Menu Plan November 21 – Thanksgiving Week

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So how are you doing with Thanksgiving plans this year? Everyone has a different approach to managing a gluten-free diet during this festival of eating. Some people do all the cooking themselves and invite the family to their house. Some people go to another house, but take their own gluten-free meal with them. We usually do something in between and this year is going to be fairly simple for us.

My brother-in-law is hosting Thanksgiving at his house this year. So, for me, that means no extra housecleaning to do and no tables to set before the festive occasion. We will contribute to the feast, however, because we all like to bring something to help with the meal. I’ve confirmed that the turkey will be gluten free, but I know that not all the food will be gluten-free.

I do know that what we’ll be taking will be gluten free. We’ll take a raw vegetable platter with hummus that can double as an appetizer and as a vegetable side dish if necessary. My husband will be making a big pot of his famous garlic mashed potatoes to take. And, I’ll be making desserts to share with everyone. I’m going to make my grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin pie using Annalise Roberts’s recipe for gluten-free crust. I’m also going to make a dairy-free chocolate cream pie. I’ve seen two recipes recently that got my attention: Carol’s recipe at Simply…Gluten-Free and Shirley’s recipe at Gluten Free Easily. I think I’ll also make some mini pumpkin muffins with a cream cheese frosting for the kids.

So that’s how we’ll be managing our Thanksgiving feast with friends and family. Gluten-free turkey, mashed potatoes, raw vegetables, and desserts will be plenty to fill us up. There will probably be other dishes we can eat as well, but as long as I know we have the basics covered, all will be good. We can feel comfortable knowing that we’re eating safely and just be thankful to enjoy the company of good friends and family.

For more ideas of gluten-free dishes for Thanksgiving, you can check some of these past posts at Celiac Family:

Sweet Potato Casserole

Broccoli Mushroom Casserole

Quinoa, Broccoli, Mushrooms


And don’t forget to check out the Gluten-Free Menu Swap roundup below. With Thanksgiving as the theme this week, there are sure to be plenty of more ideas for eating gluten free during the yearly food event.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

Indian Chicken with Quinoa

Marinated Flank Steak

Celiac Family’s Menu This Week:

Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches with French Fries and Corn. I’ve got pulled pork in the freezer, so this will be an easy night.

Tuesday – Eating Out. The kids still haven’t gotten to eat out because they keep taking turns being sick. So, we’ll try again.

Wednesday – Pizza. I’ll use Bob’s Red Mill pizza mix for the crust and top with sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, and black olives.

Thursday Thanksgiving. We’ll be contributing a raw vegetable platter, garlic mashed potatoes, and a few desserts.

FridayIndian Chicken with Quinoa

Saturday – Flank Steak with Baked Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Salad

Sunday – Leftover Buffet

Gluten Free Menu Swap Roundup

Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life is responsible for the dinner rolls and a pumpkin dessert for Thanksgiving at her in-law’s. She’s also making Cheeseburger Rice, Chicken and Veggie Skillet, and Ranch Chicken this week. And, like so many of us this week, leftovers will also be on her menu. 🙂

Cheryl at Gluten Free Goodness is taking it easy this year for Thanksgiving with a quiet evening at home. She hasn’t finalized plans for a Thanksgiving meal, but it sounds like she may be making applesauce. Also on her menu this week is Curried Chicken and Cauliflower and Beef Stew. In case you missed it earlier this month, Cheryl posted a list of gluten-free turkeys and a roundup to help with your Thanksgiving plans.

Wendy at Celiacs in the House has her Thanksgiving meal all planned, complete with links to recipes for Diane’s Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Shirley’s Crustless Pumpkin Pie, Carol’s Soft Dinner Rolls, and more. The remainder of her week includes Steak, Shelby’s Spicy Chicken, Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup, and Curried Turkey Soup.

Lisa at Extraordinary Life posted her traditional Thanksgiving Menu earlier this week. She includes links to her recipes for Stuffing, Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole, Candied Yams, and more. This week, she’s has on her menu Pot Roast, Chili, and burgers. And for the after-Thanksgiving leftovers: Open-faced Hot Turkey Sandwiches and Turkey Noodle Soup.

Paige at Not Missing a Thing! shares her tricks (and links to recipes) for preparing a gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. Her pie crust looks pretty amazing. The rest of her week includes Sonora Enchiladas, Gina Chicken over Rice, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Angela at Angela’s Kitchen has a busy week of cooking ahead. Fortunately, she has three kids out of school and ready to help! She has a great plan for a delicious gluten-free and dairy-free Thanksgiving menu including Roast Maple Turkey, Gravy, Roasted Garlic-Sage and Sausage Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole, and more. The rest of her week looks just as busy, and just as yummy: Thai Thighs, Apple Sausage Quiche, and Turkey Wild Rice Soup to name just a few of the meals she has planned.

Debbi at Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie is joining us this week for the first time. She is starting her week with Sweet and Sour Chicken and ending the week with French Onion Risotto and Alta’s Shepherd’s Pie with Pumpkin Souffle. Debbi also has links to recipes for a Sweet Potato Hummus and a Crockpot Pumpkin Oatmeal that sound wonderful. Click over to Debbi’s site to say hello and check out what more is on her menu this week.

Thanks to everyone for joining the GF Menu Swap this week. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Don’t forget next week’s menu swap will be at Our Frugal Happy Life with Twist on Pizza as the theme.

Want to join Gluten-Free Menu Swap?

  • For this week’s roundup, email your menu link to me at celiacfamily[AT]gmail[DOT]com. Or, simply put your menu link in the comments below.
  • For next week’s roundup, email the link of your menu plan to Emily at Our Frugal Happy Life.
  • I’ve updated the Gluten-Free Menu Swap Page with 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



I’ve written a 4 part series in November about surviving the holidays when you’re gluten free. The 4th and final post will be up today!


What a great roundup, Heather. 🙂 Love that beautiful badge with the cornucopia! Thanks for mentioning my Chocolate Silk Pie, too. I don’t think you can go wrong with either my recipe or Carol’s. 😉 Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your family, dear!



[…] I’m also linking up to the Gluten-Free Menu Swap hosted by Heather this week at Celiac Family. […]


Hi, first time here I think. Here is my menu for the week. Everything gluten free for me! Thanks!


Hi, Heather! My menu is up at Once a Month Mom today: and I have more Thanksgiving stuff (our menu) at:

Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


love to see the menu plan growing! glad you get to have a fun t-day minus the cleaning. The mini pumpkin muffins sound fun


So nice to see some new blogs in the menu swap. Thanks for hosting this week. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.


Hi,I am sure there is an answer somewhere on your site but I just dont know where it would be 🙂 I have 2 children and myself that were just diagnosed with Celiac and my question is when my kids go to friends houses and also go for sleep overs do I pack all the food that they would need to eat or do I tell the parents what they can and can’t have? I don’t want them to have to try to figure out what my kids can and can not eat. And lastly what do I do when the parents just go ahead and give my kids gluten anyway. And I know your not a doctor but I am just asking this from maybe the experiences you have had but do you know what type of damage it does to my kids if they do slip up and have it? So much to learn 🙂

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