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21 Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

21 Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays can be tough for people with food allergies or sensitivities. Most traditional dishes seem to be loaded up with wheat, corn, butter, milk, and more, making it hard to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.

Here are 21 delicious, healthy, dairy free and gluten free Thanksgiving recipes to complete your main dish (turkey, ham, etc.). Each is a twist on a traditional favorite that will make your holiday dinner safe and satisfying for everyone.

These recipes are suitable for low-carb, Paleo or GAPS diets, but feel free to make adjustments or substitutions where needed.

I’ve culled together these recipes from some of my favorite real food blogs from around the web. Just click on the image to go to the blog with the recipe.

Related: Thanksgiving Leftovers: Black Friday Pie and Turkey Soup with Root Vegetables

Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes
Dairy Free, Gluten Free Thanksgiving Desserts
We wish you a very happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday!

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5 Tips for a Sustainable Wedding

5 Tips for a Sustainable Wedding

Ah, weddings! Generally extravagant and lavish affairs, couples often consider their wedding as one of the most special days in their lives. Weddings, however, aren’t easy to plan, and often involve a high level of stress. Due to this, even people who are environmentally and socially responsible in their everyday lives can forget to adhere to their principles while planning a wedding.

Sadly, our special days can have many environmental repercussions, and that’s why it’s important to try and keep these wonderful occasions as eco-friendly as possible. The consequences of our environmental neglect are steadily building up—not only in terms of physical changes such as rising sea levels and drought, but also in terms of economics where experts have found that environmental neglect contributes to overall recession and job loss.

Here are some tips you can follow to make sure your wedding is sustainable. Implementing these ideas is actually quite easy. By taking these seemingly small steps, you will not only have a wonderful wedding, but also help sustain our beloved environment.


Send invitations and envelopes made from recycled paper. Recycled paper can be very beautiful, and this way, each guest will receive a one-of-a-kind invite, since you can find recycled papers that are unique in shade and texture.

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Save Face with These DIY Organic Makeup Alternatives

Save Face with These DIY Organic Makeup Alternatives

Every individual is perfect in their own way, but that doesn’t mean that occasionally you won’t feel the need for a rosy cheek, a smokey eye, or a glossy lip! The majority of cosmetics contain chemicals and toxins that could potentially harm you, your skin, and age you ahead of your years. So why are we condoning toxic products that’ve been tested on animals when we can have our own makeup, and eat it too!

I challenge you to substitute at least one product in your makeup bag for one of these all-natural and organic makeup alternatives for one week! Using ingredients from your kitchen and local farmer’s market you can make and replace everything in your makeup bag!

More Than Skin-Deep

So what do you really have in your makeup bag? Have you ever thought to check the ingredients per product to see what they mean? Believe it or not the effects of makeup on your health are more serious than you may think.

Your makeup bag holds everything from asbestos to lead, and even more horrors in between! You will find that several of the ingredients in your makeup bag act as stabilizers for industrial cleaners and pesticides.

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16 Ways to Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution

16 Ways to Eliminate Indoor Air Pollution

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the air we breathe inside our homes and offices can be five times more polluted than the air outside, and this may be affecting your health and the health of your family members.

“Indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor air quality in almost every case,” according to William J. Calhoun, MD, professor of medicine and vice chair of the department of medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

That’s because enclosed spaces like homes and offices allow pollutants to accumulate and concentrate in the very places where we spend almost 90% of our time.

Improving Air Quality Improves Your Health

I believe the health of the human species directly correlates to the health of our environment. It’s not an accident so many of us are facing chronic illness, autoimmune disease and cancer at the same time that the planet has become so polluted. We are inherently interdependent with all things.

To heal one, we must also heal the other.

Because children, elders and people with illnesses are particularly sensitive to pollution, getting the toxins out of your air at home is just as important as getting them out of your food and water.

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Heirloom Tomato Pickles

Heirloom Tomato Pickles

Summer brings a bounty of garden-fresh produce, and one of the best ways to enjoy and preserve it is by pickling some of it.

