mashed potatoes are traditionally made with lots of butter and heavy cream. instead ask your host ahead of time to take some of the boiled potatoes out of the pan before adding butter and cream. add a little salt and pepper and mash your own bowl sans dairy! or how about roasted potatoes, a nice grainy bread or rice? or my personal favorites: roasted turnips (sub ghee for the butter) or roasted radishes - super yum! or bring your own acne safe mashed cauliflower and turn your friends and family on to this delicious low carb dish.
green bean casserole can be made with butter, cream, and sometimes canned soups (like cream of mushroom) that contain dairy and soy. instead skip the cassarole or ask your host to set aside some cooked green beans before they casserole them. you can also offer to bring a delicious paleo version that will be sure to please all of the foodies at the table.
gravy can contain cream, butter and white flour. instead skip it or ask your host to set aside some turkey drippings for you before they add the thickeners. this recipe uses coconut milk and potato starch to make the worlds best paleo gravy. our very own emily raves about this one which she made last year when her husband was still vegan. she says it was BOMB, even better than regular gravy if that's possible.
bread usually contains dairy when made from scratch and can also contain soy if store bought. instead offer to bake the dinner rolls using this amazing dairy free recipe, this paleo recipe, or pick up a loaf at a local bakery where they can tell you which varieties are dairy free. or impress everyone with these low carb keto buns. switch out the butter for ghee which is butter with the milk solids removed. ghee is a very anti-inflammatory fat and a step up from butter in acne safetyness.
salad dressing can contain dairy in the form of cream and cheese or soy as soy bean oil or soy lecithin. instead enjoy your salad without the dressing or make a simple vinaigrette like any of these. so what if you can't avoid eating these foods? your host is persistent that you try their lovingly prepared holiday offerings and you are absolutely starving and there are no alternatives in sight...(pause, deep breath, big sigh)....then OK, you can just have a literal bite. try sharing a non-safe food with someone if you really can't avoid it altogether. or try eating around the obvious acne foes and discreetly throw the leftover cheese, sauce or tofurkey away. what are some of your favorite holiday recipes? share them with us on instagram @skinsalvationacneclinic