Wahoo! It's turkey time y'all! Next to Halloween, Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday of the year...because, well...food! And guess what? I have great news. It's really easy to do a delicious Thanksgiving on SCD. The only major traditional foods you have to give up are stuffing, which admittedly is tragic, and potatoes. I haven't found a decent replacement for my mom's stuffing yet, but potatoes are an easy fix. Turkey and the rest of the trimmings are easily adapted to SCD.
The hard part may be that you're not hosting the dinner and you're not sure if there will be anything you can eat. Fortunately, Thanksgiving dinners are often pot-luck affairs, so chances are good, you can just bring whatever you want to eat. And there is no rule that says you can only bring one dish. No one will turn you away if you show up with an armful of casseroles and salads. As a hostess, I'm thrilled when people bring extra food because that means there will be more leftovers, which means I don't have to cook the next day. ;)
If you're not going to a potluck and you're worried that someone will be insulted if you show up with your own food, call ahead and explain the situation. Ask if you can bring some side dishes...that way you can tweak them to your dietary needs and no one will be the wiser. Chances are good you will not be able to eat everything that is served, but you will at least have something you know you can eat.
The exception to this would be if you're eating at a restaurant and in that case, you will need to call ahead and find out what the situation will be. Fortunately, most restaurants are used to working with food allergies at this point and should be able to help you.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving yourself, that is really the ideal situation because you will have much more control over the menu. You may still have guests who bring things that you won't be able to eat, but at least you'll know that there will be plenty that you can eat.
So, that brings up the question of what to make?? Honestly, the possibilities are endless, but I've pulled together all of my favorite holiday receipes into one easy menu. Whether you just need a side dish or are looking for an entire meal, these recipes are all winners. There are options for every dietary need you can think of and I'll be sure to share adaptations when possible. I'm posting the menu here and will link to the recipes as I share them. I think you will be pleasantly surprised about how delicious (and easy!) an SCD Thanksgiving can be.
THANKSGIVING MENU 2014
Oven Roasted Turkey
Cranberry Sauce Three Ways
Roasted Carrots and Olives
Garlic Smashed Cauliflower (Instead of Mashed Potatoes)
Massaged Kale Salad
I'd love to hear about your favorite holiday recipes and survival strategies so feel free to leave links or comments on this post or chat me up at any of the links below. Check back soon for the recipes!! XOXO, Cindi
Photos via Tanya Lolonis on Pinterest