5 Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Your Gluten Free Guests

What’s everyone’s favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner? Most likely a lot of side dish action.. and while you’ve no doubt got a whole lot going on in terms of planning the creative-yet-traditional menu for your elaborate tablescape, one thing you may want to give a another thought to is the throngs of people who are adopting the gluten-free lifestyle for any number of reasons. If you or one of your guests is sensitive to gluten, you might need to take an extra step in your meal planning.

These gluten-free Thanksgiving side dishes will be sure to please all your guests, whether they have food allergies or not. Oh, and did we mention they’re delicious?

Bacon & White Bean Stuffed Pattypan Squash

This dish is delish! You’ll still find these squash lingering at farmers markets around town, just ready for a place at Thanksgiving. Full of texture and flavors, this is a holiday favorite waiting to happen.

Baked Polenta with Mushrooms and Gorgonzola

Polenta is comfort food that is not only yummy, but it’s filling and inexpensive. This polenta dish is perfect for warming your gathered crowd on a brisk Thanksgiving night. From Real Simple, this recipe is creamy and has a wonderful earthy flavor thanks to the addition of the mushrooms.

Brussels Sprouts with Shiitake Mushrooms and Crispy Shallots

A fall holiday favorite (or soon-to-be), watch as OA’s Laura Klein demonstrates how to make this delicious dish with Brussels sprouts.

Butternut Squash Soup

Perfect for the chill in the air at this time of year, this butternut squashsoup from Gluten Freely is so warm and creamy, you better make a seriously big pot.

Carrot Puree with Hazelnut Tapenade

Carrots lend their autumnal hue to a Thanksgiving spread both beautifully and healthfully. Eating Well provides the ideas for this smooth carrot puree topped with a tapenade made of green olives, orange zest, hazelnuts and garlic.

Note: Gluten can be found in many different foods and products, from ketchup to soy sauce to candy and seasonings. Organic Authority recommends you carefully read the ingredient labels of all food and food products you use for these recipes to ensure they are also gluten free.

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