Living in Australia, I have a significant amount of Thanksgiving envy. While I have never actually had a Thanksgiving, I love how it seems to embrace the season and the cosy autumnal vibe. With that in mind, I’m publishing this roundup of Low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes. I believe they call this ‘living vicariously.’
Catering for vegetarians can sometimes be a challenge for newbies – never mind vegetarians with FODMAP concerns or gluten intolerances. So, allow me to present my most seasonally appropriate recipes – all FODMAP friendly, all gluten free and all vegetarian. Some vegan, too, just in case.
So, without further ado:
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes (gluten free and vegetarian)
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving starters
Gluten free sourdough ‘white bread’
As far as I’m concerned, no party is a real party without some form of bread. This gluten free white bread sourdough caters to the gluten free crowd and vegan crowds alike, and it tastes a whole lot like regular bread. I like to use it for dipping (particularly the antipasto) and the staled bits on to top the mac and cheese.
Paleo/SIBO diet friendly almond crackers
These crackers are embarrassingly easy to whip up. They are paleo, keto, gluten free and grain free, meaning there’s something for everyone. They keep well and are as at home with cheese as they are dips.
Low FODMAP garlic dip
A delicious and incredibly simple way to get some garlic in on a low FODMAP diet. This dip is easy to make ahead for a perfectly set dip on the big day. It uses garlic infused oil for a deep garlic flavour, sans the FODMAPs.
Sourdough discard crackers
If you happen to have a gluten free sourdough starter on hand, why not make sourdough crackers? They’re vegan, gluten free, nut free and FODMAP friendly. If you have a batch on hand along with the paleo crackers, you’ve covered all bases.
Low FODMAP pumpkin feta dip
The original recipe for this galette uses tomatoes, although they’re not super seasonal. That said, you can use the pastry as a base (namely, the pastry) and top it with whatever you like. A galette makes for a super easy dinner party starter – just slice it up and set it on the table.
Gluten free cranberry and brie wreath
Cheesy, sweet, flakey and buttery – this one covers all bases. It’s FODMAP friendly, too (contrary to how it might look) and makes for a particularly pretty table centrepiece. I can confirm: this is a starter that will disappear very quickly.
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving salads
Roasted pumpkin quinoa salad with feta and raisins
Cosy, filling, low FODMAP and vegetarian (but easily vegan) this salad ticks all the right boxes. It’s as at home as a weeknight meal or meal prep lunch as it is on the Thanksgiving table. One of those perfect low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes.
Radicchio and blue cheese salad with honey walnuts
This is my new personal favourite salad. It’s got bitterness from the radicchio, sweetness from the honey, richness and piquancy from the blue cheese and crunch from the walnuts. Plus, it’s ready in 10 minutes and all the ingredients keep well, so you can buy them in advance. Ticks all the boxes.
Blood orange and burrata salad with a festive spiced dressing
Take advantage of citrus season with a festive blood orange salad. The blood oranges lend acidity and colour while the burrata and pine nuts lend richness and depth. The salad is finished with a sweet and tangy festively spiced dressing. It’s a FODMAP-friendly vegetarian thanksgiving salad done right.
Honey and thyme roasted pumpkin with blue cheese and radicchio
Can you tell I like radicchio and blue cheese together? This recipe combines all the classic, rich and autumnal flavours you’d ever need in a salad. It can easily be customised to suit dietary requirements. Use maple and vegan cheese for a vegan option, or pumpkin seeds for a nut free option. It’s an easy, FODMAP friendly salad that looks beautiful on the table.
Spice roasted pumpkin with haloumi, pomegranate and herb sauce
I don’t think I’ve ever made a recipe roundup without including this salad. Bold, beautiful and delicious with haloumi to boot. Pomegranates add a beautiful festive touch and are FODMAP friendly in serves of 45g (roughly 1/4 cup) per serve.
Quinoa salad with a lemon butter sauce, pomegranates and inca berries
This quinoa salad is a hearty, grain based addition to the holiday table. The lemon spiced butter adds richness and freshness at the same time. The inca berries are a delicious pop of tartness, but they can be substituted for fresh cranberries, sultanas or pomegranate arils.
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving potatoes
Crispy kipfler potatoes
These kipflers are one of my all time post popular recipes for a reason. Not much beats a crispy potato with a fluffy interior, and these kipflers tick both those boxes. Can’t find kifplers? This method works on basically any potato you can get your hands on. Never eat substandard roasted potatoes again.
Greek lemon potatoes
Greek style potatoes are surprisingly simple but undoubtedly delicious. They recently went a little bit viral on my Instagram, and for good reason. The potato flesh is fragrant with lemon and herbs, creating a bright and fresh end result that goes with everything. One of those low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes that can be used all year round.
