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25 Holiday Main Dishes That Aren’t Turkey

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We are turkey fans, but know that many of you are not. Or sometimes you want a secondary main dish, that can range from ham, slow-roasted leg of lamb or standing rib roast, to a baked pasta dish, or some other non-poultry offering – like main dishes for the vegans and vegetarians. We have 25 delectable offerings for you!

Duck Breasts with Peaches & Red Wine

overhead image of Low FODMAP Duck Breasts with Peaches & Red Wine on a green plate

Duck breasts are quick to cook and provide an elegant variation on the expected poultry. Get the recipe.

Four Cheese Baked Penne

Low FODMAP Recipe for Four Cheese Baked Penne
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

This cheesy baked pasta dish can be made in a casserole, but how impressive is it to be able to unmold it and present it as seen in the image above? All you need is a 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan. Present at a dinner party and await the oohs and aahs. Get the recipe.

Ham with Pineapple

Low FODMAP Ham with Pineapple on blue platter

Pineapple and ham is a classic combo – and our recipe is easy and a community favorite. Get the recipe.

Cranberry Hot Pepper Glazed Ham

Low FODMAP Cranberry Hot Pepper Glazed Ham on oval white platter with pan juices and assorted mustard

Sweet/tart cranberry and a bit of heat are a lovely addition to ham. Get the recipe.

Brown Sugar Baked Ham

brown sugar baked ham glazed with sugar and mustard and studded with cloves on a platter with carving tools

Classic brown sugar baked ham is perfect for any family get together. Get the recipe.

Whole Roast Fish

Low FODMAP Whole Roast Fish on sheet pan stuffed with lemons and herbs

Who said Thanksgiving Dinner couldn’t be both easy and spectacular? A whole roast fish is both! We love the presentation at the table of a whole roast fish and you can make as much or as little as needed – by roasting a large fish or smaller fish. Get the recipe.

Manicotti with Kale

Low FODMAP Manicotti on a white plate with silver fork; green napkin
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Gluten-free manicotti shells stuffed with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan and chopped baby kale for added color and nutrition. You might have to order the rice-based manicotti shells, so plan ahead. Get the recipe.

Standing Rib Roast With 3 Ingredients

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Three ingredients to a juicy, tender roast beef. Roast beef has never been so effortless. Get the recipe.

Standing Rib Roast With Dijon Herb Crust

Low FODMAP Standing Rib Roast with a Dijon Herb Crust on oval platter-2

Enhance your Standing Rib Roast with a delectable, flavorful crust of Dijon mustard, rosemary, thyme and Garlic-Infused Olive Oil. Get the recipe.

Ridiculously Easy Roast Beef

Low FODMAP Rare roast beef-sliced

Roast beef doesn’t get easier than this! No need to tell guests how simple this main dish was to make. Get the recipe.

Slow Roasted Boneless Leg Of Lamb

Low FODMAP Boneless Leg of Lamb, carved on wooden board, yellow flowers in background

Using low heat to slow roast lamb yields a tender result. Get out your carving board! Get the recipe.

Moroccan Lamb Shanks

Low FODMAP Recipe for Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate and Mint

Lamb shanks are a dramatic main dish, perfect for a holiday. Get the recipe.

Garlic & Herb Roast Leg of Lamb

roast leg of lamb on a cutting board with frsh herbs alongside

Garlic and rosemary flavor in this classic leg of lamb roast. Get the recipe.

Whole Roast Orange Rosemary Chicken

roast chicken stuffed with orange

Don’t want to miss out on the poultry but just don’t need the hassle of cooking a large Turkey? We love a roast chicken. Any day of the week! So why not Thanksgiving too? Doesn’t get easier or more delicious than this. Get the recipe.

Super Deluxe Baked Ziti

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What makes this baked pasta dish “super deluxe” is the combo of pasta, ground protein of choice (turkey, pork or chicken), sausage, fennel seeds, Italian herbs and loads of cheeses. Get the recipe.

Horseradish Crusted Roast Beef

plated low FODMAP horseradish crusted roast beef with casserole of mashed sweet potatoes in backrgound

Horseradish is a powerhouse condiment that transforms this gorgeous roast beef. Get the recipe.

Sweet & Sour Brisket

overhead image of brisket with sweet potatoes & grapes in a red and white platter

This sweet and sour brisket is fork tender and feeds a crowd. Get the recipe.


low FODMAP Spanakopita Spinach Pie closeup on white plate
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our version of spanakopita is low FODMAP. It does rely on classic wheat-based filo dough, but in portions that are compliant with the diet. And our version is lactose-free, too! So, if you’ve been looking for a spanakopita that you can eat without triggering IBS symptoms, this one is it. Get the recipe for Spanakopita.

