Holiday Meal Planning: How Do You Accommodate Special Diets?

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Thanksgiving is a pretty cut and dried holiday. Guests usually have an idea of what they're going to be eating before they sit down at the table: the standard turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce, maybe with twists depending on where you eat the meal. If you're hosting Thanksgiving this year, what do you do about special diets? As a person with a ridiculous list of food allergies, my plan is simple: don't worry about me!

At the risk of feeling slightly rude when I bring my own food to holiday meals, I am of the opinion that requesting special (and sometimes very complicated) cooking is even ruder. So — I pose this question to you readers. What do you do when it comes to inviting guests that have special or restricted diets? Whether it be vegan, Celiac's, food allergies, or the like, how do you handle these situations? And if you are the special dieter, what is your plan for holiday meals? We'd love to hear your suggestions and thoughts in the comments!

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