Salt and vinegar smashed potatoes
Salt and vinegar chips are a thing, so why not salt and vinegar potatoes? Another one of my most popular recipes, these salt and vinegar potatoes are always a hit. The perfect balance of fluffy potato, vinegary twang, salt and crispiness, these are like the chips you love but 100x better.
Brown butter mashed potatoes with crispy sage
It would be rude not to include a mashed potato, right? Adding brown butter to these mashed potatoes creates a subtle nuttiness that can’t be beaten. Add some crispy sage to the mix and you have yourself a real party. The mashed potatoes are made with low lactose dairy, making them suitable for FODMAP friends. The perfect addition to your FODMAP-friendly vegetarian Thanksgiving.
Crispy parmesan and herb roast Kipfler potatoes
These crispy kipfler potatoes taste like stuffing and potato combined. They’re delicious, impressive and easy to make.
Vegan low FODMAP potato salad
Everyone needs a good potato salad recipe in their repertoire, and this one is a goodie. It’s vegan, gluten free and FODMAP friendly.
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving vegetarian mains and sides
Vegan low FODMAP gravy
First things first: there has to be gravy. This one is every bit as meaty and delicious as I remember; all without FODMAPs or any animal products. A must have for the low FODMAP thanksgiving table.
Low FODMAP green beans
A very simple recipe for low FODMAP green beans that is full of flavour but onion and garlic free. Keep the serving to that specified in the recipe to keep the overall FODMAP content down.
Vegan low FODMAP stuffing
This stuffing is every bit as delicious as the regular variety: all without gluten, FODMAPs or animal products. One of my all time favourite low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes.
Vegan, gluten free mac and cheese
Because vegans need mac and cheese, too. This is an easy nut free, gluten free, 10 minute mac that you can whip up in a flash. You can also add some freshly and finely grated vegan cheese, but cut back on the salt you add if you do.
Low FODMAP mac and cheese
An easy, cheesy mac and cheese recipe that is both gluten free and low FODMAP. An undetectably food intolerance friendly dish that everyone in the family will enjoy. One of my favourite low FODMAP Thanksgiving recipes.
A hearty, delicious tray bake that can be assembled ahead of time, eggplant involtini is something everyone will enjoy. It takes somewhat like junk food in the best possible way. The best part? The only aspect of it that changes when swapping between vegan and vegetarian is the cheese topping. This means you can top half with vegan cheese (or the cheese sauce from the mac and cheese bake) and half with regular cheese.
Gluten free savoury pumpkin tart
I mean, I definitely have a type. This pumpkin tart is the cousin of my original zucchini version, but adapted with Thanksgiving flavours. It’s FODMAP friendly, gluten and grain free, and looks beautiful on the table.
Low FODMAP vegetarian hamburger helper bake
Part mac and cheese, part vegetarian mince, all delicious. This vegetarian hamburger helper is FODMAP friendly, gluten free and nut free. The mac and cheese element stands alone, as does the mince (although it’s somewhat less festive solo.) You can also make it vegan by using the vegan mac and cheese recipe (use a big baking tray, or use two.)
Gluten free zucchini swirl tart
The recipe so nice I made it twice! This grain free zucchini swirl tart is a hell of a lot easier than it looks, but is still a real centrepiece. As I’ve mentioned, there are two versions: this original version and the vegan version, which you can find here. They are both FODMAP friendly and gluten free. The prettiest edition to any FODMAP-friendly, vegetarian Thanksgiving table.
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving desserts
Gluten free pumpkin pie with a maple syrup pumpkin filling
Ridiculously easy gluten free pastry encasing a maple flavoured pumpkin custard – does it get better? You can make the pastry ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer, ready for use. I suggest making two batches if you intend to decorate as intensely as I have.
Low FODMAP pumpkin pie (egg free)
This pumpkin pie is gluten free, egg free and can be made with coconut cream. It goes into all the nitty gritty of a good low FODMAP pie, too. Dare I say, I prefer making pumpkin pie without the eggs?
Low FODMAP ‘apple’ pie (gluten free)
My absolute pride and joy, this low FODMAP apple pie uses *no apples at all*. Jicama flavoured with lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon creates a scarily apple like filling that nobody will guess is actually jicama.
Gluten free pumpkin loaf with chocolate chai icing
A popular recipe on my site with good reason! A sturdy, easy and delicious pumpkin loaf that uses easy to acquire gluten free flours. You can use the spiced icing, regular chocolate icing, or even the browned butter chocolate icing from my chocolate cake recipe.
Vegan salted ‘Nutella’ truffles
Richness, decadent, FODMAP friendly and vegan. These truffles tick all the boxes. As a result, you can pop them on the table and not have to worry about who can eat what. That said, a note: vegan Nutella still contains nuts – just something to be aware of if you have a diner with a nut allergy.
Low FODMAP ‘apple’ crumble
This low FODMAP apple crumble uses jicama for a low fructose option. It’s delicious and deceptive in addition to being low FODMAP, gluten free, easily vegan and nut free. Phew!