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You’ve got a niece who won’t eat meat, a cousin who won’t touch gluten and a brother-in-law who’s trying to lose weight by avoiding carbs. Hosting a large meal is always stressful, but it’s even more difficult when you’re dealing with dietary restrictions. Accommodate everyone with these Thanksgiving dishes.

Gluten Free: Gluten refers to the proteins found in certain grains. People with celiac disease cannot digest it properly. If one of your Thanksgiving guests is avoiding gluten, a naturally gluten-free rice-based dressing is sure to please. Many recipes are available, including this one from Pioneer Woman and this vegetarian option from the Spruce.

Most gravies contain gluten from flour, but Bon Appetit offers tips for using several gluten-free substitutions, including cornstarch and arrowroot.

Vegetarian and Vegan: Turkey is obviously out of the question for devout vegans and vegetarians. Instead of just telling them to avoid the main dish, consider providing substitutions, like the 10 meatless turkey alternatives suggested by One Green Planet.

When preparing mashed potatoes, stuffing and other sides, avoid adding dairy or meat-based fats. Vegetable-based fats, including vegetable oil and margarines that don’t contain any dairy, are vegan-friendly. And while meat-eaters may think that bacon makes everything better, vegans would prefer you didn’t add it to salads and other vegetable dishes.

Low Sugar and Low Carb: Whether your guests are diabetic or simply trying to watch what they eat, they’ll be happy for low-sugar options when it comes time for dessert. Cooking Light’s list of diabetic Thanksgiving desserts include spiralized cinnamon apples with Greek yogurt and other recipes that are sure to be a hit with everyone. Eating Well’s list of diabetic Thanksgiving desserts includes low-sugar versions of pumpkin pie and other traditional dishes.

Compared to low-sugar diets, low-carb diets generally cut out a wider range of carbohydrates, including grains and potatoes in addition to sugar. This rules out a lot of traditional items, including bread, mashed potatoes, stuffing and most desserts, but there’s still plenty that low-carb dieters can eat. Sugar Free Mom has compiled a list of 60 sugar-free low-carb Thanksgiving recipes, including appetizers, sides and desserts.

No Fuss: Don’t want to cook or clean? Take your family to a restaurant instead. Just make sure you get a reservation ahead of time. Also, many restaurants have a set Thanksgiving menu, so ask about accommodations for any dietary restrictions ahead of time.

If your holiday menu includes alcohol, make sure it doesn’t also include a DUI. If you need to drive – say, to get in line for early Black Friday shopping deals – don’t drink. If you’re going to drink, don’t drive.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from all of us at Dashers Auto Insurance!