Thanksgiving 2019 Gluten-free, Milk-free, Peanut-free, Tree Nut-free, Soy-free and mostly Nightshade-free (Also what is at Woodman’s for Thanksgiving)

I have finished my menu planning for our Thanksgiving dinner. This year it will be mostly traditional foods.

A big turkey from Trader Joe’s. Stuffing made from Walmart’s gluten-free white bread. Rolls made from teff flour. My kids favorite chocolate pie. The salad may change to Brussels sprout salad, but then I would need to change my roasted vegetable.

I’m really looking forward to the leftovers. I love Turkey Dill Salad. A whole cup of dill in one salad.

I went to Woodman’s this week and they had many products for your milk-free, gluten-free Thanksgiving.

Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks
Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks

They had the Earth Balance Soy Free Sticks.  I had not been able to find these for awhile.  Whole Foods (the one by me) had stopped selling them.

I was excited to see these creamers.  Last years list of 100 things included start drinking coffee black. The switch was not as hard as I expected and now I don’t feel as bad about the brown sugar I put in my oatmeal.  I used the vanilla creamer in a chocolate frosting I made for a friends birthday cake and it was amazing!

Woodman’s carries so many good brands for those on a gluten-free diet.  I had not seen the Aleia’s brand stuffing that so many people were asking questions about in the gluten-free groups.  I was happy to see that it was also free of milk.  (It does contain eggs.)

They had some of the Enjoy Life holiday cookies.  The Kinnikinnick Gram Style Crumbs would be a great shortcut for making pie crusts.  Full circle Market Organic Gluten-Free Fried Onions were a good find too.  It has been hard this year to find the Aldi Gluten-Free Fried Onions so it is great to have an alternative.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.



Plan for Thanksgiving 2019 Part 1 (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Tree Nut-Free, Soy Protein-Free and Nightshade-Free Holiday Meal Planning)


Thanksgiving is late this year.  This would usually be the week that I start cooking, baking and purchasing a fresh turkey. But I have one more week!

In may of the gluten-free face book groups people have been looking for holiday recipes so I have been sharing my green bean casserole recipe .

I am making my usual holiday menu.  With lots of extra for leftovers for the weekend and for the freezer.

There are lots of questions about stuffing.  I have been to Trader Joes and Aldi.  Both of their boxed stuffing mixes contain milk so I will not be using them but I do think they are a great option for those new to the gluten-free lifestyle.

Aldi Live G Free Stuffing 2109
Aldi Stuffing 2019
Trader Joes Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix 2019
Trader Joes 2019
Trader Joes Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix 2019 Ingredients
Trader Joes 2019 Stuffing Ingredients

I use an old stuffing recipe and sub my favorite gluten-free bread.  I’ve always used untoasted bread, torn into bite size pieces.  Last year I used Walmarts gluten-free bread and will use it again this year.  I made garlic bread with Canyon Bakehouse’s Mountain White last night and have some left over.  I may make a small batch of stuffing with this as the base if I have some extra time today or tomorrow. To see if it makes a better stuffing base.

Today I am making a batch of Chicken Bone Broth – in the Pressure Cooker.  I made lots of chicken wings the other day so I would have plenty for a batch of broth to help get me through making all the sides for Thanksgiving.

My menu includes a salad, corn casserole, a big turkey, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry fluff, and a chocolate pie dessert that I make with Daiya Cream Cheese (contains nightshades) for my kids.  On my list of 100 things for 2020 includes making my own dairy-free cream cheese that is nightshade free.

How are you preparing for Thanksgiving? What is on your menu?

Turkey Carcass Soup, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Leftovers (aka Turkey-bone broth)

Cooking for Thanksgiving is a marathon.  It takes preparation, practice and doesn’t end when the guests leave.

After making the following menu gluten-free, dairy-free, soy protein-free, tree nut-free, peanut-free, and nightshade-free (except for the potatoes)…..

2018 Thanksgiving Menu
2018 Thanksgiving Menu

and running 8 dishwasher loads over the last two days, I am putting some leftovers to good use.

Following my usual broth recipe, I just use yesterdays Turkey carcass and add the veggies I have on hand.

Turkey-bone broth ingredients
Turkey-bone broth ingredients

I had some leftover fresh sage and some turmeric (In the container – note to self, take off the cover!) from the last time I made chicken broth.

I currently have two pressure cookers going with broth and will run three batches of water through each.  That’s plenty of Turkey broth to get us through a few weeks, hopefully.

I will also be making Turkey Dill Salad.  Have I mentioned how much dill it uses?  A whole cup! I love dill and pomegranates.  Who wouldn’t love this leftover salad.

What will you be doing with your leftovers this Thanksgiving?



Thanksgiving Inspiration 2018

I’m a big fan of Pinterest.  I love looking trough all the food, plants and sometimes silly cat videos.

I worked this weekend on the rolls I want to serve this year for Thanksgiving (recipe coming soon.)  This week I am trying to find a salad I think my kids might try.

This week I will finalize my menu and start my shopping list.  If there is anything I can get this week (nonperishable items) I will shop for them this week.

I’m still debating on my main coarse.  I like turkey because them I can make the prettiest sandwich salad ever. Turkey Dill Salad Did I mention it uses a WHOLE CUP of dill!

If you need some inspiration for you Thanksgiving menu look at my Thanksgiving board on Pinterest.

What are you cooking this Thanksgiving?



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