Kidney-Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes

Holidays and family traditions seem to revolve around the dinner table. Yet, while eating is a favorite Thanksgiving Day pastime, dialysis patients are all too aware of the impact holiday foods can have on their labs. This year enjoy the foods you love without suffering the bad effects. has prepared a tasty menu packed with turkey and all the trimmings that’s perfect for those on the renal diet and a treat to guests who will never guess these dishes are low in sodium, phosphorus and potassium. In addition to the menu, we’ve provided a complete grocery list to assist you in shopping for this impressive meal. Plus, the easy-to-follow recipes are designed to provide maximum flavor and minimal effort.

Of course, if you’re invited to dine with family and friends this Thanksgiving, you may want to prepare a few of the appetizers and side dishes to bring along. This ensures you’ll have renal-safe foods you can enjoy. Many times family and friends want to be supportive and provide foods that adhere to the dialysis diet, but they’re not sure what to cook. You can feel confident recommending these 16 taste-tested recipes that will be delicious to everyone gathered around the Thanksgiving table.

Please remember when dining on this special holiday to watch your portions. Each recipe shows the recommended serving size for the general renal diet. When eating the portions indicated you will be within the guidelines of most renal diets. As always talk with your doctor or dietitian about your individual dietary restrictions before trying any recipe.

Everyone at wishes you safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Shopping list

Baking Goods

  • 1 pound all purpose flour
  • 1 small box white sugar
  • 1 small box brown sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda

Breads & Crackers

  • 24 matzo cracker miniatures
  • 1 loaf white bread

Canned Goods

  • 2 cans jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 can low sodium chicken broth

Dairy & Nondairy

  • 8-ounce carton sour cream
  • three 8-ounce packages light cream cheese
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 carton low cholesterol egg product
  • 1 egg
  • 1 quart liquid nondairy creamer


  • 4 large apples
  • 2 bags fresh cranberries


  • 1/4 pound cooked, shelled shrimp
  • 10 to12 pound turkey, fresh or frozen (avoid self basting due to high sodium)


  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1 bottle diet 7UP®
  • 1 package orange Kool-Aid®
  • 1 small bottle olive oil
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 small package chopped walnuts
  • 1 bag dried, sweetened cranberries
  • 1 frozen pie crust
  • 1 carton Cool Whip® nondairy topping


  • 1 small jar Dijon mustard
  • 1 small bottle ketchup, no salt added
  • Mrs. Dash® onion herb seasoning
  • Tabasco® sauce
  • vanilla extract
  • red wine vinegar
  • 1 bottle red wine vinaigrette dressing
  • Worcestershire sauce


  • ground allspice
  • bay leaves
  • black pepper
  • cinnamon sticks
  • ground cinnamon
  • whole cloves
  • orange zest
  • poultry seasoning
  • pumpkin pie spice


  • 2 pounds asparagus
  • 1 pound bag carrots
  • 1 bundle celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 head garlic or 10 cloves
  • 1 head butterhead lettuce
  • 1 package mushroom pieces
  • 4 medium onions
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 large potatoes
  • 1 bunch radishes
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch sage
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1 bunch thyme

(herbs packed together may be available)


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