Nov 6, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! Try These Allergy-Friendly Recipes at Your Table This Year

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From stuffing to sweets, Thanksgiving revolves around food. That’s wonderful for most, but it can be problematic for people with food allergies. If you or a family member has allergies, you can certainly still enjoy delicious meals during Thanksgiving. However, you will want to make some adjustments to ensure everyone safely enjoys the meal. Fortunately, there are many tasty alternative recipes that are safe for those with allergies. Before trying any recipe, however, be sure to visit an allergy doctor in Las Vegas. A specialist can confirm that you’re making a sound choice or recommend alternatives. From side dishes to the main meal, here are some allergy-safe recipes for the table. 

Side Dishes 

 Many potato dishes, including baked sweet
potato, contain common allergens. Eggs, dairy, and even marshmallows are
allergens sometimes present in potato dishes. Some traditional dishes contain
soy, as well. You can look for vegan alternatives to substitute common ingredients
in your favorite savory side dishes. Alternatively, consider making side dishes
based on wild rice, brown rice, bucket, millet, and quinoa. Any of these dishes
also pair well with lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes. 


 In many households, turkey is a fixture on the
Thanksgiving table. However, it can also cause allergies. Many self-basted
turkeys contain gluten, water, salt, and butter. If you want an allergy-safe
turkey, consider getting one listed as “all-natural.” Natural turkeys
do not contain artificial colors or ingredients. Before purchasing a bird,
however, be sure to check the manufacturer’s label to make sure it’s safe. A
Las Vegas allergist can also confirm whether or not a turkey is

Sauces and Gravy 

 Gravy and sauces, such as cranberry sauce, are
also essential at Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, these tasty dishes may also
contain allergens. Gravy is typically made with butter and wheat flour.
Fortunately, it’s easy to make variations using brown rice flour or another
flour substitute instead. Cranberry sauce can contain walnuts and other tree
nuts. Replacing nuts with mandarin oranges or thinly sliced oranges gives the
sauce a unique flavor and beautiful color. 

Pies and Cornbread 

 Cranberry, sweet potato, and apple pie
typically appear for Thanksgiving dessert. As delicious as they are, they may
not be safe for everyone to eat. Luckily, it’s possible to have your pie at
Thanksgiving and eat it too. In fact, it’s simple to make (or buy) allergy-free
pies, too. Allergy-free crumbles and crisps are other equally delicious
options. Like pies, cornbread traditionally contains gluten. It may have other
allergens, too, such as eggs and milk. Fortunately, you can swap out any of
these ingredients with allergy-safe alternatives such as gluten-free flour mix,
egg replacer, and rice milk. 


 Stuffing contains many ingredients, so you’ll
want to look for allergens. The bread base is easy to replace with a
gluten-free substitute. Mushroom stuffing is a delicious option for a dish that
tastes good and satisfies everyone. Try using chanterelle or shiitake mushrooms
for a more exotic twist on a classic recipe. 

 If you or family members suffer from
allergies, it’s essential to bring some allergy-free options to the Thanksgiving
table. If you have any questions or concerns, be sure to speak with a Las Vegas
allergist. Only a specialist can tell you for sure that a food is safe to eat.
An allergist can also recommend allergy-safe meals. If you suffer from asthma
or allergies, make the holidays bring cheer, not disappointment. Contact our
office today at or call (702) 240 4233 to make an
appointment with Dr. Tottori, an excellent allergy doctor in Las Vegas.

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