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Acne-Free Thanksgiving: Menu and Tips

Thanksgiving feast

Thanksgiving is a dairy, flour and sugar gorge-fest that could single-handedly turn you into a “pizza face” just in time for Christmas. So, I’ve put together an Acne-Friendly Thanksgiving Menu, with tips on how to modify and keep your family’s favorite recipes on your Thanksgiving table.


  • Roasted Free-Range Turkey
  • Make-Ahead Gravy
  • Pear-Ginger Cranberry Sauce
  • Bread Stuffing with Cashews
  • Cornbread Stuffing with Apples
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie


  1. Turkey: Use non-iodized salt for your brine and rub
  2. Gravy: Whisk in a tablespoon or two of gluten-free tapioca or rice flour.
  3. Stuffing: Follow your favorite recipe and substitute toasted cubes of gluten-free cornbread, a loaf of store-bought gluten-free white bread or Whole Foods Gluten-Free Bakehouse Stuffing Cubes.
  4. Bread Crumb Topping on Vegetables: Process Van’s Original Gluten-Free Waffles into perfect golden crumb topping.
  5. Potatoes, Pumpkin and Squash: Use unsweetened full-fat coconut milk and extra virgin olive oil or grass-fed butter.
  6. Cookie Crumb Pie Crust: Use Midel’s Gluten-Free Gingersnaps or Pamela’s cookies (Lemon or Ginger or Chocolate, depending upon the filling) processed into crumbs. Joy of Cooking has a classic crumb recipe that you can substitute with gluten-free cookies.