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Sides That’ll Steal the Show! 14 Easy Dishes to Make This Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving, turkey takes center stage on most tables, but we all know the sides are the real stars of the show. If you or someone attending your gathering has dietary restrictions, Thanksgiving’s traditional rich and decadent side dishes can be full of butter, cream, gluten, nuts and other common allergens. 

Octofree to the rescue! 

All 14 side dishes here, including traditional offerings like stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, rice pilaf, scalloped potatoes and brussels sprouts, are free of the top 8 most common food allergens (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat).

I also included some options that can be served as the whole meal at a small gathering, and a selection of savory soups that would be great, filling options to take along to someone else’s house so you know you have something safe to eat.

P.S. Get my top tips for hosting a dinner party for people with (and without) dietary restrictions at this link.

P.P.S. I’m thankful for YOU this year!

Have a wonderful celebration, and please feel free to reach out to me any time: liz@octofree.com

Traditional Sides:

Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

Three-Ingredient Cranberry Sauce

Gluten-Free Vegan Herbed Stuffing

Photo courtesy Make it Dairy-Free

Make it Dairy-Free’s Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Gluten-Free Rice Pilaf

dairy free scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Butternut Squash with Tahini and Pumpkin Seeds

Photo courtesy Allergy Awesomeness

Allergy Awesomeness’s Breadsticks

Soups:

Smoky Carrot Ginger Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Dairy-Free Corn Chowder

Potato Leek Soup

Sides that could be the whole meal:

Turkey and Mushroom-Stuffed Acorn Squash

Savory Stuffed Apples with Apple Cider Reduction

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Hey there, I'm Liz!

As a former food editor and everyday home cook, I’ve spent the past 15+ years testing, tasting and saving delicious, Octofree recipes for my family. It’s with lots of love that I share the best of the bunch with you, along with tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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