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The Ultimate Grocery List for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

By: Beth Ann Morley, editor for FaveGlutenFreeRecipes.com

Thanksgiving is such an important holiday. Family and friends gather together to share memories and catch up on the latest news. It's also the perfect holiday to enjoy good food. However, if you or someone in your family is gluten free, it can be difficult to plan the Thanksgiving menu. So, we've done the hard work for you. Here is all you need to know to go grocery shopping for your gluten free Thanksgiving.

 

The Ultimate Grocery List for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

 

We've provided advice as to what to avoid and suggestions for great gluten free products. We understand that Thanksgiving requires a lot of cooking, so making everything from scratch isn't always an option. Instead, you can buy store-bought products to make your gluten free Thanksgiving stress free. If you do decide to make something from scratch, then we've provided delicious, homemade Thanksgiving recipes that will delight everyone.

 

Your gluten free Thanksgiving should be stress free, and this ultimate grocery list will help to make your holiday shopping completely painless.

 

The Ultimate Grocery List for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Table of Contents

Store-Bought Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Turkey

Delightful Desserts

 


Need even more ideas for Thanksgiving?  Check out these 20 Gluten Free Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Menu.


 

Store-Bought Side Dishes

1. Dinner Rolls

There are store-bought options for gluten free dinner rolls, but they are not always easy to find. Udi's makes Classic French Dinner Rolls and Whole Grain Seeded Dinner Rolls that are both gluten free and widely available. Check out here to find where you can locate Udi's gluten free products near you. Whatever you decide to do, stay away from the tubes of refridgerated biscuits because they are always filled with gluten.

Homemade Option: Perfect Dinner Rolls

Perfect Dinner Rolls

2. Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

The best option is to make your own homemade mashed potatoes, but we understand that the holiday season can get a bit hectic. If you are looking for store-bought masthed potatoes, check out Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Potato Buds.

As for gravy, the gravy packets, jars, and cans all contain wheat. It is much simpler, and more delicious, to make your own homemade gravy, such as this Herbed Olive Oil Gravy

Homemade Option: Grandma's Favorite Mashed Potatoes

Grandma's Favorite Mashed Potatoes

3. Dairy and Produce

If your Thanksgiving recipes require dairy, then you're in luck. There's no gluten to be found in milk and cheese. Although when looking for a cheese spread, double check the ingredients because they may have snuck some gluten in.

Like dairy, produce is good to go. Fresh produce is both nutritious and delicious so load up your cart with fruit and veggies.

Homemade Option: Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons

Cinnamon Nut Stuffed Persimmons

4. Soup

If you want to make a classic green bean casserole, make sure you don't grab a can of cream of mushroom soup. The soup is not gluten free, nor is cream of chicken soup. If you want an amazing gluten free green bean casserole that doesn't use canned soup, then you'll love this Family-Friendly Green Bean Casserole.  

Homemade Option: Cream Soup Mix

Cream Soup Mix

 

Thanksgiving Turkey

1. Stuffing

There is gluten free bread at select grocery stores. If you don't want to make your own bread, then the store-bought bread will be perfect for your homemade stuffing. Make sure you avoid the box stuffing that you can find on the grocery store shelves. The store-bought stuffing is not gluten free.  Your family won't mind because homemade stuffing is much better anyways.

Homemade Option: All-Star Stuffing

All-Star Stuffing

2. Turkey

It would be hard to have a gluten free Thanksgiving without a turkey.  Luckily, you shouldn't have any gluten free worries when buying your Thanksgiving turkey. However, you should always double check because some inexpensive turkeys have fillers that include gluten.

Homemade Option: Herb-Roasted Turkey

Herb-Roasted Turkey

 

Delightful Desserts

1. Ice Cream

Your Thanksgiving pies and apple crisps wouldn't be the same without ice cream. Luckily, most chocolate and vanilla ice creams do not include gluten. However, some ice cream is cross contaminated with other gluten-filled products. The safest option is to find store-bought ice cream that specifically says gluten free.  Breyers has a great list of gluten free ice creams that you will enjoy. 

Homemade Option: Perfect Chocolate Ice Cream 

Perfect Chocolate Ice Cream

2. Flour

Most of your Thanksgiving baking will include flour, but, unfortunately, flour is off-limits for gluten free eaters. But not to worry, there are gluten free flours that work perfectly for all of your baking needs. Check out this Gluten Free Flour Guide to learn the inside scoop on gluten free flours.

Gluten Free Flour Guide

Your Guide to Gluten Free Flour

3. Canned Pumpkin Puree 

When your gluten free Thanksgiving rolls around, your family and friends will expect that you'll have pumpkin pie, pumpkin cupcakes, or pumpkin cookies. Pumpkin desserts are a staple Thanksgiving treat, and eating gluten free shouldn't eliminate these desserts.  Luckily, most canned pumpkin purees are gluten free. If the ingredients include just pumpkin then you're in the clear.  If the ingredient list includes "natural flavors," then you should check the company website to make ensure that it is gluten free.

Homemade Option: Paleo Pumpkin Pie

Paleo Pumpkin Pie


If you're looking for even more holiday recipes, then you'll love these 11 Gluten Free Thanksgiving Ideas.


 

 

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