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Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Main Dishes

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Let FODMAP Everyday® help you with the centerpiece of your holiday meal, while following the low FODMAP diet. These are our very best Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Main Dishes, from turkey to ham, roast beef to something a little different like duck, or a simple roast chicken. And we have vegetarian and vegan options, along with some hearty pastas for those that like those additions on the table. Having irritable bowel syndrome IBS does NOT mean deprivation! We have the low FODMAP foods and low FODMAP recipes you are looking for!

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Our low FODMAP recipes are lactose-free, and most are gluten-free as well. You can use our Recipe Filter to find dairy-free and/or search for recipes focused on particular ingredients. Our recipes use an evidence-based approach (based on science from Monash University and FODMAP Friendly) and bring onion and garlic flavor to your cooking, with the appropriate swaps.

We are here to help you throughout the holiday season. You can have all your favorite foods – turkey, grains, veggies, the works – all recipes developed to be easy on your gut. Watch your servings; portion size is important and it is a great time to brush up on Stacking.

Leftovers Ideas

We have included some leftover ideas for you too. Cook once, eat several times! And yes, we heartily suggest you try the funny sounding Thanksgiving Nachos!

Mains Need Sides & Desserts…and Apps & Drinks

Of course, we have the low FODMAP sides you need as well – and desserts! Please refer to those articles: Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Side Dishes and Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts as well as one devoted to holiday cookies! You’ll find everything from Green Beans with Almonds to Cranberry Sauce; Maple Syrup Glazed Carrots to your favorite low FODMAP vegetables; even a Leafy Green Salad. We have classic Pumpkin Pie (in our foolproof all butter crust) to chocolate desserts – try our Chocolate Pecan Pie With Whiskey; a Cranberry Almond Bundt Cake is a great treat to have on hand for guests.

Looking for holiday Appetizers or Drinks? We’ve got those roundups, too.

The Bird: Turkey & Friends

Here are our favorite turkey recipes, as well as our Turkey 101 article, which will help you choose, order and prepare the best bird. They can be juicy! Some are roasted in the oven – others made in the Instant Pot and Slow Cooker! We also have some duck and chicken dishes for you.

Turkey 101


Think turkey has do be dry? Not so! We show you how to buy and prepare the juiciest bird you have ever had.

Turkey Stock Made From A Carcass

Turkey stock in a measuring cup.

Save that turkey carcass to make flavorful stock.

Low FODMAP Kale & Butternut Squash Stuffed Turkey Breast

Low FODMAP Kale & Butternut Squash Stuffed Turkey Breast

A boneless turkey breast can easily be stuffed for an elegant main dish. Easy to carve, too. This version is stuffed with squash and kale.

Spatchcocked Low FODMAP Citrus Brined Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Spatchcocking a turkey makes for quick roasting – and the pieces will be evenly juicy.

Low FODMAP Beer & Brown Sugar Brined Turkey

A gorgeously roasted Beer & Brown Sugar brined turkey seen from overhead - on a platter with pomegranates and oranges.

Brining a turkey is a great technique for a juicy bird. Low FODMAP beer and brown sugar add flavor as well as moisture.

Low FODMAP Instant Pot Turkey Thighs

Put your Instant Pot to work! If you are serving 2 to 4 people, this is a great holiday main dish.

Low FODMAP Slow Cooker Turkey

Low FODMAP slow cooker turkey overhead image

Your slow cooker can help make the main holiday meal.

Low FODMAP Fastest & Easiest Roast Turkey

Fastest & Easiest Roast Turkey Ever- served with roast root vegetables, green beans and stuffing

Crank the heat and cut the turkey into pieces for quick roasting.

Low FODMAP Braised Turkey Wings With White Wine

Braised turkey wings with white wine on a platter

Cooking low and slow yields a tender results – and this dish highlights underused turkey wings.

Low FODMAP Roast Chicken With Orange & Rosemary

Low FODMAP roasted chicken right out of the oven

Not a turkey fan? Roast a chicken, which still goes well with all the traditional sides.

Low FODMAP Duck Breasts With 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.

Low FODMAP Turkey Pot Pie With Biscuit Crust

overhead image of Low FODMAP Leftover Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping on brown wooden background; blue and white plates alongside

We look forward to leftovers! This pot pie is one great reason why.

Low FODMAP Thanksgiving Pie

Slice of Thanksgiving Leftover Pie on a burgundy plate. Whole pie in background

This pie brings together all of your leftovers in one dish. Always a conversation starter.

Low FODMAP Thanksgiving Nachos

Digging in to Thanksgiving nachos fresh out of the oven withe melted cheese

OK, we know you are looking at this and scratching your head. Trust us. TRY THESE!

Low FODMAP Turkey Coconut Curry

turkey curry with spinach

With low FODMAP curry powder and canned coconut milk in the pantry this dish will come together in a flash.

Low FODMAP Turkey & Swiss Sandwich

Low FODMAP Turkey & Swiss Sandwich on a white plate; Russian Dressing in background

A classic sandwich – made low FODMAP, complete with Russian Dressing.


We love ham – and they serve a crowd, which make them perfect for parties.

Is Ham Low FODMAP?

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Ham can be low FODMAP. Read how to choose the right one.

