We are on the brink of the holiday season! But for many of us, this year’s celebration will look a bit different from years past and may come with a mixture of emotions. We can’t deny how much COVID has impacted our lives and the ability to be in close contact with the people we love. In my state (Washington), the governor has asked us not to celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside our households. So, many of us will be having small celebrations instead of the usual big gatherings.
In addition to COVID worries, there’s always an added element of stress when it comes to being on a restrictive diet around the holidays. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy a delicious holiday meal! It also doesn’t mean you have to give up your low FODMAP diet entirely and suffer the consequences later. So whether you’re having a family get together or just treating yourself, there are many wonderful recipes available to provide perfect substitutes for traditional high FODMAP favorites. And I’m here to make your life a little easier by rounding up some of the best low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes from trusted sources around the web!
When it comes to the star of the show, turkey is a protein, and protein on its own is low FODMAP. Just be careful of the seasoning you use as many store-bought seasonings will include garlic and onion.
- This is a simple but flavorful Lemon and Herb Butter Turkey.
- Or this mouth watering Beer and Brown Sugar Brined Turkey.
- If there are only one or two of you this holiday, you surely don’t want to make a whole turkey, so check out this easy Turkey Breast recipe.
- Maybe your family would prefer a yummy Glazed Ham rather than turkey.
- For the vegetarians, consider a comforting Classic Mac and Cheese.
- Or this gorgeous Pumpkin Quinoa Salad, (a dietitian’s dream with all of that color)!
Side note, unfortunately the popular Tofurkey (vegetarian turkey) contains garlic and onion so it is high FODMAP and should be avoided on a low FODMAP elimination diet.
The Stuffing and Gravy
Usually stuffing is made with high FODMAP ingredients, like onions, wheat bread, and celery so try these great low FODMAP alternatives.
- A delicious low FODMAP Sourdough stuffing.
- Or try this one if you need a completely gluten free stuffing option.
- Check out this flavorful Vegetarian Gravy.
- Or try a more traditional Gravy if you want to use the turkey stock and drippings.
Vegetables and Sides
- Offer some yummy roasted root veggies with these Dijon Carrots and Parsnips.
- Couldn’t be Thanksgiving without a Green Bean Casserole!
- You can still enjoy Garlic Mashed Potatoes by substituting garlic oil for regular garlic.
- It’s fairly easy to make a Low FODMAP hummus! Just serve with low FODMAP cut up veggies like carrots, baby tomatoes, and red peppers.
- Who wants cranberry sauce from a can when you can easily make your own low FODMAP cranberry sauce?
Though the low FODMAP diet cuts out certain carbohydrates, many sugars including table sugar are low FODMAP and you can still enjoy treats (in moderation, of course).
- Low FODMAP Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies (I have made these many times before and they are ah-mazing!)
- Must have a Classic Pumpkin Pie!
- How about some Hot Chocolate for the kiddos?
I hope this recipe round-up helps you with your low FODMAP Thanksgiving meal planning.
No matter what your plans include this Thanksgiving, I know many of us are struggling out there. Let’s remember to find gratitude for all of the things, however big or small, that are good about our lives.
Happy Thanksgiving and many wishes for good health this holiday season!