With fresh garlic and herbs, these heirloom tomato pickles are a tasty way to preserve and enjoy the bumper crop of tomatoes and fresh herbs from your garden!

Choose firm, ripe tomatoes for this recipe, and combine them with whichever herbs are ready to harvest, such as basil, oregano, dill, thyme or chives!

More Pickle Recipes

  • Dilly Snap Peas
  • Watermelon Rind Pickles
  • Simple Pickled Beets
  • Simple Homemade Sauerkraut
  • Small Footprint Dill Pickles

Heirloom Tomato Pickles

With fresh garlic and herbs, these pickles are a tasty way to preserve and enjoy a bounty of heirloom tomatoes.

  • 2 cups heirloom tomatoes (vertically quartered (try mixing different kinds, including green or cherry tomatoes in your batch!))
  • 2 to 4 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (chopped (I like to use lemon basil and oregano))
  • 1 Tbsp.

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Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Coconut Flour Zucchini Bread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

At the end of the summer, it seems there is no end to the amount of zucchini to use up. Here’s a delicious, gluten-free, GAPS and Paleo-friendly way to enjoy the zucchini bounty. And this coconut flour zucchini bread recipe also freezes well so you can enjoy it during the winter too!

Preserving Zucchini

Zucchini is easy to save by drying it, pickling it, or freezing it. You can make delightful zucchini chips in your dehydrator that make great snacks. Just slice nice and thin with a mandolin, season and dehydrate till crisp!

You can also freeze thickly-sliced zucchini and use it in sautées and stir-fries later in the year. One thing I like to do with a bumper crop of zucchini is to grate it, squeeze out the excess moisture and then freeze it by the cup for use later during the winter. The shredded zucchini goes great in soups, stews, muffins and breads like this one.

Make Ahead Zucchini Muffins

This coconut flour zucchini bread recipe makes great muffins too, but you’ll have to shorten the baking time a bit. Just keep an eye on them and take them out when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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10 Tips for a Healthy, Planet-Friendly Back-to-School

10 Tips for a Healthy, Planet-Friendly Back-to-School

It’s the end of the summer and time for the kids to head back to school. So how do you combine school’s three R’s of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic with the planet’s three R’s of reduce, reuse, and recycle?

Here are 10 tips for getting off to a healthy, planet-friendly school year.

1. Get new school clothes second hand.

Kids outgrow clothing very quickly, so buying new clothes from retail stores not only wastes a lot of money for very little value, but “fast fashion” also contributes greatly to both sweatshop labor and environmental degradation from the GMO crops, oil-based synthetic fabrics and toxic dyes used to make them. In fact, the clothing industry is the second largest polluter in the world—second only to oil!

A great way to get new school clothes for free is to organize a clothing swap with family, friends or neighbors. Some communities have “Swap, Don’t Shop” events every fall, but if there isn’t one where you live, consider organizing one yourself!

If a swap won’t work, purchasing clothing from flea markets, consignment shops and thrift stores not only embodies the eco-friendly principle of “reuse”, it’ll also save you a lot of money.

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Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Rind Pickles

When melons are in season, the rinds usually end up in the compost pile, which is a shame because the rind is the healthiest part of the melon. So before you toss it out, try this old-fashioned Southern treat: Watermelon rind pickles.

Watermelon rind is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, magnesium, and potassium. You can get even more vitamins and minerals in your watermelon by simply selecting the yellow flesh variety. The more yellow, the more nutritious it is.

Watermelon has higher concentrations of lycopene—an antioxidant that protects against cancer and cardiovascular disease—than any other fresh fruit or vegetable, and it also boosts the immune system.

For pregnant women, the benefits of watermelon rind go beyond just vitamins and minerals. The rind has also been proven to reduce heart burn or acid reflux, reduce swelling, and its natural sugars can even alleviate morning sickness and dehydration. In the third trimester, consuming watermelon rind can also reduce muscle cramps, as the amino acids citrulline and arginine contained in the fruit will help relax your blood vessels. So if you are pregnant, make sure you eat some watermelon rind from time to time.

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