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Allergy-Friendly Thanksgiving Dinner

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Updated November 11, 2011

This Thanksgiving, gather with family and friends and enjoy a traditional feast together. We have an entire menu of allergy-friendly, crowd-pleasing recipes, including turkey and all the trimmings. We've modified old favorites like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie to make them free of common allergens. We've also got some new dishes to add some sparkle to your table.

Buying an Allergy-Friendly Turkey

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Buying an allergy-friendly turkey is not as straightforward as you might think. Some birds are processed in brines that contain major allergens; others are injected with butter or other oils. Follow our guide to allergy-friendly Thanksgiving turkeys and check labels before you buy.

Pumpkin and Apple Soup

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Elegant and seasonal, this soup can be modified to be free of the most common food allergens. For a stunning presentation, serve this soup in a hollowed-out, baked pie pumpkin shell.

Allergy-Friendly Sweet Potato Casserole

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Eat dessert first, and count it as one of your five veggies a day. This recipe makes sweet potato casserole with brown sugar or marshmallows on top. Or if you are really daring, try both.

Dairy-Free, Soy-Free Mashed Potatoes

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Most dairy-free recipes for mashed potatoes substitute soy margarine for butter. This recipe is free of both dairy and soy, and is also suitable for people with other allergies.

Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Gravy

Homemade gravy isn't as difficult as they make in look in those ads. What's more, it tastes a whole lot better than the stuff in the can. Fill your gravy boat with pride this Thanksgiving and use this wheat-free, gluten-free recipe.

Allergy-Friendly Green Bean Casserole

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Traditional green bean casserole is made with a milk-based sauce and is baked with processed onions on top. This version is lighter and fresher, and technically isn't a casserole at all. Instead of a long bake time, caramelized onions are tossed with steamed green beans and pumpkin seeds.

Corn-Free Cranberry Sauce

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Store-bought cranberry sauce often has corn syrup in it. This recipe is made with honey, a natural alternative for those who are allergic to corn or just avoiding corn syrup.

Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Buttermilk Biscuits

Imagine light, fluffy buttermilk biscuits tucked under a warm cloth in the center of your Thanksgiving table. You might want to bake a double batch.

Gluten-Free Stuffing

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Choose from a more traditional cornbread stuffing or try wild rice or a grain-free fennel and mushroom stuffing this year.

Allergy-Friendly Pumpkin Pie

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You don't have to miss out on your favorite dessert. We've got pumpkin pie recipes for just about any combination of major allergens.

Hot Spiced Cider

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Hot apple cider is a fall favorite. It fills your house with wonderful smells and warms you inside and out. Have a mug while you relax after the big meal.
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