4 Alternative Thanksgiving Dishes

By Abby Humphreys

The Nov. 14 edition of The Daily Athenaeum featured a list of decadent foods suitable for those with any common dietary restriction. If you’re vegan, vegetarian, diabetic or gluten-intolerant, try the recipes below to make the holiday season a little more joyful.

  1. Risotto (Gluten-Free)
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Risotto is a very versatile dish that, depending on your tastes, can include any number of vegetables and meats. Mushroom risotto keeps things simple by including only different types of mushrooms, but seafood risotto ups the ante with shrimp and scallops. Ham risotto is also popular and easy to make.

2. Butternut Squash Soup (Vegetarian)

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Butternut squash soup is deceptively easy to make and only requires a blender. This recipe includes common vegetables like celery, carrot and onion, while this soup spices things up with cinnamon, brown sugar and fresh ginger. If you love the flavor of curry, give this curried soup recipe a try (hint: it’s also vegan).

Vegetable stock should be used in place of chicken stock in all recipes in order to keep this soup vegetarian-friendly.

3. Sweet Potato Casserole (Vegan)

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A few adjustments need to be made to the traditional sweet potato casserole recipe in order to make it vegan, but the substitutions aren’t severe. This recipe uses coconut oil and almond milk instead of butter and cream in order to preserve the creamy texture of the dish and calls for a topping made with raisins and pecans. This recipe from OhSheGlows.com uses vegan butter and lists instructions for a crunchy nut crumble made from rolled oats.

4. Cookies (Diabetic-Friendly)

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Cookie recipes are so versatile and numerous that any number of variations can be made to make them safe for those watching their blood sugar. Crackle cookies made with molasses may not sound safe for diabetics, but there is evidence that molasses is digested more slowly than other types of sugar and may prevent dangerous blood sugar spikes. This sugar-free pumpkin cookie recipe uses Splenda and a variety of spices like cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to provide that characteristic pumpkin flavor. Though the stereotypical dessert of choice for diabetics is the oatmeal cookie, adding bits of dried fruit can completely change their flavor.


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