Include Your GF Family Member In Turkey Day Dinner

Two parents and a child laughing over Thanksgiving dinner

This year’s feast will likely include the family favorites that have been passed down through generations. These tried-and-true dishes are the heart and soul of your family holidays and deserve a place of honor at the center of your table. But how about making it a point to include that family member with a gluten sensitivity? Rather than leaving them with a plate full of turkey, include a gluten-free side dish or two to round out your traditional spread. Here are a few delicious options from Cooking Light.

Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing

If you’re used to a classic bread-based stuffing, this GF variation might give you pause. But one taste will be enough to convince you that there’s room for two stuffings at your Thanksgiving table. This is a two-in-one side that uses a roasted acorn squash as the “container” as well as a tasty part of the composed dish. Wild rice serves as the base for the stuffing, which gets layered with flavor from sweet Italian turkey sausage, onion, mushrooms, garlic, and spinach.

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love creamy, perfectly silky mashed potatoes? Regardless of your relationship with gluten, this recipe is a smashing success across the board. Blending rich, tangy buttermilk with finely riced Yukon Golds, salt, and pepper results in what might end up being your go-to mashers for life.

Herb-Roasted Carrots

The earthy, slightly sweet flavor of carrots is a wonderful complement to a meal replete with rich, hearty dishes. Drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with fresh cilantro and flat-leaf parsley, this colorful and flavor-packed recipe will give your GF folks a delicious alternative to gluten-heavy sides.

Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions

Bite-size onions are simmered with balsamic vinegar until richly caramelized in this delightful addition to your holiday menu. Deceptively simple, this side looks fancy but takes just a few ingredients and a single skillet to achieve tantalizing results that will have everyone returning for seconds.

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