Thanksgiving Dish Ideas For Autoimmune Sufferers

This will be the first year that I’ve had to worry about what I am going to eat for Thanksgiving due to my autoimmune issue.

Ever since October transitioned into November, I’ve been thinking about how different my Thanksgiving is going be now that I can’t eat a lot of the foods I use to love.

I feel like this is my issue and no one should have to suffer because of my dietary restrictions. Since I’m having Thanksgiving over at my cousin’s house this year, I’ve decided to cook a few dishes of my own.  This way, I can be sure that there will be something for me to eat and it puts no extra pressure on her.

Here is the menu I plan on creating for myself:

Meats: Turkey and Ham

Side Dishes: Brussel Sprouts, Rice (Instead of Mac and Cheese), Cream Corn, Potatoe Salad, Deviled Eggs, and Asparagus

Desserts: Cake (Wheat, Butter, and Milk Free) and Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream with Bananas (it tastes like banana pudding)

Most of the dishes I’m making I don’t have to worry about in terms of them being prepared with something that will make me flare.  However, there are a few that I’m going to have to find ingredient substitutions for so that they comply with my new diet.


When I could use butter, I would rub butter all over the turkey with herbs and spices and let it cook slowly in the oven.  Since I don’t know how the turkey will be cooked this year, I’m just going to make my own. I’ll still follow my same recipe but instead use my own dairy-free butter.


Image Credit: Alison Marras


I’m working on creating a wheat-free version of my mom’s gravy because how can you have turkey if there’s no gravy?!?!?

Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts have become my new best friend.  I never use to eat them but now that I am branching out into trying new recipes, they have become a staple in my diet.


Image Credit: Mette van der Linden  

Cream Corn

I would love to make a cream corn recipe.  The only problem is that the recipes I’ve found online use heavy cream and I haven’t found a good substitute for that yet. This article has some good suggestions for how to create heavy cream substitutes.  I may give a few of these options a try.


Image Credit: West Via Midwest

Asparagus (Instead of Green Beans)

I would generally do green beans but since my condition prevents me from having legumes, I’m going to opt to have Asparagus instead. This recipe looks yummy.


Image Credit: Home Cooking Memories


My mom is an old school cake baker.  Her cakes are amazing and full of things that I can’t have.  I haven’t tasted one of her cakes in almost 6 months.

My mom tried to make me a dairy and wheat free lemon cake and to be honest, it wasn’t half bad.  We’re still perfecting the recipe and when I have a version of the cake that I like, I’ll be sure to share it.

In The Grand Schemes of Things

Life could always be worse. There are so many people out there who won’t even have food to eat. So, instead of complaining about what I can’t eat, I’m grateful that I won’t go hungry and that I will be able to spend time with the ones I love.

Feature Image: Annie Spratt

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