatta rolls: This is a newer item that we’ve discovered. We’ve found it at Publix and Walmart now carries this brand.

BFree Soft White Rolls are gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free
Necessary for any holiday meal. (photo credit:

Also on the Thanksgiving menu: collards, cranberry sauce, and (frozen) lima beans.


It’s not a holiday meal without dessert! Daiya has a Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake to satisfy your craving. Bonus: it’s free of top allergens!

Daiya Pumpkin Spice Cheezecake is allergen-free.
Get this limited edition cheesecake while you can! (photo credit:

If you’re hosting or attending a Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving dinner, let me know if you make any of these dishes and what you think! Hope you get stuffed!

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41 thoughts on “How to Have a Dietary-Restriction Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

  1. I have a friend who has strict dietary restrictions that keeps her from eating a lot of things. Even cake. So I am glad to see there are other options for people like her that let them enjoy a traditional meal.

  2. Sounds like you’ve got everything covered for Thanksgiving 😉 I must admit I’m not a huge fan of Turkey either. It’s always such a hassle to cook and ends up tasting dry. Ham and chicken is a way better option

  3. the pumpkin cheesecake… YES please! I’m vegan so I’m always trying to “veganise” typical recipes and I’ve always loved cheesecakes, which funny enough are the hardest for me to come up with, because the flavouring is so tricky…
    Great suggestions, I’m so happy I came across your article! 🙂

    • My sister loves Daiya’s plain cheesecake, so she’s been dying to try the pumpkin cheesecake. She went to get it a few weeks ago & they were sold out, so her plan is to go this week to see if they have it for Thanksgiving. Flavoring can definitely be tricky! I hope this can help you!

    • Hopefully you can find an excuse to have a bunch of food like this. lol I love mac and cheese, but you have to be so careful with it. Healthier alternatives that still taste yummy are the best!

  4. That pumpkin spice cheesecake looks good. I like Daiya stuff. It’s pretty high quality. We have about 25 people coming for Thanksgiving. I usually have everyone bring a dish that meets their dietary requirements, so everyone has something to eat.

  5. Everything looks perfectly planned for the Thanksgiving, It is good to see more options for all types of diets and not just the normal diets. Everyone needs more options for Thanksgiving and even the fast approaching holidays!

  6. I don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I commend you for making it a fantastic holiday for those with food sensitivities, These all look like fantastic alternatives!

  7. This is perfect for people who are dealing with food allergies and all that, especially during this time of the year. It’s been a while since we hosted a Thanksgiving dinner party but I would love to take note of these!

  8. Oh glad to know that there are options for a people who have a dietary restriction. Especially on an occasion, we should consider the people who have this restriction, Thanks for the tips.

  9. I love Thanksgiving! I’m so glad there are so many options available for dietary restrictions. There was a time that gluten free cooking was challenging. You found some delicious picks!

  10. I needed to read this today. I was just talking to my husband about this, and how I wasn’t looking forward to the holidays bc of everything I couldn’t eat!

  11. That pumpkin cheesecake is calling my name. My god!!! all your food list looks so delightful and healthy. I will definitely add this to my list. Glad you shared this.

    • My sister has been dying to try the pumpkin cheezecake. We’re going to try to get it within the next few days to make sure she has it for Thanksgiving. I’m glad you found this helpful!

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