Menu Plan Nov. 5 – Thanksgiving Desserts

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With Halloween behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays (if you haven’t already!). Until the end of the year, we will have themes to help prepare for the holidays. This week, the theme for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap is Thanksgiving Desserts. So, if you have a favorite fall dessert, please share it with us.

My favorite dessert for Thanksgiving is pie. If you are new to a gluten-free diet, you might think that pies are difficult to make gluten free. But don’t fret, there are many options for a gluten-free pie! Most fillings are gluten-free, or can easily be made gluten-free by using cornstarch or arrowroot for thickening, if needed. There are lots of options for gluten-free pie crusts, too!

Gluten-Free Pie Crust – You can make a gluten-free crust using alternative flours or nuts.

Crustless Pie – You can also make pies without a crust at all!

Whipped Topping is typically gluten-free. But if you’re buying it at the store, be sure to check the labels. There are dairy-free options, too!

Want more ideas for meals this week? Check out the roundup below to see who else is sharing their gluten-free menus. As we continue with holiday themes for the Gluten-Free Menu Swap, the theme next week will be about Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

There are no pies on my menu this week. However, the crusts listed above would be great for Paige’s Creamy Chicken Pie, or Linda’s Hamburger Spinach Quiche.

Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread

Wild Rice Salad

Gluten-Free Hamburger Buns

Monday –  Progresso Gluten-Free Soup and Sandwiches for a busy night

Tuesday (Election Day – Go vote!) – Bacon-wrapped Chicken Tenders served with with Broccoli and Roasted Potatoes

Wednesday – Fish Tacos and Pineapple Mango Salsa

Thursday – The Peaceful Mom’s Rosemary Chicken served with Roasted Potatoes

Friday – Pork Tenderloin with Wild Rice Salad

Saturday – Hamburgers and Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday – leftovers

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen is looking forward to the Impossible Pumpkin Pie that her daughter makes every year. It is a crustless pie that uses a gluten-free baking mix and coconut milk. Angela also has recipes for a traditional (GF/DF) Pumpkin Pie and a Freezer Apple Pie to share. And, she’s already starting her holiday cookie baking this week! (I’m so impressed!) For meals this week, she’s planning on Silver Dollar Pear PancakesGround Turkey and Veggie Tortilla Casserole, Apple Cranberry Squash, Orange Marmalade Chicken, and Ultimate Beef Stroganoff.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life says that for her first gluten-free Thanksgiving, she had great results with buying gluten-free pie crusts at Whole Foods Market. She bought six pie shells because apparently she likes to accommodate everyone’s favorites 🙂 : Coconut Cream Pie, Paleo Pumpkin Pie, and Cranberry Walnut Pie. She also likes to make Pumpkin Cheesecake using gluten-free cookie crumbs for the crust. And don’t miss her recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes! On her menu this week is Almond and Romano Cheese encrusted Pork Chops, Lettuce Wrap Tacos, Roasted Chicken Legs, Crockpot Roast Beef, and more.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! doesn’t have any Thanksgiving desserts to share this week. Instead, she’s sharing a revised family recipe for Chicken Corn Soup that starts with a Cream of Potato Soup base and adds corn and chicken instead of bacon.  She also has Oven Baked Chicken Cacciatore, Pizza, Crockpot Beef Stroganoff, and Skillet Quinoa Fiesta.

Kimberlee at The Peaceful Mom is making BBQ Pork Sliders with Broccoli Salad this week. She’s also warming up this week with Crockpot Chili and Easy Potato Soup. Stirfry made with leftover pork and veggies, Cheeseburger Casserole, and Taco Bowls are also on her menu this week.

Thanks to everyone joining us for this week’s GF Menu Swap. Join us next week at Gluten Free Goodness when we share our favorite side and vegetable dishes for Thanksgiving.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • Next week’s GF Menu Swap will be hosted by Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness. We’ll be sharing our favorite Vegetable and Side Dishes for Thanksgiving.
  • The Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page has the current schedule of themes and hosts. If you’d like to host a future week, please send me an email (celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com) with your preferred date and theme.

Need more menu ideas?

  • Laura at hosts Menu Plan Monday every week. You’ll find links to hundreds of meal plans (not necessarily gluten-free) there.
  • Or, check out some of my past menu plans.


Categories : Holidays, Menu Plan



Oooh, who can’t get behind the theme of Thanksgiving desserts? Love that one! I’m sure they’re already being planned in millions of homes across America! 🙂 Obviously you know that we are pie lovers in my house, Heather. Thanks so much for all the great links and for including mine!

Have a great week and fun planning your Thanksgiving! xo,


Thanks for hosting this week and for the lovely yummy pie round-up! And for including my pie crust. 🙂

Your menu sounds delicious, as always. I love the pairing of the pineapple mango salsa with fish tacos – YUM! Here is my link for the week:

Have an awesome week!


Oops! I meant Heather, not Angela. Sorry about that! Guess that’s what happens when I try to type and talk on the phone at the same time!


Shirley — I’m happy to share your crustless pie recipes. They’re great options for Thanksgiving Desserts.


Hey, thanks for including me! I am especially interested in exploring the coconut milk whipped cream type products so thanks for those especially!


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Those bacon wrapped chicken tenders look so good! 🙂


Thank you for the pie ideas. This our first gluten free year and I’m looking for a dessert to contribute these will be a great help. I’ve checked out Elana’s crust and it looks really good. I’m looking forward to trying it. I’ll have to check out your fish taco and the rosemary chicken recipes.


what a nice roundup, Heather!


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