Every holiday I like to try out one or two new recipes to make our holiday meals a little more exciting and varied. I did like our menu last year and I think everyone was satisfied with what we ate for our early Thanksgiving celebration and for our actual meal on Thanksgiving day! Even though I've been cooking allergy-friendly meals for about 3 years now, I'm STILL learning and striving to find all of our favorite recipes that are tasty and safe for Little Guy. I've recently been looking though cookbooks for new recipe ideas. So, I thought I'd share my 5 favorite cookbooks for food allergy friendly Thanksgiving and holiday recipes:
1. Simple and Easy Recipes and Ingredients
I love my Sophie-Safe cookbook by Emily Henrix since it includes simple and easy food allergy friendly recipes and ingredients. The recipes are free of the top 8 allergens - milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. This cookbook includes my go to muffin recipes like pumpkin muffins and apple muffins that would be great for Thanksgiving. It also includes the below cranberry salad recipe that I also found on the Sophie Safe blog:
Aunt Jeannie's Cranberry Salad
1 12 ounce bag of whole fresh cranberries
1 navel orange
1 granny smith apple
1 cup sugar
Grind fruits using a food processor one by one. Do not peel oranges before grinding. Mix fruits and sugar and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
2. The Go-To Gluten-Free Baking Cookbook
Colette Martin wrote an amazing cookbook that not only gives you allergy-friendly recipes, but TEACHES you about baking. Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts includes some amazing recipes that would be great for the holidays like Cinnamon Rolls (and holiday morning family favorite in our house), Crescent Rolls (MUCH better ingredients than the ones off the store shelves!) and Chocolate Mousse Tarts.
3. Creative Food-Allergy Friendly Recipes You Won't Find Everywhere
A friend gave me the What's to Eat? The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook by Linda Marienhoff Coss. I haven't tried too many recipes in it yet (note that it does include a number of recipes with sesame and/or wheat in them), but I definitely want to try the recipes for Cornbread Stuffing, Gingerbread Cookies and Holiday Cut-Out Cookies. Perfect for Thanksgiving and the holidays!
4. Vegetarian/Meatless Recipes Everyone Will Love
Although we're not vegetarians, I appreciate a good meatless meal or side dish. This Meatless: More Than 200 of the Very Best Vegetarian Recipes cookbook by Martha Stewart is a new favorite of mine for it's creative take on veggies. It does include a number of allergens like nuts and dairy, but there are so many recipes that are allergy-friendly and easily adaptable! For the holidays, I'd like to try the Mashed White Beans and Vegetables (which look like mashed potatoes!), the Glazed Carrots with Whole Spices and Rosemary, and the Warm Quinoa and Green Bean Salad.
5. Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes that are Allergy-Friendly
The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook by Cybele Pascal was the first allergy-friendly cookbook I bought after I found out Little Guy had food allergies. I wish I had more time to try out all of the delicious sounding recipes in this cookbook, but someday I will! I thought the dairy-free Curried Pumpkin Soup, Acorn Squash with Cranberries, and the Holiday Orange Sweet Potato Bake sounded like perfect holiday dishes to try this season.
Wishing you an amazing Thanksgiving full of food, family and fun!
All opinions in this post are my own and I actually own these cookbooks. This post includes affiliate links.