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My Grain & Dairy-Free Thanksgiving Menu & Cooking Schedule (Free Printable!)

November 20, 2022

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For years I’ve been perfecting my Thanksgiving dishes, from the turkey to the cranberry sauce, and maybe this menu will continue to evolve, but every recipe is so delicious and sure to please any crowd. Everything on this menu also happens to be free of gluten, grain and dairy because of some food sensitivities in our family, but nothing is compromised on flavor (if you scroll all the way to the bottom, I’ve also added some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes that are not grain & dairy free for those without those sensitivities).

Cooking Schedule (Free, Downloadable Printable)

To make things easy to follow along, here’s a free downloadable printable with a detailed schedule of instructions for cooking this entire menu. It’s designed for use of one oven, and I start several days in advance so I’m cool as a cucumber day of.

Here are all of the recipes I’ll be referencing, starting with the turkey!

Perfectly Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey

Everyone knows the importance of the turkey on Thanksgiving, and we also know it takes more than gravy to fix a dry, flavorless turkey. I share all the tips and techniques that will help you roast and carve a perfect, tender, and juicy turkey for Thanksgiving.

Of course, maybe Thanksgiving this year will be a little more low key for you. If that’s the case, I also have a one-plate Thanksgiving dinner that is the full experience, can be prepped and executed in about 2-3 hours.

A Low-Key Thanksgiving Dinner for Four

This post originated a couple of years back when we were all couped up and avoiding large gatherings, but I stand by it! If you’re looking to simplify Thanksgiving this year or are cooking for a group of 4, this low-key Thanksgiving dinner is perfect for you! Still so delicious, and also happens to be gluten, grain, and dairy free.

Other Thanksgiving Recipes That Are NOT Grain & Dairy Free

If there are no food sensitivities present, these recipes are phenomenal and worth a try! The cornbread stuffing, especially, is one of my best recipes of all time.

Arugula & Prosciutto Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Savory Cornbread & Sausage Dressing (Stuffing)

Asparagus Casserole

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  1. DD says:

    Chris, I prepared your roasted sweet potatoes with maple bacon dressing as a trial run for Thursday’s festivities with the family. I didn’t believe the taters would cook so quickly without burning at 450 degrees, but they came out tenderlicious. I nixed the nutmeg and cinnamon in the dressing to strike a more savory note, adding fresh thyme just before serving (I may use fresh rosemary on Thursday). An aesthetic bennie is that the elements of the finished dish are still identifiable as a vegetable, not overly-processed casseroled glop. Thanks too for the comprehensive guide and inspiration. I am so grateful this year for the gift of your time and creativity! Cheers.

  2. Mel says:

    Okay this may be a no but do you think I could convert the savory cornbread dressing into a vegetarian recipe? We’re a family not big on meat or fake meats so I’m wondering ig=f there are flavor substitutions or if this would still be as good without the gizzards/sausage. Thoughts?

  3. L. Fasnacht says:

    You’ve done it again, Chris!
    What an amazing resource. Thank you! My husband does all of our cooking, but when we hosted our first thanksgiving 2 years ago, I decided I wanted to cook all of it myself and used a blog post from years ago where you posted your recipes and schedule. It was so helpful, especially for someone out of practice in the kitchen. Your recipes were so delicious that I’m still dreaming of that meal and wishing we could host again just to repeat that menu! A printable version is even more helpful. Well done!

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