A Nightshade Free Christmas

A Nightshade Free Christmas - I Say Nomato

Navigating the holidays can be hard when you can’t eat nightshades. These are my favourite recipes to create the perfect Nightshade Free Christmas!

A Nightshade Free Christmas - I Say Nomato

Christmas is my absolute favourite holiday. Hands down. The lights, the snow, the food, the way the fresh tree smells, the apple cider, a fireplace… it’s just the best.

Unfortunately, the holidays are some of the toughest times for people with food sensitivities and allergies. Big family dinners can turn into a minefield when you didn’t a) make the food yourself, or b) get to inspect all the ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I try not to make a habit of rooting through other people’s garbage looking for labels! … usually…

Sitting down to dinner and not being able to dig into that giant mound of mashed potatoes can be hard, but it’s okay. I’ve got your back! Here are some of my favourite recipes to help ensure you have a very merry Nightshade Free Christmas! (Or whatever!)

Appetizers:

Impress your friends and family by creating a stunning Antipasto Platter featuring this amazing Roasted Beet and Feta Hummus while everyone is sitting around, waiting for the magical last touches on dinner!

Nightshade Free Antipasto Platter - I Say Nomato

These little Bacon-Wrapped Dates are to die for! Bet you can’t eat just one.

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Need more finger foods? Try these delicious Feta and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms.

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The Main Course:

This Italian Herbs rub is the only thing I make my turkey with. Ever. It’s a hit every time. The turkey turns out juicy and flavourful, and everyone will be begging you to make it the same next year! (Forgive the old photos, this recipe definitely deserves a re-shoot!)

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And of course, the classic dinner rolls. Can’t have a big family meal without my Nana’s “Just One More” Sweet Rolls.

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These Pineapple Sweet Potatoes are a family tradition!

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Dessert:

Who can have a big turkey dinner without pumpkin pie? This Thanksgiving classic has been in my family for generations, and always makes an appearance at our Christmas dinners.

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This gorgeous Spice Pound Cake with Eggnog Buttercream is a stunner. With local cranberries, one slice is enough to savour that Christmas spirit.

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For an extra special Christmas cookie treat, impress your family with these Peppermint Macarons with Chocolate Ganache! They can be made a couple days before (I actually like mine a few days old for better consistency).

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And it’s really not Christmas in Nova Scotia until you’ve got a stack of Soft and Chewy Molasses Cookies!

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Have a very happy holiday! This will be the last post from me until the new year (thank goodness 2016 will finally be over!), so I’m wishing you all the best!

About the author

Cristina

An avid lover of all things East Coast and delicious, Cristina blogs at I Say Nomato, a site dedicated to exploring and inventing allergy-friendly food. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen, she can be found curled up with a good book or planning her next adventure.

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