Vegan Gluten-Free Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping

Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low FODMAP Pot Pie in casserole dish and on plate
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Jam-packed with root vegetables like carrots, potatoes, parsnips, as well as kale, meaty mushrooms (oyster ‘shrooms!), miso for umami, a light thyme-scented sauce made with Vegetable Broth and unsweetened almond milk.

All of this is topped with “buttery”, super-simple drop biscuits made with gluten-free flour and vegan “butter” spread. Get the recipe.

Loaded Vegetarian Stuffing

overhead view of Loaded Low FODMAP Vegetarian Stuffing in oval casserole dish_
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

We know this says this is merely a “stuffing” but it is so hearty, it can function as a main attraction. Look at the ingredients: sourdough bread, winter squash, chestnuts, grapes, scallions, leek greens, kale, fresh herbs and more.

Baked Ziti With Sausage

view of crusty top of Super Deluxe Low FODMAP Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is comfort food to the max – and sausages make it extra hearty. Get the recipe.

Roasted Pumpkin Baked Pasta with Sage

close overhead shot of baked pasta with roasted pumpkin, fresh mozzarella and sage in white baking pan on rack
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Roasted Pumpkin Baked Pasta with Sage is hearty, yet a bit elegant. Gluten-free pasta combined with roasted kabocha squash (also called pumpkin), red bell peppers and kale with Garlic-Infused Oil along with marinara, fresh mozzarella and sage. Comfort food, easy to make, and will please everyone at the party. Reheats well, too. Get the recipe.

Roasted Gnocchi With Tomatoes

closeup of Low FODMAP Roasted Gnocchi With Tomatoes, Basil & Arugula on oval white dish
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Have you ever oven-roasted prepared gnocchi? You will never boil them again! This one-pan wonder will blow you away. Juicy roasted tomatoes, fresh arugula and basil, along with gluten-free potato gnocchi are so much more than a sum of the parts. Get the recipe.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

low FODMAP stuffed zucchini boats in glass baking dish and also alongside on white plate with fork
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Our Stuffed Zucchini Boats are vegetarian, feature a rice, tofu and cheese filling and are covered with tomato sauce and more cheese. Get the recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats.

Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana

overhead view of low FODMAP eggplant parmigiana in white casserole on cooling rack
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Are you looking for a quick and easy, light eggplant Parmesan? With no breading and reduced calories? This Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana is the recipe for you. We like this version as a side dish. Get the recipe for Lighter Eggplant Parmigiana. And PS: if you want a heartier version, we have that too!

Baked Shells With Meatballs

Baked Shells Stuffed with Meatballs

Baked shells are a crowdpleaser – and add meatballs to the mix and folks will clamor for the recipe. We love Tinkayada large shells. Get the recipe.

Polenta with Mushrooms & Kale

Low FODMAP Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale on an aqua plate
Photo Credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Looking for a vegan fall and winter main dish? This recipe for Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale will please vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The polenta is purchased in logs and ready to go, which means that this elegant dish can be whipped up on a weeknight. The mushrooms are simply sautéed in a skillet with garlicky oil and seasoning and ladled over the crisp polenta rounds. Get the recipe.

Holiday Appetizers For Everyone! Even For Delicate Digestions!

Low FODMAP Charcuterie and Cheese board on coffee table
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Appetizers! Perhaps not an everyday thing, but around the holidays we love to have a spread of little nibbles. These are our very best Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP & Gluten Free Appetizers and hors d’oeuvres from simple, to sublime, easy to elegant. You will find what you are looking for whether you need a dish to take to a party, something for a buffet, or a plated appetizer.

Read: Low FODMAP & Gluten Free Holiday Appetizers.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Drinks: Cocktails, Mocktails & More For Even The Most Sensitive Of Stomachs

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These are our favorite Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Drinks, from spirited cocktails, to no-alcohol mocktails, eggnogs, mulled wine, punches, mimosas, spritzers, champagne drinks, hot cocoa, hot chocolate and more. Read: Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Drinks: Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Thanksgiving & Christmas Tummy Friendly Low FODMAP Side Dishes

Images by Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Whether it’s the Thanksgiving table or Christmas dinner, you all told us that the side dishes were the most perplexing when it came to preparing something delicious and staying on the low FODMAP diet. 

We have dozens and dozens of low FODMAP Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes for you from green vegetables to stuffingsroot vegetables to cranberry saucesleafy salads to grains – we’ve got it all to add flavor and variety to your holiday meal. We want FODMAP Everyday® to be your first and one-stop for low-FODMAP recipes. Read Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Side Dishes.

We’ve Got Gravy!

Low FODMAP Gravy graphic.
Photo credit: Dédé Wilson from FODMAP Everyday®.

Don’t miss our gravy roundup. We even have vegetarian, vegan and white low FODMAP gravy! Click HERE.

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