Low FODMAP Ham With Pineapple

Low FODMAP Ham with Pineapple on blue platter

Pineapple and ham is a classic combo – and our recipe is low FODMAP.

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP 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, made into a low FODMAP rendition.

Low FODMAP Ham & Cheese Scones

horizontal image of low FODMAP Ham & Cheese Scones on black plate, on stone surface

Leftover ham in a flaky pastry. These savory scones are a lovely breakfast, brunch or snack.

Low FODMAP Ham & Cheese Quiche

overhead image of ham & cheese low FODMAP quiche, whole, in pie pan with blue and white plates alongside

Classic quiche, with ham and cheese in a flaky, buttery low FODMAP, gluten-free crust.

Low FODMAP Ham & Cheese Strata

overhead shot of ham and cheese strata in a white casserole dish on a rack against a blue background

This strata is like a quiche, without having to make a separate crust.

Low FODMAP Ham & Cheese Savory Bread Pudding

overhead of savory bread pudding in white oval casserole with broccoli and tomato

Robin and I used to make this savory bread pudding at our bakery all the time. Folks loved it for lunch or a light dinner.

Low FODMAP Breakfast Casserole

overhead Low FODMAP Breakfast Casserole in baking dish on a cooling rack

Potatoes and ham – a beloved combo – in a breakfast casserole.

Beef & Lamb

Low FODMAP Standing Rib Roast With 3 Ingredients

viking carving set on cutting board next to cooked rib roast

Three ingredients to a juicy, tender roast beef. Use a sharp carving knife to slice effortlessly.

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP 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!

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP Garlic & Herb Roast Leg of Lamb

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

Low FODMAP garlic flavor in this classic leg of lamb roast.

Low FODMAP 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 is low FODMAP!

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP Roast Beef Hash

overhead of roast beef hash with fried egg and blue napkin

Leftover roast beef? Make roast beef hash!

Vegetarian & Vegan Holiday Main Dishes

Low FODMAP Polenta With Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale

Low FODMAP Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms & Kale on an aqua plate

Sliced pre-cooked polenta makes a great vegan main-dish. Hearty low FODMAP oyster mushrooms and kale add color, texture and nutrition.

Low FODMAP Vegan, Gluten-Free Pot Pie

overhead image of Vegan, Gluten-Free, Low FODMAP Pot Pie on a white plate

Pot pie can be vegan! Here we have root vegetables and a luscious gravy under a pastry.

Low FODMAP Loaded Vegetarian Stuffing

partial view of Loaded Low FODMAP Vegetarian Stuffing in oval dish

This stuffing has so much going for it: bread, winter squash, chestnuts, grapes – it is a powerhouse of flavor and texture. Add some gravy for a great main! And yes, we have a Vegetarian Gravy! It will blow your mind.

Low FODMAP Vegan Brown Rice Stuffing

side view of Vegan low FODMAP brown rice stuffing with apples & hazelnuts in an oval white casserole on dark surface_

Looking for a vegan stuffing that can become a main dish? This is it!

Low FODMAP Spinach & Blue Cheese Polenta With Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Spinach and Blue Cheese Polenta with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes in a rustic bowl

Polenta can be a satisfying hearty plant-based main dish.

Low FODMAP Winter Vegetable Frittata

Winter Vegetable Frittata

This one-skillet frittata can function as an easy main dish during any weekday – or grace the holiday table.

Low FODMAP Roasted Kabocha With Crispy Quinoa

kabocha with crispy quinoa crumbs overhead shot on oval white platter

Kabocha is a winter squash that is sweet, creamy and hearty. The quinoa adds texture and protein.

Pasta! Pasta! Pasta!

Low FODMAP 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

Look for low FODMAP gluten-free pasta, such as rice based. The pumpkin adds creaminess, color and flavor and the sage adds savoriness.

Low FODMAP Super Deluxe Baked Ziti

baked ziti

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.

Low FODMAP Four Cheese Baked Penne

Low FODMAP Recipe for Four Cheese Baked Penne

This is an elegant penne dish, formed and baked in a springform pan. Unmold it and wait for the oohs and aahs.

Low FODMAP Baked Ziti With Sausage

view of crusty top of Super Deluxe Low FODMAP Baked Ziti

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

Low FODMAP 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.

Low FODMAP Manicotti with Kale

Low FODMAP Manicotti on a white plate with silver fork; green napkin

Our manicotti is a hearty vegetarian main dish. You might have to order the manicotti shells, so plan ahead accordingly.

Holiday Appetizers For Everyone! Even For Delicate Digestions!

Low FODMAP Charcuterie and Cheese board on coffee table
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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

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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!

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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.

Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts to Enjoy While Keeping Your Bloat at Bay


When gearing up for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we might first think of turkey or ham, but our thoughts go to pies and desserts pretty quickly! We have over 50 Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts for you. We will help you keep IBS symptoms at bay and still enjoy your holiday season. Click for Thanksgiving & Christmas Low FODMAP Desserts.

Low FODMAP & Gluten-Free Tummy Friendly Christmas Cookies


Looking for the best low FODMAP gluten-free Christmas cookies and bar recipes? Whether you are celebrating Christmas or any other winter holiday, we have 60+ low FODMAP gluten-free cookies, brownies and bars for you – and they are easy on your digestion. Click for Low FODMAP & Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies.

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