10 Thanksgiving Dishes for Special Diets

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If you have guests with special dietary needs coming over this holiday (the vegan nephew, the aunt with the nut allergy, the gluten-free neighbors, the sibling on the paleo diet), there's no need to fret.

Gluten-Free

Quinoa is a high-protein, gluten-free grain that's easy to cook and reheat, making it even more holiday-friendly.

Diabetic-Friendly

A lightened up classic with only 22 grams of carbs per serving (not bad for a potato dish).

Vegetarian

Cozy, hearty and vegetarian, this stew will be a hit with everyone at the table.

Vegan

Vegan desserts, which can't rely on the usual eggs, butter and milk, are often tricky. But not anymore.

Low-Calorie

This festive main course has fewer than 400 calories per serving.

Dairy-Free

Roasting the spuds ahead keeps the potatoes moist without having to depend on butter or cream.

Nut-Free

Roasted sprouts have a nutty flavor, but those with nut allergies will have nothing to fear.

Egg-Free

A fabulous dessert with no eggs in sight.

Recipe: Bananas Flambe

No grains, no problem. This take on tabouli makes a delish side for roasted turkey.

Fiber-Filled

Whole-grain bread adds fiber and a nutty flavor to this Thanksgiving must-have.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »

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