Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Whether you are hosting a Thanksgiving celebration with your friends and family, contributing to a potluck, or just bringing your own dish to a celebration, you want to make sure that it can be enjoyed by as many people as possible and that means accommodating as many allergies as possible In a world of gluten-free, grain-free, and plant-based diets, you would think that would be nearly impossible. But when you think about it, eating grain-free can be easy! It’s all about learning the right tips and tricks when it comes to swapping our the grains in your favorite recipes.
Still thinking making the biggest food holiday of the year grain-free would be difficult? Check out You Won’t Believe These 20 Recipes Are Completely Grain-Free and Vegan to see how diverse the foods you can eat can be. Then, get ready for 15 grain-free recipes — that’s starters, dinners, and desserts — that will make your Thanksgiving celebration extra-special.
1. Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters
Pumpkin and curry spices have a great affinity, so these Super Simple Curried Pumpkin Fritters are a winner. They are fast and simple to make, crispy on the outside, and soft in the middle. Instead of grain-based flour, these fritters use chickpea flour. Serve with a dollop of coconut yogurt and a sprinkling of fresh herbs. The pumpkin can also be substituted for carrots or parsnips.
2. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Quinoa and Roasted Chickpeas
This Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is simply delicious. It’s filling, creamy, heartwarming, and flavorful. Roasting the butternut squash adds a lovely aroma and the chickpeas and pumpkin seeds are a crunchy bonus. Packed with quinoa and chickpeas, this soup can stand alone as a meal.
3. Roasted Carrots With Creamy Thyme and Rosemary Sauce
It’s the simple things in life, like these Roasted Carrots With Creamy Thyme and Rosemary Sauce, that can make a holiday spread. Gorgeous carrots of various and vibrant colors are roasted with herbs, some garlic, and a little olive oil and salt. So simple, yet a 100 percent. delicious. They are served with a creamy thyme and rosemary sauce that pairs so perfectly with the flavors of the roasted vegetables.
4. Greek Scalloped Potato Gratin
Potato gratin is a common side dish in Greece, but it is usually accompanied by heavy cream and a variety of cheeses. In these dairy-free Greek Scalloped Potato Gratin, canned coconut milk replaces heavy cream. Creamy and slightly sweet, this comforting herbed gratin is accompanied by green kale, salty Kalamata olives, and juicy yellow onion.
5. Pumpkin Pie Stuffed Dough Balls
Okay, you ready for a double dose of pumpkin? This recipe for Pumpkin Pie Stuffed Dough Balls includes sweet, cinnamony pumpkin pie filling enveloped in soft, grain-free dough or a cheesy, savory pumpkin-y filling. Both doughy and delicious. Both simple to make and both are guaranteed to be the first item to disappear from your Thanksgiving table.
6. Lentil Carrot Meatballs
These Lentil Carrot Meatballs are a nourishing, grain-free addition to any meal. Made with savory brown lentils, tender carrots, sweet potatoes, juicy cherry tomatoes, and walnuts, these meatballs are supremely satisfying — no bread crumbs necessary! Serve them with a generous pour of tomato sauce and some pine nuts and parsley for garnish.
7. Savory Butternut and Chestnut Squash Pie
This Savory Butternut Squash and Chestnut Pie is perfect for showcasing two of autumn’s greatest vegetables: butternut squash and chestnuts! It also shows that you don’t need grains to make an amazing pie. Instead, it has a crust made from cauliflower, almond meal, and chis seeds which tastes different from a flour-based crust, but is delicious in its own right. It is really easy to make so don’t let the many steps intimidate you.
8. Crispy Breaded Chickpea Cutlets in Mushroom Gravy
These Crispy Breaded Chickpea Cutlets are served with a savory homemade mushroom gravy — and the “breading” is grain-free! Chickpeas have the perfect flavor and texture for this meal that’ll win over anybody. Serve this alongside some fresh greens or any vegetable of your choosing.
9. Quinoa and Portobello Mushroom Stacks With Red Pepper Coulis
These amazing Quinoa and Portobello Mushroom Stacks were made to impress. The zesty, marinated Portobello and fresh-tasting spinach have such flavor and substance that it’s likely there’ll be no leftovers once your meal has ended. The most important element is the roasted red pepper coulis. Stir the olive oil in at the end for a sweet, creamy sauce that ties together all the flavors of the dish.
10. Whole Roasted Romanesco
Romanesco, also know as Roman cauliflower, is a cross between cauliflower and broccoli. Like a cauliflower, it’s versatile in that it can be made into a side or served as a stunning entrée. This Whole Roasted Romanesco is slowly roasted in a savory red pepper sauce until the top is slightly browned and it’s tender all the way through. Serve with whatever sides you like, but be sure that this beautiful vegetable gets a spot as the picture-perfect centerpiece on your dinner table.
11. No-Bake Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake
Delicious spiced pumpkin, creamy cashews, and maple syrup … you really can’t go wrong with this N0-Bake Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake. Once you’ve made the creamy filling, simply set it atop the sticky date-nut crust and pop it into the freezer! The hardest part is waiting for it to set, but trust us, the results are well worth it!
12. Autumn Spice Sweet Potato Bars
Look out, pumpkin! Sweet potato is starting to pop up almost as frequently, and it is particularly outstanding in these soft, sweet, Autumn Spice Sweet Potato Bars. Because they’re full of awesome nutrition thanks to all the nuts and chia seeds, these grain-free bars would be great as dessert, a sweet snack, or even for breakfast. Drizzle them with melted chocolate for an extra decadent treat!
13. Pumpkin Spice Magic Cookie Bars
These cinnamony-sweet Pumpkin Spice Magic Cookie Bars are a must-make. They’re made from a combination of crunchy pecan crust, creamy, gooey coconut milk, pumpkin-spiced purée, and sweet chocolate chips. Nobody will be able to resist these crunchy bites of sweet, gooey fall dessert deliciousness.
14. Carrot Cake Cheesecake
This Carrot Cake Cheesecake is everything you ever wanted in a cheesecake, and more. It’s spicy-sweet with a crunchy grain-free crust, velvety smooth, rich, and refined sugar-free! Cashews give this dessert the creaminess that cream cheese normally would while carrot purée and coconut sugar do most of the other work. Serve with a cup of hot black coffee as you enjoy this unique treat.
15. No-Bake Sweet Potato Cake
This super fudgy, rich, and dense No-Bake Sweet Potato Cake is such a treat! It’s perfectly sweet, super chocolatey, and extremely satisfying. This recipe is really quick and easy to make, using only four simple ingredients you likely have on hand right now: sweet potatoes, cacao or cocoa powder, shredded coconut, and sugar.
Is a grain-free Thanksgiving impossible? After seeing these recipes, we’re included to say “no way!”
Lead image source: Crispy Breaded Chickpea Cutlets in Mushroom Gravy