An 8SAFE Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving brings up childhood memories of all the classics: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes & gravy, mom’s candied yams, pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It was sheer gluttony and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I didn’t have food sensitivities back then so nothing was off limits.

Ahhhh, what bliss…

Now, as an adult with multiple food sensitivities, the holiday can be bittersweet. I still love the gathering of family and friends, but man can it be challenging to be around so much incredible food. Steeped in tradition and recipes that’ve been passed down the generations, it can seem as though every dish is off limits, even though every cell of my being wants to devour everything in sight. Needless to say, my willpower gets quite the workout.

So it would be like a dream for me to sit down at the feast I’ve outlined below. The only thing missing for me is traditional stuffing, which I’ve been working on but haven’t quite perfected yet. But I promise to add it soon!

Hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving in whatever wonderful way you celebrate! :)

The following recipes can easily be made 8SAFE as written. It’s important to stick with the original recipe (not add or edit the ingredients) and use only processed ingredients that are free of gluten and the top eight allergens. Recipes with a (v) are vegan.


Juicy Herb Roasted Turkey from Taste of Home

Oven Roasted Turkey by Patrick & Gina Neely

Easy Herb Roasted Turkey from All Recipes

Roast Turkey from Rachel Ray Magazine

Herb-Roasted Turkey by Eating Well


Carrot-coconut Soup by Mark Bittman (v)

Raw Beet Salad with Fennel by Mark Bittman (v)

Brussel Sprouts Salad by Mark Bittman (v)

Vibrant Tasty Green Beans by Heidi Swanson (v)

Haricot Verts With Sauce Ravigote by Serious Eats (v)

Gingered Green Beans from Food & Wine (v)

Spicy Sweet Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Spicy Southern Kitchen (v)

Brown Sugar Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Tinselbox

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes by Detoxinista (v)

Magic Mashed Potatoes from Eating 8SAFE (v)

Orange Cranberry Sauce by Whole Foods Market (v)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts by Ina Garten (v)

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Honey by Kevin is Cooking

Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Well Plated by Erin (vegan if you don’t add optional bacon)

How To Cook: Gluten Free, Dairy Free Gravy by Whole Foods Market (Pacific Brand turkey broth is 8SAFE if you need a recommendation)


Apple Crisp from Eating 8SAFE (v)

Chocolate Banana Bundt Cake with Salted Chocolate Ganache from the Good Cake Company

Let me know what you think of any recipes you try, and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to me. Enjoy!