7 Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Sides Even Discerning Toddlers Love

by Meg Kehoe

Thanksgiving is a holiday that can either instill joy or terror into your heart. Personally? It’s a mix of both. I’ve always loved preparing perfect tasting dishes for my family and friends. But when I have to step outside my comfort zone and prepare gluten-free Thanksgiving dishes, I get a bit nervous. I want to create a dish that those with Celiac disease can enjoy, but doesn't make everyone else around the table shudder or spit into their napkins.

What’s that you say? It doesn’t have to be that way? There are delicious gluten-free recipes that even toddlers and too-into-tradition grandparents will love? The rumor is true, friends.

From sweet potatoes, to cauliflower, and brussel sprouts — here are a nine mouth-watering gluten-free side dishes that will please everyone at your Thanksgiving table (yes, even your picky as hell child.) rSo pick out your favorites and prepare to be lauded by your family and friends for these delicious dishes, because these recipes will be crowd favorites for years to come.


Apple Cider Vinegar Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Even toddlers won’t be able to turn down Quinoa Kale and Exhale’s sweet potatoes with an apple cider vinegar glaze. Tangy and sweet, these sweet potatoes don’t disappoint.


Paleo Cauliflower Mash-Tinis

This alternative to traditional mashed potatoes is not only delicious, and easy, but it's pretty too. The Urban Poser’s mashed cauliflower recipe is an obvious choice, especially with with bacon sprinkled on top.


Smoked Bacon Cauliflower Rostis

While cauliflower can be a bit dull on it’s own, The Healthy Foodie’s recipe for bacon and cauliflower rostis are anything but. With crispy bacon throughout, these cakes are perfect for the morning after with eggs.


Whipped Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is a personal favorite of mine. My brother and I almost always prepare two every year, so we can eat the leftovers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner the next day. The Healthy Foodie’s whipped sweet potato casserole is guest starring on our menu this year.


Loaded Cauliflower Fritters

Calling these fritters “loaded” is no misnomer. You won’t believe the nutritional punch these cauliflower fritters by The Healthy Foodie pack! Secret ingredient? Shredded coconut.


Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

As a kid, I hated Brussels sprouts, but I would have devoured The Healthy Foodie’s Brussels sprouts with bacon.


Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Chickpeas

Why not include a little finger food at this year’s festivities? Try Hello Natural’s easy cinnamon and sugar roasted chickpeas, they’re addicting!

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