Soy and Dairy Free Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is this week.  Last year I did a post of my Thanksgiving Food Plan and recipe ideas.  Like always, these food occasions are doable, just require some planning.  Thanksgiving is butter heavy all the way around so I usually ask for a bit of help from my in-laws and do quite a bit of cooking on my own.  At first I was hesitant to ask people to help us with our eating needs,  but I’ve found them very happy to help and relieved that we won’t be sitting there with empty plates.   I am able to eat dairy again since I am done nursing but here is my plan for Colin:

1.  Turkey – I check to make sure there is no butter/soy oils in or on the turkey.   One side of our family is smoking the turkey which is excellent.  I usually give Colin a piece of from the inside of the cut, just to be safe.

2.  Veggies-  I called my family and asked them to leave small bowls of plain veggies to the side.  Veggies like corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes and so on  I will microwave and season myself.  I use olive oil, Earth Balance Soy Free Spread and things like spices, fresh herbs, brown sugar and chicken stock to liven them up.  I travel with a bag of our cooking basics to make sure I have safe items on hand.

3.   Cranberry sauce-  We make this recipe every year, which takes less than 10 minutes.   Crunched for time? Buy a can of cranberry sauce.  All the cans I’ve found are dairy and soy free.

4.   Bread –  I make my own bread and bring it.  This is one area I like to have something safe and yummy, especially since the stuffing will be off-limits.  This challah bread, made with the canola oil option, is delicious.  I’ve made it for several years now.  I recently found Pepperidge Farms makes some frozen bread rolls that are dairy and soy free (check the variety you buy to be sure).

5.   Dessert-  I am making Colin a dairy free pumpkin pie, using a canola oil based crust and rice milk in place of the evaporated milk (see last year’s Thanksgiving post).   I also will bring fruity jello and coconut whipped cream, since I don’t know if he will go for the pie and I know it will be hard for him to see everyone else eating whipped cream.

I think Colin will get plenty to eat and I’ll be happy to know he isn’t missing out on a lot and has a lot of option on his plate to try.

For all those celebrating turkey day, I hope you enjoy a delicious meal, are surrounded by people you love and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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