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4 Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Alternatives

These days everyone is on some kind of special diet, or has some type of dietary restriction: gluten-free, meat-free, dairy-free, cholesterol-free… and that can be a problem when it comes to preparing a Thanksgiving feast.

How can you pull-off grandma’s classic gravy recipe without the turkey’s good stuff? Are you really going to have to make two of everything?

There’s a much simpler option, believe it or not, you can swap just a few ingredients in classic Thanksgiving recipes to make everyone’s favorite dishes edible and enjoyable to everyone.

To further blow your mind: changing around your recipes doesn’t have to be flavorless, cost a lot of money or take a lot of time.

Whether you’re looking for healthier options, or are catering to guests with different preferences: we collected the expertise from True Food Kitchen’s Brand Chef Arik Markus, and found some great products to add to your favorite Thanksgiving recipes this year, on the To Do List!


Coconut cream and milk are excellent natural substitutes to dairy creams and milk.

Tofutti makes mock dairy products like cream cheese and cheese slices that are lower in fat and cholesterol than traditional dairy products.

Instead of butter, opt for plant based replacements Earth Balance, which makes a variety of different buttery spreads and baking sticks. Chef Arik is keen on palm shortening at the moment!


Instead of egg, Chef Arik offers a simple solution: a ground flaxseed and water mixture.

You can also use silken tofu and egg replacers!


Chef Arik prefers natural sweeteners like maple syrup, which is also a great fall flavor.

You can also use stevia derived sugar substitutes like Truvia.  Truvia offers both white and brown sugar substitutes that can be used in baking.

Try switching to Dandies Marshmallows instead of traditional marshmallows to cut your carb and sugar intake in half!


Opt for premade gluten free pie crusts and gluten free breads for stuffing!

Chef Arik makes a gluten-free pie crust with gluten-free graham crackers as part of his butternut squash pie! The List’s Bradley Hasemeyer said that the pie actually tastes better than traditional pumpkin pie!


Vegetable broth instead of meat broth is a no-brainer option.

For gravy, opt for a savory mushroom-based option that packs the flavor without the meat.

Chef Arik says that when it comes to the bird, you want to opt for a bird that’s free of both antibiotics and hormones – and if you can make the spend, go organic! If the label isn’t clear speak with your butcher!

“It’s that center of the table item that everybody in your family is going to have and you want to give them the best,” explains Chef Arik.

For a vegetarian turkey, try Quorn’s mock turkey roast. For a vegan option, try Gardein’s savory stuffed turkey!

Want to try some of Chef Arik’s butternut squash pie? Visit a True Food Kitchen near you!

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